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Well, it's been a while since I've posted much of anything on these boards. Not that I haven't been lurking, I've experienced a shift in my Aikido and my life. I have come to the realization that I know nothing. I don't mean this in a self-deragatory way, I simply accept that most everyone on these boards and on the mats knows more than I. It's difficult for me to justify giving advice to others, so my new focus has been to listen. I'm trying to be more receptive in my technique as well, but I'm not pushing that too much right now. It also occured to me that I am trying too damn hard to get to some next level that I think I should be at, and this is blinding me. So, my current goals in life and in training (really the same thing) are to stop complaining about things, stop advizing in situations where I honestly shouldn't, and to try to listen and receive the gifts that I am given. That's the short answer for my lack of posting. Really, after having gone through a very intense period of questioning, I'm feeling very much like I need to stop pushing for answers and let them come to me. I have the nagging impression that I've missed something that I was supposed to get by talking so much that I couldn't hear what was being said to me. So, this is my first ego-killing exercise. I've thought about this before, but I'm really becoming convinced that killing my ego should be a priority... I may start posting actively again soon, or I may not. I really don't know at th
This past weekend I attended the Spring Seminar at the University of Iowa Aikikai, in Iowa City with Yoshimitsu Yamada Sensei. Well, my first seminar is done and overwith, and I've been chewing on some of the things I've learned for the past couple days. Since I'm still going through a lot of the concepts, let me keep this general for now. First things first, man that was a lot of fun! I've never even seen anyone in person higher than a sandan before, let alone having all those blackbelts in one room. Nearly every person I worked with in those 8 hours of trainind was a blackbelt. In normal training, we tend to stick to the basics a lot, so each time I work on a technique I can expect to make a little progress. When I was working with people so experienced and helpful, the progress was fast and furious. The difference between when I started each technique and when I finished was pretty drastic. I can't express enough gratitude to all the people I worked with over the whole weekend, and unfortunately I'm horrible with names so I don't think that I could even if I tried. I was very impressed with Yamada Sensei, and all the other people as well. It was certainly inspirational to see such great examples of technique, some very powerful and effective, some very smooth, flowing and effective. It was also the first time I had really seen a very different style of Aikido than we do. The Iowa City folks come down once in a while to teach a class, but by and large it's pre