Surrendering to Center – revisiting this

My first blog post was titled “Surrendering to Center”.  In describing this, I wrote: “What this means to me is that center happens. “Center” is that element of myself that I cannot avoid. it is me, the good, the bad, the ugly. Therefore, I happen. I happen everyday, whether I am alone, with my son,…

Quiet yourself and train!

I think that this is much better than “shut up and train”… maybe it’s the PC version… but it’s kind of on my mind right now.  A friend recently expressed interest in Aikido and I thought about the suggestions and advice that I wanted to give him.  Strangely, it was advice that I heard a…

What do you have planned for your Aikido in 2012?

We are closing out the year here in a few days, and I’ve been thinking a bit about the things I want to work on in the upcoming year.  I think that it’s good to have goals and to work on different aspects of an art.  While general comments like “I want to get faster/stronger/quicker”…