Dear All – Good news, the course is still going ahead on Saturday.
In light of the Government’s Plan B guidance, if possible, it would be really helpful you could to do a lateral flow test prior to attending the course. We realise that this may not be possible for everyone but where you can it will help.
Obviously if its a positive result please don’t attend the course.
Additionally if you can wear face masks while you’re not on the mat that would be much appreciated.
Look forward to seeing you Saturday,
In loving memory of John Pearson who sadly passed away on 14th December 2020 with his son Jim and granddaughter by his side.
Appearing below practicing in the Komyokan dojo.
John loved Aikido achieving a 2nd Dan Aikidoka in his 70s. Shown below is Johns Aikido Sensei Terry Ezra giving a talk on the Zen approach for dealing with anger, depression, fear
I’m coming to the end of the beginner’s blog… I think! Not because I’ve suddenly stopped being a beginner (the journey is long I think) but because I’ve probably covered all the pearls of wisdom stuck in this little head that I’ve experienced so far. Hopefully there are things that have given you enough of an idea how and what to expect when trying Aikido. Hopefully it will have pricked your curiosity to try this martial art. I think it is brilliant and I am hooked but you’ll never know unless you try it.
Personally, I would love to train more frequently but life gets in the way. I manage one day a week at the Komyokan dojo which I am hoping to improve but at the moment it’s all I can schedule with work, family life and other things that must be important!
I admit sometimes it is so easy to just sit at home and think “ah I’ve had a busy day, maybe I’ll give it a miss tonight” but then every time I finish training I’m so glad I turned up.
Do I sometimes ache after training? … Oh yes – in places I didn’t know could ache.
Do I sometimes feel incompetent & an idiot? … oh frequently. Sometime I have long nights of it. 😉…
But having a good sensei is so important. Good ones understand you’re a beginner, have the patience to let you develop in your own time and most of all, which I find essential, provide support & constant encouragement. Beginners need to know when they are doing well more frequently than anyone else.
So there you have it… stop reading this and get along to your local Aikido dojo today!
Aikido needs you as much as you need it 😊
Terry Ezra Shihan Teaching Weapons at Spennymore County Durham
He is teaching the ‘principles’ here of Zanshin ‘centre to centre’ ‘contact’ and timing