Kids’ Corner – Cornerstones

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By , June 28, 2012 9:41 pm

We’ve had some new faces join us on the mat for the summer and I’d like to welcome each of you. I hope your time with us is enjoyable and that you learn something fun as well as useful. Take the training you get on the mat and find ways to apply it to your everyday life. There is more to Aikido training than the techniques and tumbling.

Some of the things that you will learn when you first begin are get out of the way, lower your center, and redirect the attacker’s energy. These three things are cornerstones in one way or another of all techniques and something that we need to constantly be reminded of and practice.

Getting out of the way may not look the same for all techniques but it’s there. If you don’t get out of the way, or as it’s sometimes described “getting off the line”, you find yourself clashing or “muscling” the technique and it just doesn’t work as well.

Lowering your center is key to fighting the urge to force the attacker to do something. You must focus on your own body’s motions and that is most easily done by lowering your center (bending your knees). Of course, this is more effective if you’ve completed step one, which is to get out of the way. Once you are out of the way it is easier to lower your center without “forcing” anything and begins the process of redirecting the attacker’s energy. By focusing on yourself and how you are moving you have an effect on the attacker.

Once you have gotten out of the way and have started the process of motion by lowering your center you are able to redirect the attacker’s energy in such a way that they loose their balance and fall down.

Without the first two steps the third step, redirecting energy, is very difficult to do especially when you have only just begun your Aikido training. Even for those who have studied for months and even years it’s an easy thing to forget, hence the need to train.

For the summer let’s focus on those three basic needs of all techniques:

  • Get out of the way
  • Lower your center
  • Redirect their energy

I’m looking forward to an AWESOME summer of training! Let’s have some fun!

Teresa Mastison Sensei

Lift Others Up

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By , June 28, 2012 9:39 pm

“The Samurai is the first to suffer anxiety for human society, and he is the last to seek any personal pleasure.”

I think this is at the core of what it means to be a budoka (one who studies the martial way), which is where your Aikido training can lead. One can train in Aikido and learn many useful and life-saving skills, but if one so desires it can lead to a much deeper understanding and appreciation of life and one’s purpose in this world.

I’d like to think that my training has helped mold me into a type of person that O’Sensei was hoping would help the world because of my words and actions. As a result of my training I try to look for ways to lift others up and help whenever I can. I try to live according to the above Shodo. It’s difficult to put others before myself or to limit how much I indulge for my own pleasure. I believe we are meant to enjoy life, which includes an endless struggle with finding a balance between enjoying life and being there for others. I’m a work in progress, but my training and my time spent with all of you constantly gives me fuel to keep trying.

Peace to you.

Teresa Mastison Sensei

Newsletter – June, 2012

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Newsletter – June, 2012

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