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Misogi

Sun, 10/13/2019 - 02:08
Misogi

Aikido is my regular misogi practice
No talking, tongue to roof of mouth,
Breathing through the nose
Warm-ups with torifume,
With furitama, with otakebi
Responding as uke without thinking
(Or, at least, trying to)
Performing as nage without thinking
(Or, at least, trying to)
No other-criticism
No self-criticism
No self
Quiet


Categories: Aikido

Self-Hood

Mon, 09/30/2019 - 00:36
Self-Hood

To say: Ergo cogito, ergo sum
Is like looking into a mirror
And saying:
Look, I have discovered reality
Can self explore self
And declare self-hood?


Categories: Aikido

Injury frustration comes good

Wed, 08/21/2019 - 06:29
So more rambling nonsense thoughts.

I started this blog with the intention of filling it and look where that got me. Not very far.

So I recently had a very minor injury of a torn ligament at the end of one of my fingers, no big deal rest it up and it will be fine. Oh no splint for 4 weeks to keep it straight and then no contact sports for 2 more weeks or it might end up in the splint again or bent for life. My job is in healthcare of eyes so I have to be pretty dexterous and can’t afford to lose that.

So here we are 4 weeks of hell is over and the splint is off and I can finally do things again! But not aikido. It is driving me some what insane. I am practising weapons at home and trying foot work drills and some Qi gong but it’s not the same as being on the mats. I have missed our weekly summer school of training. Felt very frustrated and angry at the unfairness of it all.

It is however what it is and once I have come through it with the help and support of my aikido family I have come to realise that there can be more to training than the physical act of training and as such I have tried to begin the journey of mental and spiritual training with aikido. I began reading more, listening to more podcasts and generally reflecting more on my thoughts and attitude to aikido, those I train with and myself. I ha e no real firm thoughts or conclusions yet and doubt I ever will as things are always in flux, but I will try to broaden how and what I study, and try to record here thoughts as they occur to me.

If you happen to have read this, firstly sorry for wasting your time. Secondly happy training.
Categories: Aikido

3 Things to Expect as a Beginner in Aikido

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 14:37
Just finished uploading my latest vlog to YouTube. It's about the 3 things you can expect as a beginner in Aikido.

Click Here and Please take a look, comment, share and subscribe to my channel!


Categories: Aikido