“Once there was a swordsman who thought to himself: I’ve been deeply resolved in this Way and have practiced for many years. Still, I have not yet learned its deepest secrets or got to the heart of it. I should go into the mountains, meet with the demons, and carry on the highest laws of the Way . . .”
Anyone serious about martial arts will tell you that their practice has transformed them over time.
We often wish that more other people could share in these benefits.
But many people don’t want to learn martial arts!
However, in true Aikido style, sensei Quentin Cooke wants to blend with (not fight!) this fact and turn it around – in his mission to introduce the principles of Aikido to non-martial artists . . .
Some of the terrible things happening right now in the name of racial tension and hatred can make us feel utter despair.
But martial artists can and do make a difference in their own community – by creating safe, inclusive spaces where people from all ethnic backgrounds can come together with a shared purpose . . .
If modernity represents a devastating attack on the popularity of martial arts, then perhaps we should consider taking an “Aikido” approach and blending with that attack, rather than bemoaning and resisting it. Whether you like what they’re doing or not, Defence Lab has blended with the values and reality of the modern Western world, and turned these to its advantage, to a stunning degree . . .
If you haven’t seen it yet, you might be tempted to dismiss “Moana” as just a fluffy “Disney Princess” movie. But popular children’s stories can express human truths in powerful ways; and the themes this tale explores are very familiar to many of us who train in the martial arts:
– Who am I?
– Is there more to life than what I see around me?
– Am I being selfish to focus so much on my own personal development . . . ?