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Neil Mick's Blog Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 03-18-2005 02:12 PM
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Some thoughts before my Sandan test, and notes on preparation
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Entries: 15
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In General A note to my 100 new friends Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #11 New 04-19-2005 11:56 PM
Welcome to my blog, all you amazing TAB-people! Thank you for visiting. As soon as I am recovered from my jetlag, I will begin the process of recounting the amazing events that occurred last weekend. I am even now editing and collecting photos of the event. I am especially interested in the last huge group photo, as I was in the middle of it and could not take it, with my camera.

By all accounts, it was a wonderful seminar. What really strikes me is the recurring imagery of the "wave" that seems to pop up. I guess it originated within a Seminar keiko (but which one? Which Sensei referred to a "wave" first? Was it Goto Sensei? Or Zimron Sensei? I think it was Jamie Zimron, but I am not sure), and now it takes on the symbolic overture of the whole event...WE are the first wave, the beginning of a ripple that is spreading outward to the whole Aikido community, even now.

In class today, I briefly recounted the troubles the Iraqi students had in getting to Cyprus. My Sensei, Linda Holiday wryly noted how it makes any difficulties WE might have in getting to the dojo seem paltry, by comparison.

Please, feel free to drop me a comment here, or at my email address.
I look forward to the day when we can train again: either in smaller groups, or as a huge, tidal mass, again. Check back here soon (in a few days) for the more detailed description of the Seminar, with pic's.

Gambatte!
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#2 04-20-2005 07:37 PM
Neil Mick Says:
Thank you, John. Great to hear from you. I spoke to the Iraqi's a little bit, but I did not have the time to chat overmuch on politics (I was very busy). I am writing my latest journal entry now, but there's a lot of info to cover. Stay tuned: I will talk about what one Iraqi did say about the Occupation, in my entry. About our past disagreements: to me, it was all discussion. I hold no grudges, and I apologize if I offended, in the past. Please check back soon: the journal will be updated in a day or so (with picture-links, Jun-willing ).
#1 04-20-2005 11:04 AM
John Boswell Says:
Neil, Welcome back from Cyprus! I'm looking forward to seeing your pictures and hearing about the seminar. I know we've had our differences in the past on political issues, and I'm not about to start in on that... but you mentioned Iraqi students coming over and the difficulties they had getting to the seminar. Did you get any feedback from them on how things are going over there? I'm curious to hear about that, as well as about the seminar. Take care, John B.
 




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