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Old 10-23-2003, 09:00 PM   #101
Paula Lydon
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Who comes to train?

This small, middle-aged woman

Who moves, at times,

Like an elegant tiger.

Who comes to train?

This woman with my face

In the guise of an aikidoka?

So much is in motion

On the mat.

Feet and soul; heart and center.

Destiny dances, ever shifting.

Who comes to train?

This being who relinquishes hold

On age and gender

Size is no matter; faceless.

On the brink of truth...

~~Paula~~
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Old 10-23-2003, 09:21 PM   #102
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The cherry tree,

As old or young as it may be,

Straight or bent as we may see,

Bears the blossoms every year,

Just as pink as pretty can be!

Older students should train as older students and younger students should train as younger students. Young and old each has their virtue. If you think of "old" as a weakness, it can become a weakness. If you think of it as a strength, it can become a asset. Zeami, in his writings (Fushi Kadensho) on the Noh drama and how it is taught and learned, spoke of "hana" or flower. Even a Noh performer, can lose his youth and looks but still realize "flower" and continue to act well in roles which are suited to him and not for younger performers. I have had many so-called middle-aged and older students who have done quite well in their training. They must not compare themselves to others on the mats. But in any case, whether young or old, we shouldn't make such comparisons, nor compete in strength. . . . . . As long as you keep up your training on a regular basis, you are doing fine. . . . . at least, in my book. . . .
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Old 10-24-2003, 02:37 AM   #103
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The words that are wise

Are like a good bowl of rice

Thanks for the advice

When I have to die by the sword, I will do so with honor.
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Old 10-24-2003, 07:40 AM   #104
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Words, borne on the wind,

Swirl about me, confusing.

But beyond them I can feel

That which bears them

And uplifts me.

~~It is always moving to feel care and consideration from another

~~Paula~~
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Old 10-24-2003, 11:41 AM   #105
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Confusion, the enemy of the mind,

Cut him down like all others,

He only rises with the wind of disappointment.

Enjoy this day, be in the moment,

Thus holding the Sword of Reality,

Can we clear this Infinite Path.

Only words from the heart,

Can reach their mark.

The bonds of friendship,

Stronger than any force of attack.
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Old 10-24-2003, 12:31 PM   #106
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~~Kensho-san, loved it!!

~~Paula~~
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Old 10-24-2003, 12:34 PM   #107
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six-year-old in a new gi

tumbles laughing as

golden leaves blow by the door

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Old 10-24-2003, 02:31 PM   #108
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~~Sharon, check out the hiku (spelling?) link Jun listed earlier on this thread. As a mother, I love that image of yours!~~

~~Paula~~
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Old 10-24-2003, 03:34 PM   #109
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Should be "haiku."

Furu ike ya,

Kawazu tobi-komu,

Mizu no oto.

Very well-known haiku by Matsuo Basho

The old pond,

The frog leaps,

The sound of water!
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Old 10-24-2003, 11:41 PM   #110
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Sharon:

Heavy snows may cover the old, crooked branch in winter,

But it cannot stop the new leaves and blossoms in early spring. . . .

A good old friend of mine at Hombu, Ikeda Teru Sensei, is 89 years old and she still is active and doing a full day's job each day. A great lady! Hang in there!
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Old 10-25-2003, 07:02 AM   #111
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Although I rise before the early morning sun,

My day does not start 'til the footsteps of my early students.

Even great music of classics I play day long,

Cannot match the sounds of ukemi on the mats.

After practice, and they leave for home,

Sleep does not come easy in this quiet dojo.
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Old 10-25-2003, 12:09 PM   #112
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Seeing the sun rise

It makes me realize

I have wronged so many people

Maybe on purpsose or accidental

Wish to be forgiven before the day is done

Forgive others for this month is Ramadhan

Ramadhan is the month when we Muslims fast and cleanse ourselves spiritually. The fasting is not just controlling our hunger or thirst, but our emotions as well.

Tomorrow, in Indonesia, is the first month of Ramadhan. So today, I ask for forgiveness from all of you, in mind, body, and spirit, for all the mistakes I had done in the past, wether it is on purpose or accidental.

minal aidin wal fa'idzin

mohon maaf lahir dan batin

When I have to die by the sword, I will do so with honor.
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Old 10-26-2003, 08:05 AM   #113
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Who can forgive us, when only can we forgive ourselves?

