Updated: Jul 10, 2020
Few activities and communities suffer more than those that depend on physical interactions for learning, like Aikido.
When this all started back in March it was hard to believe that I wasn't going to see you, my students, my dojo family, for an unknowable amount of time, and at such crucial moments in each of your journeys. Know that the dojo, whether it's in person, remotely, a phone call, or a text - we are all here for each other - not just now - but always.
We all come to Aikido for a multitude of reasons - but I think one of the main ones is connection. We find it in every nikkyo pin, from the lightest touch our sempai gives while we learn, to the wrist-wrenching nikkyos we receive at seminars from certain senseis we hold in high regard.
But this connection is like the tip of an iceberg - like so many things - only the surface of so much more hidden just below.
Social Waza constitutes that other aspect - those moments off the mat, but still in the dojo, when we come together as a family. It's easy to simplify and think of a dojo as just another gym, or space in which to practice a collection of movements and techniques - and what a shamefully wasted life that would be.
So what is Aikido? What is this practice of the way of harmonizing energy?
It can be the collection of techniques that subdue an unruly attacker