Push ahead, never recoil

branchelierreIvy. Photography by Nguyen Thanh Thien © 2017

One thing we do is to stretch, always extend, never pull back. This a teaching of Noro Masamichi sensei. It is one lesson he always reminded us to do, to apply, to keep alive in our movements.

I learned from Pr. Charles Malamoud that in the Veda, only one thing is required from a king, the utmost realization of being a Kshatriya, a warrior. The warrior king has to extend, always.

In following the teaching of my master, I lay my steps in the footsteps of his own master, Ueshiba Morihei sensei, and of the masters of the past. It is not easy, it is yet simple.

Only bones cannot stretch, all that is not bones can be. This is an entry to my lineage of Aikido. This is what we preserve dearly in every steps we take in Ringenkai Aikido.

By opening the width of each move, we open the space in which we set our action. We widen the path, we spread the landscape, we take time to explore each instant. Like the ivy, we enter a moment of our own, sharing it with the opponent, be it wind or bark. Moving ahead, always.


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