You Change Others When You Change You First

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I am sure I have written about Aikido a half a dozen times here before. I practiced for a year and half until I damaged my knee. I fell in the love with the art. In fact, I’m still in love, even though I no longer practice. When I first stepped on to the mat to practice, like … [Read more...]

How Theory and Practice Are Different (A Cautionary Tale)

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My old man has a friend who spent his entire life in construction. Let’s call him Tommy. Late in his life, in order to advance in his trade and become a supervisor, Tommy began taking classes at the community college. One class happened to be about ordering stone for the … [Read more...]

Practice, Forms, Kata, and Relationships

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The martial artist practices their form, their kata, thousands of times. They rehearse each movement, perfecting it, combining it with the next movement until it flows perfectly. When they’re not practicing their kata, they practice each of the individual movements over and over … [Read more...]