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Wabi-Sabi Time

Aikido Blogs - Sat, 05/26/2018 - 04:27
Wabi-Sabi Time

I thought she was the most beautiful
Creature on the whole planet
She replied that I had wabi-sabi looks, i.e.
Imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete
Seeing the expression on my face
She further said that this was a good thing
That all inessentials had been eliminated
All excesses trimmed and pared away
Leaving behind only the real
Such that it only grows stronger with time
So I took her down off her pedestal
And, hand in hand, walked with her
Through transient, wabi-sabi time
Loving each and every flawed moment
Of our transitory time together

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Thoughts

Aikido Blogs - Sat, 05/19/2018 - 23:37
Thoughts

I think big, deep thoughts
That get me nowhere
I think small, personal thoughts
That just results in pain
If I try not to think
I drive my car into people
So, I sit and watch TV
I go to the movies
I try to wash my brain clean
Clean of any thoughts
Like a constant flash flood
Scouring the land of all debris
Thoughts swept away, away
When it works, it doesn't last
Thoughts -- my strength, my weakness
I sit and think
Thinking of thoughts

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Shihan Ruriko Masutani Passes Away

Aikido News - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 14:30
Shihan Ruriko Masutani Passes Away
From: Matthew Streiff posted on 16. May 2018, 01:30pm
URL: http://www.aikidopittsburgh.org

Sad news that Shihan Ruriko "June" (Masutani) Harris, of Springdale, PA, passed away on Sunday, May 13, 2018. Also known as Ruriko Masutani, June was the beloved friend of Nigel Beckford, Matt Streiff, Alan Pelton, Skip Fox, Bob Intrieri, Martin Pachol, Greg Yakich, Barbara Brandom, Will Graves, Jim Weldon; step-mother of Darla Liston and family. June was the proud founder and executive director of Aikido of Pittsburgh. Shihan Ruriko Masutani founded Aikido of Pittsburgh in 1968 after she emigrated from Japan as a Christian exchange student. Born in Himeji, Japan, Shihan Masutani began practicing Aikido as a child in the early 1950’s under the guidance of her father. After moving to the United States and finally settling in Pittsburgh, Shihan Masutani continued training and began teaching seminars up and down the east coast. She taught Aikido in Pittsburgh for over 48 years. Along the way she has made many friends and taught thousands of students. In Pittsburgh she opened dojos in East Liberty, Squirrel Hill, Fox Chapel and finally Etna. June had a special way with people, students, teachers, people on the street, nurses and caregivers… she was always known and always loved by those she touched. Her journey in life has had Aikido and martial arts threaded throughout. From her early years as part of the United States Aikido Federation (USAF) then a member of the Aikido of Ueshiba association and her later years as an independent instructor, Masutani Sensei always sought to give her students and friends the best, regardless of affiliations and associations. June was always a very independent person. Austere in many ways, she cut away frivolousness and got to the heart of training or relationships. She built a community in the Aikido and martial arts world that has a lasting legacy in those that she taught. She will be missed but will forever be remembered. Celebrate June’s life with her friends at a memorial service on Sunday June 3, 2018 at 2 PM at Aikido of Pittsburgh, 401 Butler Street, Pittsburgh PA 15223. Arrangements made by Perman Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Inc., 923 Saxonburg. In addition to the memorial service on Sunday June 3rd, the senior instructors of Aikido of Pittsburgh will hold a memorial Aikido seminar in her honor later in 2018. The burial will take place after that seminar. Please check the Aikido of Pittsburgh website, www.aikidopittsburgh.org, or our Facebook page for more details on the seminar and burial date.

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    Toshiro Suga, 7th Dan, 1-3rd June 2018

    Aikido News - Wed, 05/16/2018 - 14:30
    Toshiro Suga, 7th Dan, 1-3rd June 2018
    From: Scott Reed posted on 16. May 2018, 01:30pm
    URL: http://www.edinburghaikido.co.uk

    Toshiro Suga began aikido in 1968 at Hombu Dojo and moved to France in 1971. He was a senior student of Tamura Nobuyoshi Sensei and gives seminars all over the world. Please join us for his annual course in Edinburgh, Scotland!