In doing wrong, we can only wrong ourselves not others.

In doing right, we're not rewarded, though so much compassion's spent.

In Aikido, there is no opponent who stands before us, only the shadows of our minds,

Purify the heart, and he disappears before our eyes,

Though we can never see the sun, it shares its warmth with all. . . . . .

The cool spring breeze nourishes all blossoms though it passes by so quickly. . . . .

The dark moon wanes without a single thought, yet lights this quiet path for me. . . . . .
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Old 10-26-2003, 08:40 PM   #114
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Who walks in the steps of the old masters?

Barely can you see their traces . . . .

Now worn by the sun in summer,

Now covered by the snow in winter,

Now covered by the leaves in autumn,

Rediscover that Path quickly now,

Before the coming spring breeze blows them all away. . . . .
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Old 10-27-2003, 06:29 AM   #115
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Thalib,

May your fast be fruitful and bring you peace.

Best wishes from England.

Mark
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Old 10-27-2003, 04:19 PM   #116
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We can chit-chat about the moon at night,

But neither does it slow for us or turn our way.

It travels across the sky as it has always done,

heedless to our cries,

Who is left behind on this quiet evening?

After all these years, has O'Sensei's light become so dim?

Outshined by new ideas and new thoughts?

Not even the afternoon sun can outshine his light. . . .

It is only a sudden flash which blinds us for a moment.

It does not hide from us, it is only hidden. . . .

Each day, we live, we die,

To face the sun wth biased mind,

We can only turn away and shut our eyes.

The tiny flower in the field, so yellow and so pure,

Faces bravely to receive its warmth and blessings.

The moon returns each night to shine its darkly shine upon us,

Who beckons who this evening?

Can we ever stop this chatter and take a look?
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Old 10-28-2003, 10:37 AM   #117
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Seeking mind with no-mind,

Seeking no-mind with mind,

Who can make any sense of it all?

If our sight is a bit too small?

Practice nobly and practice tall,

Expand your mind in the practice hall,

And as the sweat drips from your face,

You'll see an end to this dreary rat race!
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Old 10-29-2003, 05:42 AM   #118
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It is easy to throw down the opponent by strength,

How can you throw him without force at all?

Only as the Mysterious Principles of Aikido work,

All things are accomplished without effort at least.

Don't see your enemy as one to destroy,

Only see Harmony which must be preserved.

Only in True Peace can true strength be realized,

As long as we fight, can only defeat be achieved.

The gentle breeze rustles through the old pine tree standing alone,

No fight, no struggle, just a beautiful melody!
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Old 10-29-2003, 07:56 AM   #119
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after graduation

still the test

goes on

fifth kyu

what do i know now?

step

fall

circle turn throw

fall

get up

fall again

i'll sleep

when i can't

get up again

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Old 10-29-2003, 08:05 AM   #120
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after graduation



still the test



goes on



6th Dan



what do i know now?



step



fall



circle turn throw



fall



get up



fall again



i'll sleep



when i can't



get up again

(haha! Nice poem!)
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Old 10-29-2003, 09:07 AM   #121
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Kyu or Dan, it is all the same,

It is all the same from where we came,

It is all the same to where we go,

True happiness, in this to know!
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Old 10-29-2003, 09:18 AM   #122
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That last one was very "Dr. Suess" of you, Sensei! I liked it.

More please!

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Old 10-29-2003, 09:30 AM   #123
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I am not a cat,

I don't wear a hat,

To say Dr. Suess,

Would be a ruse!
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Old 10-29-2003, 09:33 AM   #124
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Qatana's poem touches my heart,

I think she must be very smart,

She sounds like a sword (katana) so sharp indeed,

Please don't cut me, I'll take heed!

Haha!
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Old 10-29-2003, 10:17 AM   #125
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He makes me laugh... kinda

That silly Sensei Furuya.

Putting on a really good show,

Ladies and Gentlmen, heeeeere's Kensho!

/plays the themesong to the Johnny Carson Late Show

Okay! Okay! I'll go away and quit bothering you all.

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