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Aikido – “the way of unifying life energy”

Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed in the 19020s that combines mental and physical techniques. Although it is a martial art, its focus is defensive. It redirects the attackers energy and therefore, does not require much physical strength. In fact, the focus of training is controlled relaxation, flexibility, and endurance, not on strength training. Mentally, the focus is on keeping calm during times of stress and danger. It is about building confidence and the betterment of daily life.

Think this will take a long time to master? This old story may give you a new perspective on trying!

A young boy traveled across Japan to the school of a famous martial artist. When he arrived at the dojo he was given an audience by the Sensei
“What do you wish from me?” the master asked.
“I wish to be your student and become the finest kareteka in the land,” the boy replied. “How long must I study?”
“Ten years at least,” the master answered.
“Ten years is a long time,” said the boy. “What if I studied twice as hard as all your other students?”
“Twenty years,” replied the master.
“Twenty years! What if I practice day and night with all my effort?”
“Thirty years,” was the master’s reply.
“How is it that each time I say I will work harder, you tell me that it will take longer?” the boy asked.
“The answer is clear. When one eye is fixed upon your destination, there is only one eye left with which to find the Way.”

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