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Yesterday my son had a bad day at school to the point of being expelled for a day. I can't help but wonder if it was partially my fault. The day before my poor sleep patterns were catching up to me and it was showing up as irritability and negativity on my part in front of, and towards the kids. It was nothing blatant or abusive, just a negativity that the kids (in particular my daughter) called me on.
My son being very sensitive to this type of thing seemed to take on this negativity the next day. Without getting into details, it ended him up in serious enough trouble to get him expelled from school for a day. It just so happed that this is the same day that we had been planning to go to the dojo to train. My first instincts were to not take him as he was being so negative about everything that he wouldn't listen to what I was trying to show him. After some thought though I decided to take him so that it didn't seem like I was giving up on him. If I was having trouble keeping him on track I was just going to stop and give him the option of continuing or going home. As it turned out he stayed very focused and we had a good training session. Afterwards I noticed his negativity was gone, and his tense (more manic) demeanor was more relaxed.
It was then I knew that these training sessions are exactly what we need on a regular basis. There was something about helping calm and center my son that was equally calming and centering for myself. I have said in the pa
Between a demonstration our dojo will be doing for some high school teachers, posts made on another journal about an injury, and a reflection of how I was physically when I started Aikido, I can't help but realise that Aikido can be for literally any body. From the person who is interested in the aspect of Ki developement to coordinate body and mind, to the one who is in it for self defence, to the person who starts it just to get back into shape, and every one in between. The multifacets of Aikido can be practiced and used by everyone.
When I started Aikido I was severely out of shape and wanted something to learn from as well as work at so I had an incentive to keep returning for the work out. Over time, as I realized how much more there was to Aikido, I continued to practice for other reasons. The philosophy behind Aikido has helped with my relationships with my family members (in particular my son). Also the centeredness and calmness I get out of Ki breathing and meditating has also been life changing for me.
I look back a mere year and a half ago at how I felt physically then and how I feel now, to me it is a difference of 20 years younger. I felt 10 years older when I first started. Now I feel 10 years younger.
I see people with disabilities and injuries who adjust their training to compensate yet still find copious amounts of things to study and train in in Aikido.
While discussing how the demonstration will unfold we concluded that even though the
On Monday, due to some self inflicted back stiffness(snow, snow, snow), we worked mostly on Ki tests, and some techniques required for the 1st and 3rd Kyu tests coming up. The Ki tests are primarily done while we are doing our warm up exersizes at the beginning of class. I am finding the Ki tests are getting slightly more difficult, but at the same time I am learning new things from them. Different test energies produce different sensations (for lack of a better word) that I have to develope in order to transfer the test energy through my hara and into the ground. I am finding with some tests that it is still impossible for me to find that right "feeling" in order to pass the test.
There is a test with Ikkyo-Undo where the hand is blocked from either raising or lowering. I can muscle through that technique to make it work, but that isn't a pass. I need to somehow just allow the energy of my hand to pass through the blocking energy of the Ki test. The mechanics of passing this test still eludes me.
It is funny how the mind works, or at least my mind. Sensei can call for just about any technique that we've worked on and I can execute it to some semblance to how it should be done. But! When Sensei says to show him 5 variations of so and so techique I draw a blank after the first two or three throws. This should be easy because the majority of the techniques break down into Ikkyo, Nikkyo, Sankyo, Yonkyo, and Zempo variations. Of course there are more, but if