Kids’ Corder – Be Helpful

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By , December 8, 2011 1:21 pm

I’d like to take the idea of being aware a little further for this holiday season. Being aware is a cornerstone of your Aikido training, but it can mean even more during the holiday months. Being aware of your surroundings is important in order to keep yourself safe, but being aware of others can mean a lot to those you help. You have to extend your awareness to beyond yourself and that can lead to some wonderful feelings both for you and the one you help.

During this holiday season look for ways you can help others. You can help by doing something nice or helpful; being extra courteous by letting others go first or ahead of you; sharing what you have with others or letting someone have something of yours; buying a gift for a charity drive; giving food to a food bank. The list is endless. Be creative. Brainstorm with your family to come up with some unique ways to help others this holiday season. When we help others we often times realize just how fortunate and blessed we are ourselves.

I wish you each a very special time with family and friends this holiday season. I’ll see you in 2012 for another great year of training!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Teresa Mastison Sensei

Aiki Taiso

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By , December 8, 2011 1:20 pm

As with everything in life you have to have a strong foundation if you expect what you build upon it to be strong and stable. Your Aikido training is no different. Attention to details, moving slowly, learning the aiki taiso and their applications, doing techniques over and over, making connections between aiki taiso and technique or this technique with that technique are all things you must do in order to create a solid foundation. Without taking the time to do these things you will hinder your progress and understanding.

Aikido training is really just conditioning your body and mind to react to various stimuli. If you do anything long enough it becomes a habit. When you train you’re teaching yourself how to move, blend and redirect energy. The importance of good, solid kihon (basic) technique and aiki taiso (exercises you do by yourself) becomes obvious when the speed of attack increases or during a randori (multiple attackers at the same time). When you don’t have time to think you rely on your body to react instinctively and that’s when you find out how solid your fundamental motions are.

Patience is paramount in Aikido training. You just can’t create lifelong habits quickly. Even after studying for years you’ll find a new connection or make a discovery that is new to you. Your training has so many layers of understanding and levels of proficiency it really is a lifelong journey. Just when you think you have a technique down and understand it something happens that makes it ineffective and you have to “go back to the basics” in order to figure it out.

I bring these ideas up to encourage you to practice the aiki taiso you are familiar with during our break. You can also use the Student Manual as a reference for the ones with which you’re not as familiar. You can also walk through techniques focusing on your motions and extending ki throughout your body. It is this kind of training that helps you create habits that will help your learning. Give yourself the advantage of knowing how to move by practicing the aiki taiso or reviewing techniques done in class even if it’s only in your mind.

It’s been another wonderful year for Aikido of Phoenix and I thank you all for your hard work and dedication. Count your blessings this holiday seasons and know that I count each of you among my mine. I look forward to training with you in 2012 and hope you all have a safe and happy holiday!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Teresa Mastison Sensei

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