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Hoosier Musings on the Road to Emmaus

Monday, February 28, 2005

Shodan

One of my husband's interests-- more than an interest, really; more like an avocation-- is aikido. This is a martial art which originated in Japan; but it's unlike Tai Kwon Do, or others you might see on TV. There are no sudden strikes, punches or kicks; no training for attack, unless one is acting as uke (the designated attacker for practice). You won't see this covered on ESPN, either, as there are no competitions in the discipline. Yes, it's still both serious and effective-- as his sensei says, they can put the "harm" in "harmony" -- but that is not the focus.

A couple nights a week he drives down to the dojo and works out, flinging and being flung with a certain joyous abandon. He really enjoys it-- both the discipline of the art and the people with whom he shares it-- and has gotten to be quite good.

Next Saturday, March 5, he'll have the opportunity to see just how much progress he's made over the years, when he takes his shodan test. That's the Japanese term for first degree black belt, and is very much a milestone. The test will be during a seminar weekend at the dojo, and will be at the end of the afternoon training session that day. Visitors and spectators are more than welcome. So if you show up roughly around 3:00, you'll be able to see him in action.

5 Comments:

Blogger BrotherBeal said...

Jane -

Best of luck to your husband. As a fellow enthusiast of the martial arts, I wish him the best of luck on this stepping stone - and you should be in for quite a show!

February 28, 2005 6:21 PM  

Blogger Dawgdays said...

Please pass my best wishes on to Bruce. I'm sure he'll do well. He and I were talking about Aikido at Reconciler a while back, and I could sense his passion for the art.

February 28, 2005 6:44 PM  

Blogger Jane Ellen+ said...

Thanks, guys; I'll pass on your good wishes.

Beal: I have seen a black belt test before: a friend from the dojo who earned his rank about a year ago. As for Bruce, I've watched all of his tests to date, and I'm always impressed; no reason to believe this will be any different. (^_^)

February 28, 2005 7:40 PM  

Blogger Tripp Hudgins said...

Go Bruce!!! Wahoo! He will do well. That is very cool.

March 01, 2005 5:20 AM  

Blogger RiverStone said...

How awesome! I've studied martial arts for about four years, but in different arts, so the closest I've gotten is a brown belt. I'll be sending good-luck thoughts and prayers your way this weekend!

Peace and blessings,
RiverStone

March 01, 2005 1:30 PM  

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