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    Kanai Sensei Memorial Seminar - May 25-27, 2018

    Aikido News - Mon, 05/07/2018 - 09:56
    Kanai Sensei Memorial Seminar - May 25-27, 2018
    From: Andrew Manby posted on 7. May 2018, 08:56am
    URL: http://www.aikidoframingham.com/kanaiseminar.html

    Join us for the second Kanai Sensei seminar over the Memorial Day holiday weekend - an all-star lineup of senior instructors, fun activities, and affordable prices. It will have a retro feeling recalling Kanai Sensei and the early days of Aikido. Robert Zimmermann - 7th Dan, Shihan; David Farrell - 7th Dan, Shihan; David Halprin - 7th Dan, Shihan; Barbara Britton - 6th Dan, Shihan; Fiona Blyth - 5th Dan, Shidoin ... And other instructors to be announced. facebook.com/KanaiMemorialSeminar #KanaiSeminar2018 KanaiSenseiSeminar@gmail.com

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    Zazen Wave

    Aikido Blogs - Sat, 04/28/2018 - 19:27
    Zazen Wave

    From a row of seated figures
    Unmoving, except for their breathing -
    Even the chanting has been silenced

    I sense a zazen wave moving through the room
    A cascade of a unity of beings and commitment
    Energized by common intent and purpose

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    5/18-5/20/2018: Seminar with Ikeda Sensei, Nashville TN

    Aikido News - Sun, 04/08/2018 - 19:09
    5/18-5/20/2018: Seminar with Ikeda Sensei, Nashville TN
    From: Marta Crispens posted on 8. Apr 2018, 06:09pm
    URL: http://www.nashvilleaikikai.org

    30th Anniversary Seminar with Ikeda Sensei . Nashville Aikikai will be hosting a seminar to celebrate Tom and Mary McIntire Senseis' 30 years of teaching Aikido in Nashville on May 18, 19, and 20. Please join us for great training, fellowship, and cake. Seminar cost is $130 or $40 per class. There will be a taco bar dinner on Saturday night, $15 per person. Please preregister at nashaikikai278@gmail.com so we can get a headcount for dinner. Payment will be accepted at the door.

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    4/28-4/29/2018: Rising Dawn Seminar in Dublin, Ireland

    Aikido News - Sun, 04/08/2018 - 19:09
    4/28-4/29/2018: Rising Dawn Seminar in Dublin, Ireland
    From: Diarmuid O'Riain posted on 8. Apr 2018, 06:09pm
    URL: http://www.tomikiaikido.ie/rising-dawn-2018-dublin-BAA-Spring-school

    Rising Dawn Seminar 2018 will be hosted in Dublin by Dublin Tomiki Aikido. Location: Belgard Heights Youth & Community Centre, Old Belgard Road, Dublin 24, Ireland.

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    Venn Aikido

    Aikido Blogs - Sat, 04/07/2018 - 20:10
    Venn Aikido

    When I practice Aikido
    I can't help but think
    Of Venn diagrams
    (You, too, right?!)
    Of nage and uke
    Disparate circles - merging
    The set of me (nage)
    Intersecting with set (uke)
    N ∩ U -
    The overlapping regions depicting
    A set of possible outcomes
    I automatically drop down
    To Euler diagrams
    Eliminating non-relevant options
    Allowing me to choose
    A fitting technique and outcome -
    Ah, if only I were so elegant!

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    So much to be learned

    Aikido Blogs - Tue, 04/03/2018 - 22:12
    Today is a special day. 6 years ago it was a rude awakening. No longer was there someone to hold my hand, no longer was their someone to reminded me to be kind. One of my main examples and teachers died. I miss Alan Ruddock for his wit, his kindness and his firm understanding of aikido.

    I count myself lucky to have had the opportunity to learn from several good teachers, special teachers, direct students of O'Sensei.

    They taught me so much. About aikido, about the ideas of aikido, about learning aikido. And those weren't just words, those were concepts that could be tested on the tatami.

    But what did we do? And now one of the really weird things enters the playing field. We never trained with uke resisting what was happening. To a lot of people this is a weird Idea, I know. But why is that a thing we never trained?

    Now years later I think I have maybe half the answer to that.
    We never trained that because it is pointless. Uke doesn't have the choice to resist, it never is ukes job to resist. From the first start of intention uke is locked in what is happening. There is no resistance as resistance is futile. What should you resist? Your own movement? From the beginning uke is locked in what is happening, and (and here we enter the twilight zone of weird aikimagic, as some more down to earth, real, aikido people claim) so is nage. The movement is. It is not deflected or changed, it is accepted. Hence nage is absolutely free in what he is doing as absolute freedom comes from not having a choice. Nage is the observer of the movement.

    I know this isn't real aikido, it is just make believe until someone truly attacks and lands on his head. Trust me, I have been there. Landing on your head is not something I would advise, but it is one hell of a wake-up call about what is real and what isn't.

