Aikido: Tools for Life
Success or failure is not a matter of luck, circumstances, fate. These are only excuses. The power to achieve is in my hands.
In the aikido view, conflict need not be the inevitable outcome of aggression, since the response to attacks can be neutralization rather than a selfish counterattack. To reduce conflict, this view relies not on external social arrangements, but on internal practices that calm the mind and promote harmony within oneself and with others. Aikido life is a physical conversation allowing a two-way interaction.
Life’s successes come in small increments; sometimes mere tenths of a second. A newly learned skill, a little extra effort put on top of training, or just showing up to class when your body and psyche say “no,” may separate a great result from a non-growing experience. What lies in between is compromise, the willpower to overcome the natural disposition to remain the same.
I feel that my commitment to Aikido life carries on into other aspects of life, and I believe that Aikido benefits by giving me the strength to deal with all different types of challenges. It’s never too late and always the right time to take action to improve yourself and others. Aikido Benefits when I practice it, as my inspirations can become realized aspirations.
I started Aikido shortly after graduating from college in Fresno, California where I found a local Aikido school with great people. I had taken some Judo classes in college and wanted to keep moving and found the general philosophy and training attractive. Aikido works for me because it is a mixture of physical activity with an underlying commitment to do no harm, and bring people along in a nurturing and supportive environment.
The truth is that after 20 years I still love it. Yes we are physically skilled, yes we run around yelling at each other, but it’s so we can make each other stronger.
The founder of Aikido believed that we could perfect the world in the way we relate to each other. I believe that he was right.
What I Like About the Dojo.
The dojo is the soul of Aikido of Reno. It does not require much attention. It only asks that we care for it, insure its cleanliness, and that we are respectful. In return it provides a very supportive, self-sacrificing environment for the betterment of everyone’s aikido.
While at dojo we wear a uniform that most of the practitioners simply call it Aikido Gi. Aikido Gi is a traditional Aikido uniform which is commonly made from bleached cotton. Morihei Ueshiba seems to have used a traditional Aikido Gi with a dark colored hakama most of the time,
The dojo allows its members to set aside their own needs, and to nurture and enhance not only their own technical abilities, but also the aikido skills of those with whom they train. It is an environment that does not focus on self-serving needs, or demonstrating that one’s skills are better than another, or even to achieving the rank of black belt. Instead, the focus is on working cooperatively to enhance and increase the skill level of everyone.