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Gordon Head Elementary
Gordon Head Recreation Centre:
information about the Aikido Grading Tests,
please check the Ueshiba Aikido website.
Thank you CBC -
Thanks also to Gordon Head Recreation Centre for allowing CBC to do their recording, and the parents for allowing their children to participate in the video shoot.
The transmission date is not confirmed. As soon as I am
informed, I will share the information.
It is finally coming...
As a Sensei of Aikido, my first duty is to ensure the safety of my students. Being non-aggressive, Aikido classes are conducted in a harmonious environment, repeating drills so that students internalise the movement and techniques in a peaceful manner. Because of this, thoughts of the effectiveness of Aikido techniques arise quietly in the student. This may occasionally surface when the student challenges his or her partner, or even their Sensei. Some just decide to leave the class altogether. When a student resists a technique that I am applying, the first instinct is to be gentle as one would be gentle with one's child. That is the covenant between the teacher and the student. This is sometimes taken as a technique's ineffectiveness. Aikido is Budo, as stated by the founder O Sensei. It is not a sport. And so, until the student learns to flow with the technique and be able to take good ukemi at high speed, the application of techniques will match the ability of the class and the students.
Part of Aikido practice includes the eventual development of personal wisdom. It is the same with any path one chooses. All philosophies and teachings will ultimately lead the sincere acolyte to an understanding that will be very profound and very personal. It reminds me of the many stories of students who seek martial art masters only to serve under them as a house or dojo servant for a number of years - seemingly not learning any tangible techniques. The mettle of the student is certainly tested. If a student goes the distance, with patience and trust, the journey often surpasses expectation.
"Doing without doing" is a famous Zen saying. "To be victorious even before the battle begins" is an expression O Sensei would use. Intention and beingness may not seem measurable or quantifiable. However, I came across a study that was actually made about this level of activity and its effects on the individual, the environment and the community. The book is titled "Power Vs Force" by Dr. David Hawkins. I am in no way promoting or endorsing the book. But if you are that way inclined, Dr. Hawkins provides, in his study, interesting data about personal inner development affecting external circumstances.
You don't need to use force in applying Aikido technique, but they are nonetheless effective and powerful. It has always been my knowing that the techniques are only as effective as the person who wields/applies them. That is why Aikido, as practiced in our dojos, begin with the person first - through discipline, etiquette and humility. As the student matures within, all the other aspects will fall into place.
that I wish you a most wondrous Spring, and a meaningful Easter.
(� March 2005 : Rafael Oei)
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