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Monthly Archives: September 2011

Summer Aikido Training Equals Results

Congratulations to Guiseppe who recently passed his 6th Kyu Orange belt test at Eiryukan Aikido Lincoln. Guiseppe attended twice a week over the summer holidays finishing off his 7th and making short work of 6th kyu. Watching Eiryukans Youtube Channel has also given a boost to his skills and shown the diligence it takes to make sound progress. Now he is the star of his own clip which you can see below. Many thanks to Damian, Guiseppes Dad who has supported him in his Aikido path. Great team work guys. See you at black belt one day soon.

Aikido 5th Kyu Grade!

Hearty congratulations go to Julie for making 5th Kyu grade last Wednesday night at The Ark, Hykeham. I happily presented her with her Yoshinkan Certification and red belt last night at The Boiler House. Julie often says that students who find martial arts the hardest, making the most effort to achieve, last the longest and get the most from it. I have observed her continued dedication with ups and downs over the previous few months and she has pushed on with great spirit through the highs and the lows. A definite example of excellence. Its understandably easy to allow petty things to get in the way or give up when the going gets tough, and thats why only those special few can enjoy Aikido to its full. He who climbs the highest peaks gets the best view or in this case she :)

Julie and Neville

Julie and Sensei Neville

“Aikido is a bit like decorating!”

As we hit September I’d like to share a metaphor from one of my students. She said Aikido is a bit like decorating. First you blast out the room and you can see a lot of changes and then things feel different. But then actually when you look there is a fair bit of snagging to do and you go around paying attention to details. What a great description! It definately gives one the idea of the different levels people can approach martial arts or any task in daily life. Fast and slow, carefully, joyfully, the variety is endless. The awareness is important and the understanding of how progress is being made is significant.

At the end of the day, how fast one progresses in terms of grades is not so important, rather that the level and quality of the knowledge is raised. An increase in awareness of the level of precision. An understanding of where we are now. If we know where we are we will never be lost. So look round your rooms and see where you are first. Maybe thats good maybe we feel the need to do something else, or more importantly try a different way of what we do.

Be aware in whatever you do this month!