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moon in the water Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 04-26-2010 10:46 PM
the water does not try
to reflect the moon
and the moon has no desire
to be reflected
but when the clouds clear
there is the moon in the water
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In General the master speed Entry Tools Rating: 5 Stars!
  #63 New 05-07-2011 04:09 AM
the master speed
Ayrton Senna by Iwao used under creative commons licence

On a given day, a given circumstance, you think you have a limit. And you then go for this limit and you touch this limit, and you think, 'Okay, this is the limit.' As soon as you touch this limit, something happens and you suddenly can go a little bit further. With your mind power, your determination, your instinct, and the experience as well, you can fly very high.
Ayrton Senna

I like smoke and lightning
Heavy metal thunder
Racing with the wind

Steppenwolf, Born to be Wild

No speed of wind or water rushing by
But you have a speed far greater. You can climb
Back up a stream of radiance to the sky,
And back through history up the stream of time.
And you were given this swiftness, not for haste
Nor chiefly that you may go where you will.
But in the rush of everything to waste,
That you may have the power of standing still

Robert Frost, The Master Speed

If everything seems under control, you're just not going fast enough.
Mario Andretti

I watched Senna recently. It's a 2010 documentary movie about Ayrton Senna, the brilliant Brazilian Formula One racing driver. By chance it was just about the anniversary of his death. He died on 1 May 1994 aged 34. It's a moving film. There is a shot of three Japanese F1 announcers breaking down in tears as they gave the news of his death.

Something about Ayrton Senna struck a chord in Japan. He was one of the most popular foreign athletes ever. He was talented and charismatic but it was deeper than that. He lived his racing - and his life - as a spiritual quest. Always to be a better driver. And always to be a better human. For many martial artists that will be familiar.

Ayrton Senna, 1960-1994. Descanse em paz.



The Master Speed by Robert Frost
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Born to be Wild cover by Slade
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RSS Feed 5 Responses to "the master speed"
#5 08-15-2011 04:29 AM
niall Says:
Yes Carina - that's good advice. Practice the things you're not comfortable with.
#4 05-07-2011 12:12 PM
guest1234567 Says:
1.5.2004 for the 10th anniv. EMI Music released a DVD: The official tribute to A. S. Videos: the right to win 1and in the same page it cont. with part 2- 5.As a child he drove karts and as he had difficulties in rainy days he practiced so many times until he became the best driver in that weather, that is a good quality for aikidokas: to practice much more the for us more dificult techniques.
#3 05-07-2011 09:10 AM
niall Says:
Thank you Diana! Thanks Carina. Ayrton Senna secretly donated millions of dollars to underprivileged children while he was alive and the Instituto Ayrton Senna continues that great work.
#2 05-07-2011 07:10 AM
guest1234567 Says:
Thank you Niall for this deep and thoughtful post. You are right we can reach everything we propose living every day fully and become better aikidokas and better humans. Ayrton Senna shows that you can be a better human even after death. I found this nice quote of him on his website "If we want to change something, we must start with the children, through their education".
#1 05-07-2011 06:49 AM
Diana Frese Says:
Niall, you have such a great talent and skill for selecting topics that relate to Aikido, Japan or any other topic that is informative and inspiring! This one reminds me of hitting 70 mph on I-95 on the way to Mystic for the wedding of my husband's step brother in a Volvo wagon that was around ten years old. The closest thing to flying for a usually sedate driver.... The road was clear it was a bright morning, and I just felt like it....

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