04-20-2010, 08:10 AM
A couple of people have questioned my use of the word "tricks". Someone even said Aikido is too serious to to be tricky.
Substitute "techniques" for tricks. They actually have very similar definitions, I just like to think of them as tricks. It helps me keep a sense of humor, which helps me relax and have fun, which loosens me up and helps me have fun, relax and center. Sometimes when I do a technique so well it just "clicks", I think it is the funniest, most wonderful thing. Sensei used to get on my case for laughing in class. Now I think he understands.
I mean, I think aikido is the most second best serious fun thing you can do.
(Original blog post may be found here (http://ptsd-veterans.blogspot.com/2010/04/tricks-is-for-kids.html).)