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Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Hey all, my name is Roland, been training in Jeet Kune Do (jun fan) for about a year now.
I haven't had a specific, particular instance that has really led me to "open my eyes", or the like, rather all I have is the continuing accumilation of experiences. Jeet Kune Do, as a philosophy, has alot of tie ins with the Tao, and while I've not studied much into it, I have more recently began reading more of it, in addition to formally studying Buddhism at my university. Lately I've been trying to focus more on training, and less on thinking (that is not to de-emphasize how much I think of it, its hard to describe). Hard to describe is the best way I can explain how I feel, heh, and what martial arts and life in general feels to me as of late.
Found this community through martial_arts, looks interesting thus I join ^.^
Monday, March 28, 2005
I had the good fortune to attend a seniors meeting this past weekend for the organization I train in. We had 43 people in attendance and the lowest ranks were nidans. This represented about a third of our membership. Lots of juicy stuff happened including demonstrations and promotions. The meeting also served to fine tune kata and change members of the promotion board and the technical committee.
One of the things I came away with was an overall feeling of joy and love that permiated the whole weekend and all from a verydiverse group of people and I have to wonder why the rest of the world seems to have trouble doing the same.
Anyway, I have been assigned homework and that is to explore the meaning of Shu Ha Ri. As I research this, I thought I'd share my thoughts and findings with all those present in this journal. Until next time, keep training.
Thursday, October 7, 2004
Pondering (the state of) this world
I fall into a lament,
Only to be reinvigorated again
When the light of the tumbling clouds
Builds the "vigorous force" inside me.
- Morihei Ueshiba
Monday, October 4, 2004
The more I train
The less profound I feel.
The less words I can describe.
how much I have changed.
Hope your practice is going well.
Just thought id drop a line.
Monday, February 16, 2004
Have you ever expressed your opinion regarding your training, even though it scared you, or if you knew it wasnt popular, of it you knew it would cause problems? or been in a situation where you knew that the best thing for you to do was just nod and go, okay... but instead you attack and cut someone down.
Sometimes I find myself getting caught between wanting to seriously be open to everyones thoughts, and the rest of the time they just make me sick.
I am concious of if my words fit or don't. But I am also at a point now where I don't see a need to try and fit my thoughts in little boxes that everyone can deal with. I attack, because I can. Because I can handle being wrong, and I can handle people being mad. Maybe because I like proving to myself I can handle it?
I figure this has to be a common place for someone who begins to feel his or her own oats after a while of training. I take my training so serious, Its the majority of what I do with my time and the focus I want to take my life in. When I see folks taking it as anything less then how I do, it just makes me feel... dirty almost.
I dunno, maybe I am alone in this... maybe I am not. I figure if I know enough to stop and when, its just a choice now between attacking and not. Thats better then not even being aware I am doing it I suppose.
Friday, January 9, 2004
We had a shodan visit from an Aikikai dojo in Florida tonight. It was really fun to train with him. Even with the stylistic diffrences between aikikai and jiyushinkai we had an excellent practice, we took care of each other, and everyone most likely learned and grew a bit from the practice. Its days like this when people can get together from different backgrounds and drop all pretenses and leave the egos at the door that makes me think there truelly is a lot of good in people. Gods I love this stuff.
I hope everyone had a teriffic new year and may this year bring lots of excellent training for everyone.
Monday, January 5, 2004
first off, happy new year everyone! I am glad to see a healthy community with good posts continuing on. I think its important that we keep in contact with each other and try to learn from our different arts and grow as budoka.
I wanted to start the new year off with another lesson I wanted to share. Reciently I was training with my sensei and he started to talk about two very important things to keep in your practice. The first is about intent, I think the biggest things that make a budo system different then a martial art is in its intent. We worked on knife evasions and sensei was talking about how your cheating each other out of real life experiances if you dont an honest attack. You can't learn anything with out a serious intent. He then talked about how in a single generation a budo or martial system can become a relic that looks nice on the wall, but not be an alive thing that truly holds its nature and spirit. I think both are related, with out a spirit of intent, how could a system be anything more then complicated dancing?
so I suppose my question then to you is how do YOU keep your martial art alive? how do you keep the intensity and spirit of your art from one generation to the next?
