Miscellaneous Thoughts on Aikido (from Kuroiwa sensei’s writings)

December 23, 2007

Another translation done on a whim. No proofreading done. I came across a phrase that stood out to me – the fruit for my labor. Read the rest of this entry »

On leading a dojo

December 10, 2007

If I were leading a dojo or group of people: Read the rest of this entry »

Standing on the shoulders of giants (2)

February 13, 2007


Thanks to all the trial and error our predecessors underwent, we are standing on the shoulders of giants. However I believe it may be largely in a technical sense, like knowing breathing and meditation methods developed thousands of years ago.

Actually, we are not all standing on the shoulders of giants, are we? Read the rest of this entry »

Cutting down the last tree

November 18, 2006

There is this interesting question posed in Collapse by Jared Diamond in the section where he addresses the history of Easter Island. Evidently Easter Island had a unique environment that was damaged beyond recovery by its inhabitants, leading to their own virtual demise. One major form of that damage was deforestation. Considering the islanders to whom it must have been plain that their resources were limited and fragile, what was that one hypothetical islander thinking when he cut down the very last tree on the island? This question came back to me as I was thinking about how couples have certain conflicts precisely because they are couples, and are in a situation in which the intimacy of their relationship brings many more opportunities for their respective psychological history and scars, and their projections related to family members come to the fore with their current partner. (I have also been thinking of how people say that it is important to learn from history, but in reality it doesn’t really hit us where it sticks, and perhaps indicates the importance of having more immediate ties to history such as through our parents and grandparents.) The issue of conflicts among couples is especially salient when they come together to dance lessons, where one must lead and the other follow, and when they practice something like aikido where power differences and struggles are very much in the forefront. For both the Easter Islander who cut down the last tree and couples who unwittingly slip into deeply rooted fights, perhaps they never realized what they were doing. Read the rest of this entry »