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Yep, that's me. I am an average guy and there isn't anything special about me when it comes to Aikido. I didn't study under anyone famous or well known and stuff. And those I seek to train with in Aikido are those I think can teach me something. I can say it has been a success.
I believe, no matter how long I have or will train that I will always be a student. I can always learn from everyone, and I do.
I have had my share of dry periods between training and Sensei's. It has been good and bad. But nothing is perfect and you do the best you can do. No experience is a wasted one if you take the perspective of learning from it, that there is always something to learn from it.
I read a lot about O'Sensei's life and his writings. Both are at times rewarding and disappointing. O'Sensei is a person of interest to me; his vision for Aikido training, his life, and his views. I wish, I was able to train with and under him. In this way, I would be able to touch Aikido in its original form and intent.
I started Aikido as a result of being bullied, and found a different reason to study Aikido as a result of Aikido. I wanted to kick butt to get revenge, and found that such a path, as a result of Aikido, is a disasterious and petty path. Therefore, my skill in technique is less important than the development of my character and what I learn from Aikido. As I see it, we are all chasing O'Sensei, some people are further behind than others, some are closer then others, and I am too busy to pay attention. This is because am too busy sucking air and eating dust. The bright spot in my position is it has taught me an immeasurable amount of lessons on character and myself that I hope that I can apply.
Aikiweb and stuff. In my many posts, I have shared much of who I am, how I see things, and what I have done. In this way, I think it gives a better picture, and a greater context of myself for those who are interested (frankly I think am nothing special, but...) more than a simple tag line or two. I do this only for the purpose of learning more from others, which I have and continue to do from everyone.
Though I think am being a bit self-indulgence by complying to a few requests, I hope I was humble. And I hope to stay humble in my learning in Aikido. I find a beauty in Aikido and the words of O'Sensei, and his purpose, which are universal truths and wisdoms uniquely tied into a Japanese martial art. This is what makes Aikido special in my opinion. In a nut shell, I am searching to learn Aikido as originally intended, even though I realize that may not be possible. But being impossible doesn't mean it isn't worth trying.