I wish you all well in the new year. Hope that you continue to make yourselves, your teachers, and your systems proud.
Saturday, December 20, 2003
Greetings to all. :)
It's been a while since anyone posted, and I've been lurking since the community was created. I've been interested and impressed by a lot of what's been written here, but haven't had much to say myself because I haven't actively studied either aikido (Tomiki) or karate (Goju or Ashihara) for a few years now, and so I'm out of the practice and the culture to a fair degree.
However. I nearly got involved in a fight with a drunk yesterday, and it's been bothering me. I found myself surprisingly physically relaxed (although I was certainly aware of the adrenalin flowing) and mostly managed to keep the situation calm. But the emotional violence and conflict bothers me. I believe I can handle the physical aspects, but I've never been good at dealing with the emotions of anger and aggression and hatred that fly about during these kinds of confrontations. I think that they bother me, and lead me into fear and suprise and perplexity and doubt more than anything else.
When I was training, I was always doing so with and against other students. We didn't hate each other, we didn't want to punch each others' lights out, and the emotional assault just wasn't there. I don't know that it often is in a dojo. So, how do people learn to deal with these things? Is it just that the confidence of long training and faith in their ability to deal with the physical aspects gives people enough confidence to ignore those emotions? Is it a mental preparedness or a serenity that I've been been really shown how to access, or mastered? Or what?
How do you all deal with the feelings involved in conflict?
Saturday, October 18, 2003
Training has been really great for me over the last almost year now. I have learned so much, and grown so much as a person. Everyone in my family has noticed the changes, in particular I am less defensive, less struggling, more accepting and learning. I train in a system where we are learning how to control our centers and to fight back, but at the same time during training we do so with out fighting back... not trying to resist the change, just to learn from it. There is alot of power in training like that, and even more so in living like that.
I have been trying to bring my training to life in everything I am doing. Blending with people's needs at work, waiting to fit when times are correct to push people slightly, and I suppose eventually throwing a person (emotionally, mentally) on occasion.
I am sure I am not the only one who takes things out of training to their life, another thing I am working on (mind you its hard) is to get over the idea of "us vs. them" I used to be uber defensive about things, everytime someone would step past a line (physically, verbally) I would think of it as an attack. And though sometimes it might be, simply learning to move my feet, change my mind, and not have to attack back on someone who really has no heart in their precusive behaviors.
maybe what I am saying is that I am trying to learn that most of the time people who attack you aren't really attacking. Just trying to stay safe by waving their hands their hands in your face to scare you.
at either rate, I am proud of this community, though its been slow coming there seem to be some really good thoughts on training here. I am glad you all joind me.
Wednesday, October 15, 2003
I received the following excerpt from a friend...it reminds me of what my Sensei refers to as "getting off the line".
The most effective form of detachment I have found has been forgiveness. Instead of thinking of it as an eraser to wipe another’s slate clean or a gavel that I pound to pronounce someone “not guilty,” I think of forgiveness as scissors. I use it to cut the strings of resentment that bind me to a problem or a past hurt. By releasing resentment, I set myself free.
When I am consumed with negativity over another person’s behavior, Ihave lost my focus. I don’t have to tolerate what I consider unacceptable, but wallowing in negativity will not change the situation. If there is action to take I am free to take it. Where I am powerless to change the situation, I will turn it over to God (or whatever higher force you believe in). By truly letting go, I detach and forgive.
When my thoughts are full of bitterness, fear, self-pity, and dreams of revenge, there is no room for love or for the quiet voice of God within me. With God’s help I am willing to admit that resentments hold me back, and then I can let them go. A part of me wants to cling to old resentments, but I know that the more I forgive, the better my life works. Every time I try to tighten the noose of resentment around someone’s neck, I am really only choking myself. Today I will practice forgiveness instead.
Saturday, October 11, 2003
I want to go hiking! I want to be included!
Tried to go hiking with Aikido club last night...was told by my Sensei that they were actually afraid I was frail...that pisses me off.
