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I'm completely jealous -- I know I'm in Iwama but I miss the Tahoe Gashuku experience. It's great having so many similar minds in one spot. Though, as you say, everyone differs in their aikido to one degree or another, most everyone has an earnest will to progress along whatever path they're heading down.

Plus I miss the Lake, the friends, the food (oh to have a nice place where I could just amble down and get a grilled sandwich of some kind), all the TAOS crowd. Today you're training with Hitohiro Soke -- I'm looking forward to his return.

Well, actually, I have mixed feelings about it but you'll have to see my blog about that... :)


A very sweet post.When mine turned six I very much felt like he was tuinnrg 13. Very much un-needed. Except in the middle of the night when the bad dreams come, and when he is sick, and when he needs the perfect breakfast, and when he needs a partner to play Mancala. Or into the woods. Because no one else will.See? We ARE still needed

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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.