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I'm so glad I read this. To see you putting yoelsurf out there in such a real and vulnerable way is so inspiring. I too see people who just seem like they're so lucky (to quote jerry ghionis from yesterday) and it's easy to forget that they've worked extremely hard to be where they are. I feel discouraged so many times and I come across such talent that I feel completely undermined. But the more we go through, and the more we practice, the better we'll become. You are well on your way, and for the record i think you are MORE than good enough. I think you're SO GREAT! =) PS. Love love love that verse.

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Aikido Quotes

  • O-Sensei: My students think I don't lose my center. That is not so; I simply recognize it sooner and get back faster.

  • Morihiro Saito Sensei: Aikido is generally believed to represent circular movements. Contrary to such belief, however, Aikido, in its true KI form, is a fierce art piercing straight through the center of opposition.

  • Furuya Sensei on Swordsmanship: Letting go of the idea of “sword” and the idea of “action” is the meaning behind “willow in the gentle breeze.” When the slight summer breeze blows, does the willow follow the “nature of the willow,” or does it follow the “nature of the breeze?” Please think about this - in this lies the essence of sword technique.