- It still boogles the mind that somebody would put so much effort just
to get the BB in the most demanding martial art I know of just to quit
as soon as they get it. After all, as I tell mostly the parents of the
kids joining the dojo, if you want some kind of a prize to put on the
mantle - there are easier ways to get it. Even if you think you know
it all (no matter what your level is), one visit from Mustard Sensei
will cure you of any illusions of greateness. Mind you I've never been
told my Aikido is crap in such a loving and caring way. But we have
been told from the start - Aikido is not the techniques, it is what
you learn from the techniques, and you will make it your own
eventually. BB might be good to impress girls, but what good is it to
you? I'd love to read some of the recent yudansha feelings of what it
actually meant to them to attain the rank. And what about us married
folks, whose wives don'n give a rat's ass about their hubbie's "hobby"?
Who do we dazzle with the skill that deep in our hearts we know is
skin deep? I think I should have taken the 'vette...
- Thanks once again to Mustard Sensei,
The students of the Buyukan dojo and I walked away with actual information that we
can use in our daily training. a bit of homework that we are sure will make us better at
Mustard sensei said something that hit me on several different levels. He said,
"Nobody studies martial arts (bujiutsu) to get weak."
Thats why i carefully chose how I spend my extra time. Dedicating even one day on the weekend to training is tough. So if you do get time and
you pay your money - you should walk away with a feeling that you have gotten something, that you are getting stronger in Aikido.
In this regard Mustard sensei has defiantly delivered again. I always guarantee my students that you will be better at the end of each of his clincs.
Again I would be remiss if I didn't mention Nick Mills sensei and 1. his excellent students, 2. his hospitality and 3. his beautiful dojo.
Mills Sensei who is now a full time Aikido instructor was an excellent source of technical information and I had a great opportunity to train with
him and feel his technique first hand!
One of the things that inspires me about some of the senior in Yoshinkan Aikido is the way they present themselves. Mills Sensei comes across as a very humble 5th dan! You could easily underestimate him - but trust me you would be sorry.
So thanks to everyone that trained with us and thanks to all that make these clinics happen.
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