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On meeting Ikeda-sensei - The Dragon's Mortal Morsel
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kendaer
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On meeting Ikeda-sensei
Tonight was the first night of Ikeda-Sensei's seminar at Northshore Aikido, and was my first chance to meet him. I've heard a bit about him here and there from other people, and they've always spoken of him in glowing terms.

Tonight I found out why. The man... exudes ... 'rightness' and a presence that is undeniable and at the same time, kindness and patience.

I'm not one for 'hero worship', but ... damn. It like meeting someone and going 'I want to be *that* way about things'. I want to be that centered, that patient, that ... deep.

I learned more, and think I worked harder, even though the mat was more crowded and there were more explanation times, than I think I have at just about any other time I've gone to Aikido.

Wow.

Current Mood: indescribable indescribable
Current Music: Kathy Mar - Hope Eyrie

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From: j5nn5r Date: March 6th, 2003 06:40 am (UTC) (Link)

On Ikeda-Sensei

I came to watch the demo. My own Sensei was there, along with a fellow classmate. I too found Ikeda-Sensei quite wonderful. I was amazed at his blending of both the art itself with the clear message that "this is martial art" as he touched his palm with his other hand, emphasizing his point -- always with a smile. Later, I visited his website and watched a video called Irimi. His power was amazing, much like the directness of Saotome-Sensei. Amazing.
kendaer From: kendaer Date: March 6th, 2003 06:49 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: On Ikeda-Sensei

I haven't been lucky enough yet to get to watch Saotome Sensei.

However, in case you don't know, Ikeda Sensei will be at Eastside Aikido this friday, saturday and Sunday. Check out www.aikieast.com.

Also, David Choate Sensei will be at Aikido Northshore the end of this month (28th-30th).

Due to finances, I'll only be going to watch Ikeda sensei tomorrow, but will be at the David Choate Sensei seminar at the end of the month since Northshore is my home dojo.
kendaer From: kendaer Date: March 6th, 2003 06:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Light and Dark

Forgot to mention that the Northshore Aikido dojo web address was www.aikidonorthshore.com
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