A year or two into my aikido career, a couple of brothers came in to try a class at Sunset Cliffs Aikido in San Diego. As is typically the case, they were swimming in their not-yet-washed dogi, cuffs rolled seven times each just so their wrists might be grabbed without interference. The knots they had selected to secure their belts were anything but traditional.
After class, a senior student asked them how they liked their first aikido experience. “It was awesome!” they beamed. “I mean, we were completely confused, and I don’t think either of us knows our left from our right anymore. But, hey,” one of them remarked, looking at his legs, “at least we have our pants on the right way!”
I didn’t have the heart to tell them that the “knee pads” go in front.
When a new student remarks in despair at how good his or her sempai are, a typical word of encouragement one might hear is, “we all started where you are.”
This brings me to the newly-minuted AE Blog. Like many beginning students, the blog is starting from scratch. There will be mistakes, to be sure. But that’s part of the process. But, before long, the blog will grow into an indispensable resource of aiki insights into an array of topics written by a variety of authors.
As everyone knows, of course, the secret to aikido is to show up to class, and to practice. And, so, I invite you to do the same here. Make the AE Blog part of your regular practice. In the sidebar to the right, you can sign up to receive email notifications when new posts are made. Add your unique energy to the conversation by making responsible and insightful comments. If you would like to submit posts, AE is creating an editorial group – use the Contact Us link at the top right of this window to request more information.
So, here begins a humbling but no doubt rewarding process. I just hope my pants are on straight.