Scotaku got it in the comments of the previous post. I was at an old CCC camp, called Camp Juniper, in the sandhills of eastern South Carolina at Cheraw State Park. I was there for a week long training camp focusing on Wadoki Aikido.

We stayed in old cabins.

We cooked in the mess hall.

We ate and socialized in the mess hall.

We used the outside sinks and showers.

Some of us went swimming a few times and I took the pictures of the reflections during the dinner break on Friday when I went down to the lake.

But the purpose of the week was a gathering of the tribe of Suenaka-ha Tetsugaku-ho Aikido. Long sessions of instruction and practice. Morning, afternoon and evening, sometimes running past midnight, so that by the time you had showered and got in the bed it was 2 in the morning. It was around 95 degrees until Wednesday, when the heat broke, and then the rest of the week was milder. Friday was testing for the higher ranks, so practice was short, and then the rest of the day was spent watching that.

If you look at YouTube, you can find all sorts of Aikido, and there are many different styles. If you watch some of it, in many cases, it looks slow and graceful, but does not look like anything you could use in a fight. We do not put our videos on-line. Everyone is reminded that it is not permitted. I assure you, what I am studying, when mastered, is an effective martial art. It is not an easy art to learn, and I am not very good at it, but I am learning and I got about 6 months of regular practice time last week.

In your training do not be in a hurry, for it takes a minimum of ten years to master the basics and advance to the first rung. Never think of yourself as an all-knowing, perfected master; you must continue to train daily with your friends and students and progress together in Aikido.
–Morihei Ueshiba


2 thoughts on “Training

  1. O-sensei had it right. Train, train, train. The part about being with friends while doing it is important, too – and there's something about aikidists that's fun to be around.

    I've been reading you for some time, but now you're on the blogroll, FWIW. Thanks for your posts, your dedication, and insight.


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