    And now no-one is left to tell me this. I should be telling people maybe, but I don't feel the urge to swim up against the stream. Does that make me a bad aikidoka?
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    Flowing Water

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 04/01/2018 - 00:15
    Flowing Water

    Clouds return to where they were born
    When I catch up, I am surrounded by mist
    Till I follow the freely flowing water


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    The Mountain

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 03/25/2018 - 00:32
    The Mountain

    The mountain is my way
    Yet the mountain stands in my way
    Only when this duality disappears
    Will I be one with the high clouds

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    Duration

    Aikido Blogs - Sat, 03/17/2018 - 23:37
    Duration

    Duration, with no sense of time
    I sit, and sit, just sit
    Thoughts gone, feelings gone
    Even pain gone
    Duration
    Transition back to real time
    Is obvious, is now
    But, where I have been
    How I got back
    Is still to me, a mystery

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    Night Air

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 03/11/2018 - 21:25
    Night Air

    Night air pours through the open window
    I lie in bed waiting for the moon to rise
    And shower me in silver illumination
    This is our time, when you will come to me

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    Dust

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 03/04/2018 - 00:46
    Dust

    Dust everywhere
    It clings to me
    It surrounds me
    It distracts me
    Where can I go
    What can I do
    To escape all this dust?

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    Jacques Bardet, 7th Dan Shihan, Edinburgh Scotland, 2-4th March 2018

    Aikido News - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 19:47
    Jacques Bardet, 7th Dan Shihan, Edinburgh Scotland, 2-4th March 2018
    From: Scott Reed posted on 28. Feb 2018, 07:47pm
    URL: http://www.edinburghaikido.co.uk

    Jacques Bardet returns to Edinburgh for his annual course. Jacques is a senior student of the late Tamura Nobuyoshi Sensei and until recently, ran a full-time dojo in Paris. The course is open to all and everyone is very welcome. Please bring proof of insurance and aikido weapons.

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    Aikido Shinju-Kai 30th Anniversay Seminar in Singapore, 6-8 April 2018

    Aikido News - Wed, 02/28/2018 - 19:47
    Aikido Shinju-Kai 30th Anniversay Seminar in Singapore, 6-8 April 2018
    From: Alexander Lee posted on 28. Feb 2018, 07:47pm
    URL: http://aikidoshinjukai.com/30-anniversary/

    Train with Aikido Masters across 20 over countries. Expecting more than 25 countries with an estimate of 1200 local and foreign participants. The seminars will be conducted by 12 internationally-renowned Shihans, all with diverse backgrounds. 11 of them hold the Shihan Title (Master Instructor). The event will commence with a two and a half day seminar beginning at Noon on Friday 6th April followed by an Embukai (public demonstration), on the afternoon of Sunday 8th April 2018, and concluding with an Anniversary Gala Dinner graced by local dignitaries and over 800 foreign and local guests at the five-star Mandarin Orchard Ballroom on the evening of Sunday 8th April 2018. An important aspect of the Aikido Shinju-Kai 30th Anniversary Seminar(ASK30) is the visit by Waka Sensei Mitsuteru Ueshiba, the great grandson of the Founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba. His visit signifies Singapore as an important centre for the practice of aikido. Along with Waka Sensei, there will also be other distinguished Shihans, Senseis, overseas guests, local dignitaries and other VIPs.

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    Aiki-do

    Aikido Blogs - Mon, 02/26/2018 - 02:14
    Aiki-do

    Aiki never resists
    Yet is always victorious
    It speaks about a harmonious joining
    Of spirit and energies
    Perhaps of directed intent
    Of a strong Kiai!
    It speaks of internal power
    Of integrated, whole body force
    Ah, aiki, so elusive…
    Perhaps that is its ultimate meaning
    Of fitting together all these definitions
    Such that adaptation is true aiki
    Aiki-do -- The Way of Adaptation?
    Perhaps…

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    Show Up!

    Aikido Blogs - Mon, 02/19/2018 - 01:44
    Show Up!

    Any talent at all
    Is a gift to treasure
    But, to be tactless
    His greatest gift was
    Just showing up
    He tried, he tried hard
    He improved, but improved
    Without any real potential
    He wasn't going to be a star
    And, he knew it
    Still, where was the bar set?
    He was friendly, obeyed the rules
    And showed up, was always there
    Each class was painful
    Was a deep physical and
    Psychological struggle
    But, he persevered
    He showed up
    Years later, when he taught
    His own struggle and patience
    He bestowed on his students
    He became one of the dojos
    Very best instructors
    Even now, the best lesson he teaches
    Is just: show up!

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    Silence of Bells

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 02/11/2018 - 00:58
    Silence of Bells

    With bell sounds gone
    No left one to maintain the old traditions
    River stones set in the tokonoma
    Slowly covering in dust
    Achieving silent perfection on their own
    Cold air from broken windows stir
    The weeds growing in the tatami edges
    Over the years I remember most
    The silence of bells
    When, finally, everyone left

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