Before I begin, I just hope that we are all well! I have decided to post this message about my experience lately with Aikido.
I have been training in Aikido for a little over a year (still a beginner) but I honestly train like many of you, very intensely both at the dojo, and a lot of home study, which includes books, videos, etc. I trained quite intensively at the start doing 3 - 4 nights a week as well as school and springboard diving. However as time went on, I began doing less and less, and found myself barely doing a single class per week. This was due to basically doing too much at the one time, and finding myself not motivated to go. I stopped entirely for about a month and got my life back on track, and prioritized my life again.
I began training again very slowly at the start, and I felt terrible. I couldn't do the things I could, and the techniques that I thought I still knew, I found myself not knowing them at all. However for the last month I have been training 4 - 5 times per week, and this moment in time, it feels great. My personal life has improved incredibly, and I guess its due to the art of aikido.
I train regularly with two top Aikidoka here in Australia - Andrew Sensei (5th Dan) and Roger Sensei (6th Dan). I find dealing with many people when I work, so rude without any human feeling (well most), however I feel so great when I train with my fellow Aikidoka, as they are always wonderful and a pleasure to train with.
So I guess the meaning of this post is basically saying, how appreciative I am to have:
- To have found Aikido
- That Morihei Ueshiba O'sensei created such a wonderful art.
- Have both wonderful, caring teachers and students.
Please post any experience who have had about anything to do with this topic whatever that may be. I hope you're all training well. Thank you and take care.