A Sense of Place

Keizan Murray

Oct 2, 2021

“Learning is to a man as the leaves and branches are to a tree, and it can be said that he should simply not be without it." - From the Iwamizudera Monogatari, Takeda Shingen's (1521-1573 A.D.) discussions on human nature.

Are you self-sufficient in your training? Have you asked yourself -and your instructors- why we train as we do? Why a certain movement, or cut, or throw? Have you asked yourself what you understand about your training -or not?- why you know it, and if not, where to find the correct answers? Being earnest in our training does not mean simply doing something in a rote fashion, going through the movements for the sake of being told to do so. Honest commitment to training is more than copying, greater than repeating, and even farther than absorbing. Those aspects are present, yes, but our purpose is delving into the katas so deeply that we unlock more of ourselves. If we train in this manner then we may fully understand the 'Six Pillars of Aikido'.