Category Archives: life

The Murk

Is it necessary to have clarity in my aikido practice? It feels like I should, like I should have something to work on and focus on every time I step on to the mat. I don’t. Perhaps the almost two … Continue reading

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O’Sensei

Today, April 26th, is the anniversary of the death of Morihei Ueshiba, or O’Sensei as Aikido practitioners call him, which means ‘Great Teacher’. Morihei Ueshiba created the martial art Aikido. Although O’Sensei is no longer with us, his art lives … Continue reading

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True Emptiness

“If you have not Linked yourself To true emptiness, You will never understand The Art of Peace.” ~O’Sensei, The Art of Peace I’ve been contemplating what the phrase “linked yourself to true emptiness” means in this poem, at least in … Continue reading

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The Practice of Peace

**Today my dojo is participating in our town’s annual Peace Fair. I decided to repost this blog about the practice of peace in honor of the event and in the ideal of peace.** “The choice between love and fear is … Continue reading

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The Man (or Woman) in the Arena

I’ve been contemplating this quote by Theodore Roosevelt for the past couple of days: “It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have … Continue reading

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Aikido and Dance

**I wrote this in 2011 when I was preparing for my second degree (nidan) black belt test. If you’d like to read the essay for my shodan test, it’s here.** “Move like a beam of light; Fly like lightning, Strike … Continue reading

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The Day I Learned to Dance

On September 14th, 2008—six years ago today—I learned how to dance. Oh, I danced in my house, by myself, but I didn’t like dancing in front of people. I was so inhibited about dancing in public that I’d not go … Continue reading

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The ‘Sho’ in Shodan

I recently hung the certificates that I received for earning my first and second level black belts. They are beautiful certificates, filled with Japanese kanji, and look like artwork. As I hung them, I wondered why the first level black … Continue reading

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The Uneasy Deal

**April 5th, 2014 was the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death.  I wrote this short story thinking about him, his death, and the deaths of many other musicians at a young age.** The Uneasy Deal by Kim Barton  Jeremy grabbed … Continue reading

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My Aikido Path

I wrote this in 2007, when I was up for promotion to shodan (first degree black belt) in Aikido. My teacher asks all of us who test for dan rank to write an essay about how Aikido affects our lives. … Continue reading

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