Perhaps I present myself that way...on some unconscious level...I know I have a problem seeing myself as weak at times...but not physically.
I want people to take me seriously! Just because I'm female doesn't mean I don't have a warrior spirit. This is partly why I try so hard...I feel I have to make up for the fact that I am female...It would surprise most people to know I don't even see myself that way! I don't walk aroung thinking to myself..."Oh my...I'd better be carful...I AM female after all...please don't mess up my hair...oh gosh, I broke a fingernail while training...better go home now" Most times I am REMINDED I am female...like it's some fucking handicap...I'm so pissed.
So now that my ego is going off...need to figure out how to practice humility in this situation...Pride goeth before the fall...Really don't wish to prove anyone right by falling by the wayside on the trail...humility is an honest self assessment. So...does the shoe fit or not? NO! I am NOT FRAIL!!!! Guess I'll just act as if no one has ever thought that and show up anyway. Shit!
I'm grateful my Sensei stood up for me. He told them I had a very strong will and that my Aikido was good enough to take what they had to dish out. THAT is what is important to me. The people I admire believe in me...screw the rest!
Wednesday, September 17, 2003
I am happy to report that I have found my center again...don't worry...I'm certain I will lose it soon enough. I had horrible nightmares all last night. One such dream involved being trapped in a house. When I finally got out, I was staring at the front of the house, yet, I still had the Venetian blinds in front of my eyes. It was as though my body had left the house, but my consciousness was still inside!
I interpret houses, within the context of dreams, as being states of consciousness . Apparently I am still in transition...but this dream reminded me that part of me (or perhaps even the real me) can be identified as "the watcher". The part of my consciousness that witnesses reality (or dreams) like a movie.
So...back to center...I practiced my moving meditation this afternoon. This usually involves a 45 minute hike and staying present. Sounds easy, but just try to keep your mind present in the moment for ANY length of time. The mind is like a 3 year old...it gets bored very easily and wont sit still. Or, as the Buddhists put it. The mind is like an Ox, given free reign it likes to roll around in mud puddles!
Upon returning from said hike, I sat in meditation for 15 minutes or so...focused on breathing...stayed present...found center. Now, if I can somehow keep my center during the rest of my day tomorrow...but that is the problem isn't it?
I really like what has been said about us HAVING emotions and thoughts. That these things are like the waves of the ocean and we are not the waves. I totally agree...however...how can I prevent my ship from being smashed upon the rocks? Perhaps this is not possible...maybe I simply need to stop identifying with the ship so heavily...hmmm.
I think I will try a longer meditation in the morning. I usually only take 5 minutes...tomorrow I will try 15...we'll see what happens. C (*
Tuesday, September 16, 2003
I took yoga class today from my friend Perry. Prior to class we were having a discussion about the necessity of anger. I got in many such discussions with my last spiritual advisor and we finally agreed to disagree. Anyway, Perry kept quoting the Dali Lama saying that anger was not necessary and that it caused more damage than good. That the only way to address anger was from a place of love....from a place of love? How the hell does one do that? Note to self: this is a good meditation topic. I maintain that anger is useful...it must be because it was given to me along with the rest of the emotions on my pallet. I don't believe that I should pick and choose which emotions I allow myself to experience. Given that of course I maintain balance. That is my ultimate goal. How do I keep my center in the face of life? People, situations, emotions...etc all threaten to pull me off course. Short of moving to a remote mountain top (now I know why monks do this) I don't know how to keep my peace.
In yoga class...during shivasana (corpse pose) probably spelled wrong....Perry came over and applied some pressure points to the back of my neck and shoulders which have been hard as piano wires for weeks due to emotional stress. I actually felt my heart open up and a warm peace flowered where there had only been hard walls before..."wow" I thought...I forgot what this felt like. It's been so long. How did I get off track for so long? I know how...I haven't been as diligent about my meditation practice....not the moving one...the sitting one. Solution begins tonight. C (*
Friday, September 12, 2003
This is a conversation I had with my kung fu teacher over MSN. I thought I'd share it with you.
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