We had another great weekend long seminar from our Sensei. We had a full mat both Saturday and Sunday including visitors from our Webster program, Eastern Sky Aikido in Fairport, as well as from Kokikai Ithaca, MIT, Boston, and Garden State, NJ dojos. Thank you to everyone who chipped in and made his visit a great success.
Sensei Maruyama visits the United States from his home dojo in Nagoya three times every year. The Rochester dojo is extremely fortunate to be on the short list of stops during his summer trip. It is exciting to see the subtle power demonstrated by Sensei and how his techniques becomes more and more efficient and powerful every year. Sensei's awareness of his body and state of mind allow him to effortlessly cause people more than twice his size to crumble. He is constant proof that brawn is not the answer and validates the entire construct of self defense. He shows how smaller, weaker people can easily defeat an attack from larger and stronger assailants.
Please join me in congratulating Len Butler and Mark Panek on their promotion tests this past weekend. Len and Mark represented the dojo well and we received several positive comments on their performance.
Len Butler, Shodan
Mark Panek, Nidan
Also of note, several of our friends at Eastern Sky dojo tested and performed quite well. Please congratulate Tara, Natan, Ryan, and Rich next time you see them.
Well said Binh!
We've all heard the saying, when the student is ready, the teacher will appear. Or as I like to put it, you can lead a horse to water, but drowning him is an entirely different matter. Our brains are funny in that there seem to be little doors that briefly open and allow in wisdom and understanding. Knowledge flows in pretty well, though it also appears to leak out nearly as easily. But real understanding, once it worms it's way in, is more permanent. The teacher/lesson/water is always there. It doesn't magically appear when you are ready. It's that a culmination of knowledge, events, and attitudes that allow us to finally notice what has just become obvious and unmistakeable.
So, what is the key to opening those little doors more often? It's largely a numbers game. The longer you put into study, the more chances you give yourself. Each min-Epiphany you have helps turn the lock on the next door into your brain. It becomes a seed for the next and the next.
So, the moral of the story... Persistence. Immersion. Practice. Repeat the words Binh spoke. It will either sound like a statement that the office Captain Obvious would make or a profound truth that will make you smile knowingly. If for you it's the former, then you have something to look forward to. If the latter, then we'll be excited to hear what's behind your next door.