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"Always train in a vibrant and joyful manner." Budo
"Practice at all times with a feeling of pleasurable exhilaration." Kisshomaru Ueshiba's Aikido
"Training must always be performed in an enjoyable manner." From the 1997 issue of "The Aikido" by Aikido world headquarters in Tokyo. Volume 34, #4. (Really, from the walls of the men's change room at our dojo.)
Unlike some of the other Rules, all the translations seem to be on the exact same page this time. We're making a commitment to being in the same room at the same time for multiple days a week, doing the same stuff with the same people. Why shouldn't we actually Not hate the experience?
We come to the martial arts promised a life changing experience. Most of us are hoping this will become a "way of life" - something we do more often, something we think about more often, want to feel more often to the exclusion of many experiences life could offer us. We're hoping to commit to a practice that pervades and influences the quality of our lives, for the rest of our lives. We are hoping this life changing experience doesn't change our lives negatively. And we should. We don't want a practice that robs us of our enjoyment of life.
I've been to the dojo where angry sanctions against a student for minor infractions are the rule and not the exception, and everyone is always on eggshells. Psychological and physical abuse is considered mandatory - usually by people who "already paid their dues" so they h