Hey guys! How’s your week going so far? It’s almost half way through the semester, and I am doing pretty good! I wanted to share with you guys how martial arts have been helping me balance out my life. Don’t forget to subscribe if you want to get weekly posts! 🙂
If you didn’t already know, I am taking an Aikido class this semester, at my universities’ gym. Aikido is a Japanese martial art, based on the Samurai warriors and their sword-fighting techniques. The art was adapted into more modern techniques and practical applications, however the basic ideas, culture and etiquette remains the same. The man who took it into his life to bring back and adapt Aikido in the 20th century was Morihei Ueshiba O Sensei (great teacher). He was very passionate about this and studied for a very long time in Japanese.
The word Aikido means the following: ‘ai’-the balance, in harmony with; ‘ki’-spirit or life; ‘do’-the way or path. So Aikido roughly means the way of being in balance with life.
What’s really interesting is that this is so true. Originally I though that a martial art was something you practice, fight or whatever. But it really does change you and how you see life but how you act. So, here’s how I changed and why I love Aikido and why I would encourage you to try one!
I am not a very physical or aggressive person, never have been. And the idea of fighting is quite opposite to my nature. This is probably why my parents thought it’d be a great idea for me to do Aikido, when I found out that they offered it at my university. I enrolled and was a bit nervous about it. For a variety of reasons really, like the fact that I am fairly uncoordinated, not in shape and I have never done any sport really (other than skiing).
Turns out that I had nothing to be nervous about, like usual. All my classmates are super nice and we have fun together! The Sensei and his assistant are also super friendly and they teach very well. And it’s really encouraging to be doing better everyday!
The interesting thing is how it balances you out. And I don’t just mean in the way of doing something physical so you aren’t sitting at you computer all day. I mean mentally, emotionally and spiritually as well. I can go into class super tired, unmotivated and even with a headache, and come out re-energized and happy. Even if I am physically more tired from the exercise, every other part of me feels better!
Aikido has also given me a lot more confidence. In my ability to defend myself (even though I haven’t finished the course yet), and in general. It’s kinda hard to explain to be honest, but I feel like in my day-to-day encounters I just feel better.
It’s definitely a class I look forward to every week and I love doing it! We wear our training gi (uniforms), and practice so many moves, rolls, how to fall/get up, and so much more! The etiquette and ritual before, during and after each session is disciplined, and we also say Japanese phrases before training with a new partner, afterwards, and more.
It’s very hard to explain how this has impacted me, and is still changing me, but I hope you get a general idea of it. I know that I want to continue doing martial arts, maybe Aikido, maybe something else, because it’s really fun, and so good for me!
I highly encourage you to try a martial art if you can. I am very scared normally of trying new things out. I don’t like to just try something new (unless it’s a job!) and so this is something I normally wouldn’t do. So if you’re like me, we just gotta get more bold and daring. And honestly, doing this has helped me be more like that, slowly. It’s kinda a circle: you don’t want to but the only way out is if you do.
Let me know if you have done or do a martial art! I’d love to know and talk to you about it! Shoot me an email if you’d like: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can check out this page to learn more about Aikido if you’d like. http://asu.org
Have a great rest of your day, thanks for reading, and don’t forget to SMILE! 😀 ❤