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e-Newsletter: ISSN 1712-235X
Winter 2011/12
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Dear parents and students,

It is amazing how the months have flown by, and another year is coming to an end. We had an excellent Autumn Season, although it consisted of shorter cycles of 6 classes each. Thank you so much for your attention, enthusiasm, and participation during class.

Life and time are precious. Preparing and packing to leave for Singapore reminded me of that and the season of Advent in the church calendar - four weeks of anticipation and preparation for Christmas. Ever mindful and anticipating our approaching departure, we scurried along making lists and packing - knowing we may never be quite perfectly ready but doing our best to ensure that we had all we needed for the trip. Are we always totally ready and prepared? Perhaps not ever totally.

It is the same with daily and weekly Aikido practice. We practice not to prepare to fight, but to keep ourselves agile, alert, disciplined, respectful, honourable, technically prepared, and integrated so we make better choices, are healthy, and live with an appreciation for life. Sure, we practice seriously when we are in the Dojo, but our first choice, should we find ourselves in a situation, should not be to fight. That would not be in the spirit of Aiki.

Practising with my Sensei again reassured me that I am on the right track. We still have a way to go with regard to Dojo and personal discipline in Victoria, but we will continue to work on that. Besides students and Aikido, talk with my Sensei has also been centered on the Hombu Dojo trip in May 2012, as this will mark the 50 Anniversary of the All Japan Aikido Demonstration at Budokan. It will be a wonderful celebration, I'm sure.

As we wind down toward the end of our trip here, I am looking forward to returning to Victoria and being with you once again. We will hit the ground running as we have been invited to a martial arts demonstration on Friday 6 January, at 6pm. Only some will be involved, so a huge thank you to the people I have contacted who have consented to help out with that.

Classes will resume in the New Year, on Tuesday 10 January 2012. For your convenience, the year-long registration option will still be available in January. Deductions are monthly, either through direct debit or credit card. Feel free to invite your friends or family if you think Aikido may be beneficial to them.

For updates, do click on the link to the Notices webpage on our website.

If you have any concerns, questions, or need clarification about anything, feel free to contact me.

And so as we leave our past to memories, and make our moment-to-moment choices for a better year ahead...

I wish you a blessed Christmas,
a restful and enjoyable holiday season,
and a most meaningful and prosperous New Year.

See you in the Dojo.

With peace and harmony,
Rafael Oei Sensei.

Ueshiba Aikido Victoria
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