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Huy’s Nidan Essay

July 3, 2019 @ 5:15 am
by Flo Li
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Question: As you have worked to give up using strength, what have you learned about yourself?  How can this apply to others, including children? There was an interesting show on National Geographic the other day on Alpha Animals. It featured two fierce buffalos competing to lead the herd. They were both vigorous and magnificent beasts who stood out from the rest of the herd. They kept on locking horns and crashing heads until one of the buffalos proved itself to be stronger, more perseverant, the rightful leader of the herd; the other turned tail, conceded defeat and returned to be another [...]

What Aikido Means to Me

June 2, 2016 @ 5:01 am
by Flo Li
What Aikido, and Getting A Black Belt,  Means to Me by Noah, age 12, Encinitas Aikido, Youth Black Belt received on May 31, 2016 Aikido, to me, is a martial art unlike any other. It teaches me to be able to defend myself, but not hurt the person that I am defending myself from. To me, it means to be at peace, and to teach others. It teaches me to be a better person in the world. It also allows me to learn. But, what is the most important thing about Aikido, I think, is that I am being taught [...]