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Things I have noticed about myself. I have lost an edge of quickness on my feet but I am hoping that this will come back with more work. I have a better appreciation of being able to practice, both physically and mentally, I am so lucky to be able to get on the mats twice a week and learn from all those around me.
My children have also restarted their karate and I have sat in on their classes and learned a thing or two from listening. At the last session they talked about using your martial art to help you be the best you you can be. I found this very inspirational and am using it to motivate my thoughts at aikido.
I started this blog with the intention of filling it and look where that got me. Not very far.
So I recently had a very minor injury of a torn ligament at the end of one of my fingers, no big deal rest it up and it will be fine. Oh no splint for 4 weeks to keep it straight and then no contact sports for 2 more weeks or it might end up in the splint again or bent for life. My job is in healthcare of eyes so I have to be pretty dexterous and can't afford to lose that.
So here we are 4 weeks of hell is over and the splint is off and I can finally do things again! But not aikido. It is driving me some what insane. I am practising weapons at home and trying foot work drills and some Qi gong but it's not the same as being on the mats. I have missed our weekly summer school of training. Felt very frustrated and angry at the unfairness of it all.
It is however what it is and once I have come through it with the help and support of my aikido family I have come to realise that there can be more to training than the physical act of training and as such I have tried to begin the journey of mental and spiritual training with aikido. I began reading more, listening to more podcasts and generally reflecting more on my thoughts and attitude to aikido, those I train with and myself. I ha e no real firm thoughts or conclusions yet and doubt I ever will as things are always in flux, but I will try to broaden how and what I study, and try to recor