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Sun, 11/17/2019 - 15:53

The Nafudakake
The name-board in our dojo
Is full of students' names
And their various ranks

I look at it
My name is up there
Among many others
But the names and ranks
Are not final destinations

Our Nafudakake is an active record
Of history and potential
Not a hard set of names and ranks
With no past or future

Our Nafudakake is a circle
Actually a spiral, the dojo
At its center, with
Ranks lowest to highest
Spiraling outward

Some names even drift off
The board, off the spiral
Flowing somewhere into
An ever-changing world
Not necessarily an Aikido one

But some start their own dojos
Fresh and bright
Full of dynamic energy and hope
Creating their own spirals

Categories: Aikido


Sun, 11/10/2019 - 15:41

Sometimes I don't want to practice
To go to the dojo, do Aikido, and sweat
To feel effort and pain
And do that whole misogi thing

I just want to lounge on my couch
Watch TV, do nothing
Or, go and sit in a coffee shop
Reading, sipping coffee, just veg'ing

I always thought Saboru would be
A good name for a coffee shop
Timeout Coffee, or Saboru Coffee
But, I know I'll go to practice, anyway

Categories: Aikido

What Am I?

Sun, 11/03/2019 - 17:10
What Am I?

An action of non-action
As in that: fire does not burn fire
Indicating the self-identity of fire

But combustion has its ground
In non-combustion, so
Because of non-combustion
Combustion is combustion!
As in water is not wet…

I am totally confused
What is my own self-identity?
At the home-ground of my being
What am I?
What is my not-I?

Categories: Aikido

I Don't Know

Sun, 10/27/2019 - 17:57
I Don't Know

I don't know how the young do it?
They breeze through life with no clue
Though, of course, they think they do
At what point does that change?
For me, each step is filled with
Agonizing existential dread
I place one foot forward
And, somewhere, a star explodes
Another step, and the last of a species
Goes extinct, one more, a war starts,
A child cries, galaxies collide,
The homeless wander on by,
Quantum realities split apart; yet, another
And the universe expands even further
Stretching my mind and sanity even more
I tell myself: I can make it! I can make it!
Just get to Starbucks!

Categories: Aikido

This or That

Tue, 10/22/2019 - 15:55
This or That

When we speak of a nothingness
Outside of existence
We speak of a relative nothingness
Not true emptiness
We still have a this or that
A this and that mind set
Absolute emptiness is one with being
Not separate from it
It is not out there
It is near at hand
We are forced to say
It is not this thing or that
Therefore, it is this thing or that
Fire does not burn fire
The sword does not cut the sword

Perhaps it is a language problem?

Categories: Aikido

3 Things you can do to improve your Aikido!

Sun, 10/20/2019 - 08:15
OK, I finally finished editing my new vlog. It took way to long because I was so busy working on other peoples YouTube channels.

I wrote an article about 3 months ago on the three things you can do to improve your Aikido, and shot a video. I think tips like these are great, especially for beginners and sometimes they'll even help out the seasoned Aikido practitioners. Someone like me, that's been doing martial arts for 44 years, I sometimes forget to stick to the basics, like staying in shape! And of course, as you get older, for some reason it gets harder to do those things you should be doing, like practicing Aikido!

Anyway, please check out my video: Click on this link or the image below:

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