Originally posted by Ghost Fox
Martial Arts-My love for the martial arts started as a kid.
How shall I put this... As gentle as possible. I miss Ghost Fox. He was not only a dedicated student, but a good person and a friend.
Yea, he was speaking about me. I am the crazy lil white guy he spoke about. I figured the best way to introduce myself is by replying to a post left by a former student of mine. I guess he introduced me enough, but nonetheless, it would only be proper for you all to hear from me.
Ghost Fox was in my second group of students I've ever had. There have been 5 groups total with a range of 3 to 19 students per group. With the exception of the NYPD Academy, of course. That would make the numbers staggering!
My life has changed since Ghost Fox knew me. I was a pedestrian run over by a cargo van and it took away everything I knew. Medical experts told me 'it's over' basically. Letting me know the use of my legs would certainly be quite limited.
That was in December of 1995. 18 months later, I did what they said couldn't be done. I walked without crutches, walked without a cane, fell all over the place but still regained enough strength to make it last. They never completed the surgeries on my legs, the insurance company felt I was of no consequence. So, for obvious reasons, I was on my own.
I hd lost most abilities and worst of all, my students. I cared for them more than I can ever describe. Years passed me by and I grew stronger but still, the pain remained inside of me. I had worked for 12 years to attain what I had and someone takes it away with a 10,000lb vehicle. I guess that is what it takes to TRY and remove your love and passion for the art.
Aiki is much more than a technique. It becomes you and you become Aiki. It's a unity with yourself and the Earth. Tenchi is everything and for 12 of those 18 months, I came to realize that embracing the whole concept of Tenchi and what it involves would certainly help me back onto my feet.
I'll say this much, if I didn't know how to take a fall, learning to walk again would have been much more painful than it was .
In any case, I am Polmar, Sensei of the Ogasawara Takeda/Shinoseishin-Ryu. My Sensei before me taught me as a courtesy to his nephew, who was a friend and schoolmate of mine. I excelled far beyond any expectation he would have of a gaijin.
I loved what Sensei has shown me and I loved Sensei. He was a friend, a mentor, a counselor and a gentle person (when he wanted to be). He was a descendant from Aizu in the Ogasawara. His discipline was Daito/Takeda-Ryu Aikibujutsu. Founded by brothers of Minamoto-Kai as Daito-Ryu, it was later carried by the Takeda-Kai to show a greatness in the art of self-perfection. Sensei was a student of Takeda Sokaku and then of Sagawa Yukiyoshi and soon after, I became a student of Beyamoto.
True, Bujutsu is violent and vicious, but if it weren't for the foudning principles of Aiki, many wonderful and harmonious arts would not exist today. Ueshiba would not have been a student of Takeda and all of us would not be here talking about it.
Regardless of the stories how Aikido came to be or the ancient methods of Bujutsu which have little or no place today, the technique is never important but moreso, the feeling of extending ourselves with our innermost feelings. That is Aiki.
Come in the next 2 months, I'll be at my 19th anniversary celebrating Aikibujutsu. My health has returned as much as it can for now and yes, I am teaching again (and yes, it's vicious and violent, but hey, I do teach Aikibujutsu after all).
Ghost Fox, if you still rad this forum, you were a wonderful student and I am so proud that you stayed with Aiki. 2 years to your Shodan? I think the stinging of your hands paid off. Makes me wonder what Brad has been up to.. Makes me wonder if you know (Last I heard he was studying some octopus system of ninjutsu-no comment).
In any case, time to close this up. I'm sure many of you either overlooked my intro because it is long-winded or that you don't care for the older combat-based systems. That's fine either way. Just thought I'd drop a line and say hi, and that I found you guys on a web search (my name showed up and I was like 'whoa').
Wishing all the best to you all.
Shinoseishin ne dawa
G. Polmar, Sensei
PS- Arrogance is a tool that is used when teaching Aikibujutsu to allow the deshi to feel completely and totally overwhelmed. Obviously, it works.