Happy the 4th of July everyone and greetings from Japan!
First of all, congratulations to the recipients of June Spirit Award in the youth class as many students are demonstrating their ability to embody the teachings of aikido with their attitude of focus, intensity, humbleness, integrity, and joy. This special month we gave the spirit award to Arian, Matthew, Benjamin, Emma, Julianna and Eeshan! Congratulations everyone – a job well done and keep up the great progress!
Here in Japan where the weather is hot and humid, we are able to train everyday with a nice sense of accomplishment as we quickly sweat through our dogis. In Mugenjuku Kyoto Dojo, training happens everyday from 7am to 9pm on weekdays and until 10pm on Saturdays. Aikido is always done with intensity yet filled with the spirit of open-hearted joy as we deepen our study with people from all over the world.
Payet Sensei, Chris Sensei, and Andy Sensei send their love to everyone in Aikido of Del Mar from Kyoto as we are sharing our training across the pacific ocean. We also got an opportunity to train with Payet Sensei’s senior Sonada Shihan (8th dan in Yoshinkan aikido) from Hombu Dojo of Tokyo, Japan.
Another part of aikido training here consisted misogi training which is a Shinto ritual of purification under a heavy waterfall. The founder of Aikido, Morihei Ueshiba regularly used this form of meditation to perfect his training towards complete unification. A large group of us were able to experience misogi in a cold sacred waterfall in Kyoto. The force of the waterfall itself was considerably heavy crashing down onto one’s body, yet all of us came out feeling stronger, refreshed, and renewed.
Looking forward to share more photos and stories when I return. Happy training everyone and looking forward to see everyone again very SOON!