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I've got this wicked bad habit of trying to blog after enduring the increasingly mind numbing, ego eradicating, bone bending class, but hey, maybe that's just my way of enjoying what Sensei teaches. Coherent sentences will begin in the next paragraph.
I liked Sensei's message tonite. Emphasis was placed on absorbing versus deflecting an attack. This really clicked with me on an intellectual level but I still don't know how to implement it. I recall reading how O Sensei would emphasize becoming part of the attack and with tonite's lesson that makes even more sense.
Sensei talked tonite about fear and courage and the roles they have. I really appreciate when he gives practical aspects for applying Aikido. He alluded to how the principles can be used outside the dojo in everyday life. For example when your boss (uke) comes flying in to your workspace and screams at you (nage) for not putting the cover sheet on the TPS report (watch the movie Office Space for that reference), you can turn the situation around so that not only is your boss complimenting you, but possibly even promoting you! I've literally seen that happen. I watched a coworker go from getting fired to being promoted to department head. Was he an Aikido student? Nope. Did he exemplify the most amazing Aikido skill in the world? Yep. He accepted the idea of getting fired and was still able to elaborate on why he was such an asset to the company. There is never a shortage of things to learn!