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Relax! Aikido Harmony for May

Aikido is not for everybody is a phrase I’ve often heard. I like to think that its not that Aikido isnt for everybody just that everybody is not ready for Aikido yet.

I cant do Aikido is heard even more frequently, I cant this or that, people trip themselves up before theyve even stepped on the mat.

When someone just does though, man they make good progress, they set their goals in positive steps, I can do this, I will do that, all of a sudden, hey Im actually doing it.

When I was a white belt I used to think to myself, What would a black belt do ? Id get myself to the class in the first place I thought, and so I did. Again and again.

Once there the rest is easy, its that first step thats the hardest but the more one takes that step the easier it becomes in that and all actions.

So dont say it, just do it and make yourself the Boss of May!

A Forgiving Martial art, Aikido

What difference a month makes. From cold and dark to warm and bright, it only takes a moment. March has been a challenging month for many and a lot of important lessons have been learnt. Many have tried the way and fallen by the wayside but a few continue to forge ahead. Its easy to be complacent and forget our place when we strive however some make it look easy and never shout out about what they deserve, perhaps they know that it will be given anyway.

“The meek shall inherit the earth”. Matthew 5:5

As a beginner we should look to forgive the impatience of youth, the brashness of strength and best of all forgive ourselves.


Aikido in March, straight back and chin up !

Hot on the heels of Monday night Aikido training in Birchwood, was todays first of the month 6am training ! In both classes the importance of a straight back and a good eyeline were apparent. The opportunity of learning from new students who beautifully show us the correction we require in ourselves is always so valuable. It is very easy to see mistakes in others but self awareness is a different kettle of fish. Confidence is so critical in our stance, attitude and how we bounce along in life, how do you develop yours ?

Ive posted an article of someone elses experience for you to have a look at, enjoy !


Take March as an opportunity to try some different ways and see what happens ! You are always welcome to join us in April to let us know how you got on !

Flow in to Aikido, Martial Arts and Relaxation in Lincoln (November 2010)

What an eventful month of fluxuation and change October has been. Now the first day is upon us once again ! I am very grateful to have been joined by two wonderful people this early morning to delve into the tremendous topic of Aikido. My feeling summerised is that relaxation in movement and creating a tight axis to pivot upon were the two main themes arising, with a heatlhy dose of harmonising, thrown in for good measure !

A quote from Ueshiba Sensei’s, The Art of Peace, springs to mind,
“When attacked, unify the upper, middle and lower parts of your body. Enter, turn and blend with your opponent, front and back, right and left”.

Im sure todays participants will instantly get these words due to their diligent efforts already polished today !

Now that I have had such pleasure from training Aikido today I can once again disregard the doubt at the back of my mind which, goaded me to miss the class due to a chesty cough and a lack of sleep from an otherwise successful camping expedition over the weekend. That is what makes a black belt, constant dedication and progress over a significant time frame. I always liken the black belt process as an olympic effort, at least four years in the making and then some. I really look forward to the day when an Eiryukan student has made that grand achievment. I wonder what it will feel like ?

There really is no substitute for experience and as Shioda Sensei said, if you have any intrigue about Aikido or any subject just dive in there and try you will surely know whether it is for you in a flash ! So whether you try at 6am or 7pm either way you will know for yourself. Just like a bite of watermelon will outstrip any description. So, go on this month, I challenge you to take a taste of something, anything a little bit different that you havent before. You never know you just might find something you really want to get your teeth into after all :)

Master Aikido In October Inspired By An Emperor

The 10th month of 2010 has dawned upon us ! How did you start it off ? Myself and another student made the 6am class today and I am infinitely moved when anyone makes the effort to jump out of bed and shake off the cobwebs so thoroughly !

When I started training with Ando Sensei my work schedule meant that if I intended to train in the presence of an Aikido Master I had to get up at the crack of dawn to attend his class at 6am. In retrospect once I found my love for the subject waking up became a simpler process, that purpose and place to go and do was waiting, I just had to beat my way past the duvet first. Once I got to the class the miniscule warmth of the bed was long forgotten and the spring in my step which followed the training gave me more motivation to do it again the next day. Along the way momentum kicks in and what seemed like an impossible feat in my university days became a mere flick of the wrist.

Before I started reading about Asian philosophy I took solice from ideas formed closer to home, the wise words of a Roman Emperor may just inspire you to join us in November !

The Real Value of Work – Marcus Aurelius

When you have to drag yourself out of bed in the morning, keep this in mind: Im getting up to do the work of a human being. Why be dissatisfied if im going to do the things I was brought into this world to do ? Or have I been made to loll back in the warm sheets ?

‘It is more pleasant.’

Is your existence only for pleasure and not for activity or work ? Dont you see the little flowers, the birds, ants, spiders and bees working together to put in order their own bit of the universe ? Are you unwilling to do the work of a human being and not rush to do what your nature commands ?

‘But it is also necessary to take rest.’

Yes, its necessary, but Nature has fixed limits both to eating and drinking, and yet you go well beyond these limits, past what is needed. But with your actions this isnt so, since your efforts fall far short of your abilities. So clearly you dont love yourself, for if you did you would love your nature and its will.

Those who love their own talents exhaust themselves in working at their skill unwashed and without food, but you value your own nature less than the carpenter values his woodwork, or the dancer her dance or the greedy man money, or the boastful man a bit of fame. And such people, when they have a strong affection for something, choose not to eat or sleep rather than to perfect the things they care for.