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Creation Date: 06-08-2009 01:55 PM
Linda Eskin
My path to and through Aikido. Observations on Aikido, fitness, happiness, horses, & life, by a 53 y/o sho-dan.

This same blog (with photos and a few additional trivial posts, but without comments) can be found at www.grabmywrist.com.

I train with Dave Goldberg Sensei, at Aikido of San Diego.
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  #111 New 01-09-2011 01:05 AM
We've recently had a few project days at the dojo - a New Year's Cleaning Day before our first training of 2011, and yesterday re-stretching the mat cover, now that it's settled in after its first 6 months in use. And back in June and July we helped prepare the new location, move there, and clean up the old place.

It's one of things I really love about our dojo, and probably about martial arts schools in general, that it truly is a community, where people pitch in to help. That we can pitch in and help. There's a sense of belonging and ownership that's comes from serving in that way, and it's available to everyone, of any rank. As a relative newbie who cannot contribute much else, personally, I really value that opportunity.

In so many of our other day-to-day experiences we pay our money, get what we paid for, and call it even. We are not allowed past the "Employees Only" signs. There are "No user serviceable parts inside." We are kept out, not authorized, not needed.

In a dojo, it's a community. When your neighbor is putting up a barn or their crop needs to be brought in before a storm, you don't wait to be asked, you pitch in and help. And sometimes you bring food, too. You get more out of service than you ever give, and more than you could ever pay for. It's how the community, your community, is created, and it's a privilege to be a part of it.
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#4 01-09-2011 07:43 PM
Linda Eskin Says:
That seminar sounds like a project! Good on you for making it happen. Chocolate, eh? Sounds like your dojo has a good approach to keeping your energy up!
#3 01-09-2011 07:41 PM
Linda Eskin Says:
We sweep and vacuum, and wipe stuff down every night after class, but the stuff like dusting the tops of the lights and fans, cleaning under the shoe racks, and fixing a few things here and there... That stuff needs a little special attention.
#2 01-09-2011 06:46 AM
Shadowfax Says:
Wow hard to believe it has been six months since you moved. OUr dojo is pretty easy to clean so it usually gets done before or after class. I pretty much do the cleaning before class a couple times a week since I am always there early. I enjoy helping to care for the space that we learn in.
#1 01-09-2011 02:54 AM
guest1234567 Says:
Hi Linda, Nice post. I'm happy it is the same in your dojo as in ours. When we prepare the seminar with Frank Noel, we have to take aprox 400 qm tatami mats to the sportshall and everybody of our dojo helps, sometimes driving a lot of km the take them... My female collegues were in charge of the kamiza, they brought a bonsai, and also in charge of water and chocolates, sometimes after 4 hours training one need something sweet besides water. Like you say it is a community.

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