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Aikido is LIFE

April 23, 2019 @ 6:24 pm
by Flo Li
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We asked why Payet sensei often tells us that "Aikido is Life". Does training in aikido help us navigate life better? If so, in what ways? Answer from Payet Shihan Yes! "Aikido is Life" in the sense that training does not end at the dojo. Shioda Sensei often quoted the famous Zen master Dogen, "wherever you are and whatever you do - this is the best dojo." The training of aikido gives us tools and means to learn and apply its principles in life. Physically, you learn the importance of good balance and a strong foundation. In aikido techniques, physical [...]

Aikido in Driving

February 15, 2019 @ 12:45 am
by Flo Li
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It was raining, traffic was light, and the lights by the on-ramp of the freeway had been turned off after the heavy morning commute. I was driving behind a fancy sports car heading down the on-ramp and suddenly the car stops right by the traffic light in front of me leaving me no time to break. Trying to break yet sliding on fresh rain, unable to stop in time, I swerved to the right lane and quickly passed by. No red traffic light, yet the car decided to stop. Somehow my base model CRV got out of the way effortlessly, [...]

Navigating Troubled Times

December 18, 2018 @ 6:41 pm
by Flo Li
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Payet Shihan's Holiday Message Dear Students and Friends of Aikido, Thank you for all of your support this year! First of all, Mugenjuku Aikido has grown over the years and will celebrate 10 years in March 2019. This is a milestone of our growth! Together as a family, I look forward to celebrating this special event with those who will make the trip to Kyoto. For those who cannot travel physically, we will celebrate with you and all our supporters worldwide in spirit. Second, I would like to acknowledge the various reasons why we practice Aikido. According to our personalities, [...]

Why Some Kids Try Harder and Some Kids Give Up

February 10, 2016 @ 10:56 pm
by Flo Li
Via Huffington Post by Tracy Cutchlow My toddler struggled to buckle the straps on her high chair. "Almost," she muttered as she tried again and again. "Almost," I agreed, trying not to hover. When she got it, I exclaimed, "You did it! It was hard, but you kept trying, and you did it. I'm so proud of you." The way I praised her effort took a little effort on my part. If I hadn't known better, I might have just said, "Clever girl!" (Or even "Here, let me help you with that.") What's so bad about that? Read on. Stanford [...]