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As an Aikidoka you are meant to avoid confrontation and I do. If I'm honest though it's more because I dont have the arguing skills and am slightly scared than because I am strong and positive and above these things.
My friends and I met someone in a pub last night that had a distinctly right-wing view of all the recent London bombings and I really just wanted to give him a mental and verbal lamping.
Truth is rather than rising above I just wanted the knowledge of world politics, international relations, the palestine question an everything else inbetween to be able to argue him into the floor...is this bad??
I like the Bushido attitude of standing up for what you feel is right but I still feel as though I'm soooooooo far from being able to defend what I believe is right and being able to defend my corner that it seems unatainable.
Too many things on the brain there... I nearly forgot my password.
My brain is a big spicy soup right now. Too many things swilling round.
I have survived my second Iaido lesson, despite there being too many live blades being swung round in such a small space and in such a chaotic fashion. I'm impressed there aren't more be-headings.
One thing my Aikido has already bought to Iaido is the concept of ettiquette (can't spell!). I automatically thank my instructors for every piece of advice given. The Iaido instructor was obviously not used to it and kept taking the mick, "you aikidoists are so polite, I could get used to this"
I think my Roy would be proud!
One thing I do need to do is officially announce my taking up Iaido. At least two of my instructors know that I've started practicing but I want them to know for certain that it's as an extension of my martial arts experience not a replacement for Aikido...
coo. I'm normally quite good at the comedy stuff over at livejournal but over here I'm all serious and worthy, oh dear. If only I had the intellectual depth to back it up eh?!
Am considering getting a Bushido Tattoo. I've never seriously considered a tat before; too much pain for what? A picture that I will undoubtedly becoome bored of within a month.
Now though, Bushido is really starting to mean something to me and a bit of pain and a permanent symbol of it might make me pay more attention to life in general... What do you reckon? (She says, l
To add to my two LiveJournals and one Blogger I now have an Aikido blog thing... moi? waffley?
It's been six years now, crumbs. Least that's what it says on my little blue book. I seriously cannot remember my first Aikido lesson or how I started. I know mum was involved somehow but I just feel like it's always been there.
It's only now that something has clicked. I always knew I wanted to do a martial art and have tried Tae Kwon Do, Karate and Judo in the past. Fencing was almost there, but I knew I wanted the philosophy that comes with eastern Martial Arts as well. I loved scoring points in fencing though so I may go back to it... Non-competitve traditional Aikido just doesn't quite cut it!
Thing is, even though I've been doing Aikido for years, it's only since 2nd Kyu that a real passion for it has errupted.
I've realised now that Aikido will always be a part of my life... and that is no bad thing!