Independence Day

“Without budo a nation goes to ruin, because budo is the life of loving protection.” -Morihei Ueshiba O’Sensei

independence dayD-Day American War Cemetary

Thursday last week, 4 days before Independence Day, there was a sign in the Orem park where we meet to train.

“Freedom is worth fighting for.”

Not a bad theme for our Aikido practice.

The 4th of July is a great time of year to spend time with family. People set off a lot of fireworks.

In all the celebrating take some time to reflect on the men and women that – past and present – that make our country and freedoms possible.

veteran US Army
Higher Ground

“Higher Ground (HG) is a nationally recognized veteran rehabilitation program that combines sports, family and coping therapies to restore and rehabilitate men and women of the armed forces who have been severely wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“(HG) specializes in serving veterans with traumatic brain injuries (TBI), post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), polytrauma, blindness, and mental illness.

“(Also) visual impairments, amputations, spinal cord injuries, severe burns, and hearing impairments.”

“I learned to do something new that I couldn’t do before my injury. I thought, WOW, if I can learn this, what else is out there for me?” -Jason Palmer, US Army

Seven Miracles That Saved America
by Chris and Ted Stewart

“Compelling evidence that the hand of Providence has indeed preserved the United States of America on multiple occasions.”

Credits: Photo of US Army Vet courtesy of Michael Richter. Photo of American War Cemetary courtesy of Fabrizio Turco.

Seichiro Endo Sensei

Seichiro Endo Sensei on Youtube. Video from the 42nd Zen Nippon Aikido demonstration in Tokyo.

“When I was 30 years old I dislocated my right shoulder. That event brought me to a turning point.

“Seigo Yamaguchi said to me, “You’ve been doing aikido for 10 years now, but now you have only your left arm to use, what are you going to do? . . . .

“I took the opportunity to turn my approach to aikido around 180 degrees.”

-Endo Sensei interview with Stanley Pranin

Way-Mastery Store has posted a series of Youtube videos from Endo Sensei’s “Kihon no Kata” DVD. This video is the 1st in the series.

Endo Sensei talks about his ongoing study of Aikido technique.

“You learn how to use your body through doing kata. . . .

“I am really reconsidering the way I do my kata.”

Check out the throw at 32 seconds.

Related Pages

Aikido videos

Endo Aikido DVD’s – Way-Mastery online store

“What leads to success?” by Richard St. John

Success analyst and author Richard St. John distilled ‘8 Secrets of Success’ from 500 interviews conducted over a 7 year period.

Then he condensed 2 hours of material into this 3 minute presentation for the Ted conference.

My notes from the video:

“Do it for love; not for money.”

“It’s all a lot of work; nothing comes easily. But I have a lot of fun.”
-Rupert Mudoch, publisher

“To be successful, put your nose down in something and get damn good at it.”
-Alex Garden, game developer for Nexon and Microsoft

“There’s no magic. It’s practice, practice, practice.”

“I think it all has to do with focusing yourself on one thing.”
-Norman Jewison, director of 42 movies including “The Hurricane” and A Soldier’s Story”

“I always had self-doubts. I wasn’t good enough, wasn’t smart enough. I didn’t think I’d make it.”
-Goldie Hawn

“You can’t serve yourself. You have to serve others something of value.”

“Listen, observe, be curious, ask questions, problem solve, make connections.”

“Persistence is the number one reason for our success.”
-Joe Kraus, co-founder of Excite

Not bad advice for a student of Aikido.