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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 [...]

Happy 2018 from Jacques Payet Shihan, Mugenjuku Aikido

December 19, 2017 @ 1:27 am
by Flo Li
It is already the end of 2017. It is time for greetings, wishes, and resolutions! This year I've turned 60. In Japan, this is a special time when you take the opportunity to celebrate with family and friends, and thank them for their love and support during all those years. Reflecting on my life, I realized that most of what has happened would not have been possible without the extraordinary support of family, friends, and students from all over the world. Many times I thought of quitting aikido. Sometimes, taking an easier path in moments of great doubt seemed more [...]