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Monday, August 07, 2006

the birth of the flower

for the last five months
the brick has been trying to fall
already cracked a finger and a toe
now too scared to fall
for broken bones
are bound to hurt

yet everyday
the brick tried
only to come back home
in peices
with a shatterred
sense of confidence

today
the brick rolled
in a full circle
and landed softly

today
the brick is
reborn
as the flower!

(my experiences in learning the forward roll in aikido)

13 Comments:

Blogger The Beast said...

Wishing good luck for such a precious flower :-)

9:23 AM, August 07, 2006  
Blogger Matt Kohai said...

Hey, Anu.

Congrats on your success with the forward roll. For me, it came pretty easily, since I did something like it as a kid (and on bare earth, not soft mats!), but some of my fellow aikidoka have a hard time with learning forward rolls. Break falls are hard, too - I still can't do them right just yet.

11:22 AM, August 07, 2006  
Blogger Pierre Turlur said...

Dear Anu,

OK, you want to learn Aikido...

Please, dear Anu, just a simple suggestion: One cannot roll forward. It is impossible. The way is just to allow the whole universe to roll forward. Then...it takes place. Trying, struggling, pushing won't do.

People may ask: Why? The answer is simple and to be found in Zen practice as well as all genuine human activity: one never leaves home, we are always home, in the same place, same spot. The idea of movement is an illusin that comes from a distorted perception of the danse of time and space. We are bigger than "I" and the true body is the body of all things. To roll forward and be reborn as a flower requires relinquishing ideas of this and that, I and others, mine and yours...

And...Don't try! IT DOES NOT WORK! the secret of master Usheiba, his laughter and ease, are to be found only in this: The center colmes from from the periphery, we are just one with this. Succeeding or failing, it doen't matter. The fun is to live and sometimes allow this wonderful life to flow and fall out-in-for us.

A last suggestion: dying is great. As well as being born. Living too. In fact those three are called: Forward falls.


Love

Stupid Kuma

11:34 AM, August 07, 2006  
Blogger anu said...

Thank you Beast.

Thanks Matt. I hope I can do it right the second time LOL! What are break falls?

Pierre, what a lovely comment. Thank you. Incidently, I did it right when I was not even thinking of it and when I cared not whether or not I'll do it right.

10:49 PM, August 07, 2006  
Blogger MikeDoe said...

Anu;

"Incidently, I did it right when I was not even thinking of it and when I cared not whether or not I'll do it right. "

That is the only way that it can be done right.

11:26 PM, August 07, 2006  
Blogger scruffysmileyface said...

Anu,
All of the different rolls and falls in aikido can be intimidating.

There's no secret to it. Just keep going to class, and practicing, and keep learning and working on your aikido. Never stop, never give up, and some day you will be the best aikidoka anywhere.

Also, it's better to have difficulty with a technique (including the rolls and falls) than to get it right the first time. If it doesn't come easy, then you will have to work at it, which means that yours will be better in the long run.

~scruff

12:50 AM, August 08, 2006  
Blogger anu said...

Mike: Oh, how wonderful to see you again :) Where have you been? I'm just really glad to see you :)Hugs

You said it, Scruff. I love your last line and I'm going to remember that for the rest of my life.

8:25 AM, August 08, 2006  
Blogger MikeDoe said...

anu:
Still here, never left, just quiet.

5:09 PM, August 08, 2006  
Blogger anu said...

Glad to hear thesea few words from the silent monk ;)

8:26 PM, August 08, 2006  
Blogger Matt Kohai said...

A break fall is where you start what appears to be a roll, but then you slap the mat hard with the outer hand and leg to dispel the rest of your energy and momentum - in essence, breaking the roll, breaking your momentum.

It's slightly higher level technique, not something an entry-level student generally knows until they've been around a little while. I'm still not entirely there yet - takes some coordination.

12:32 PM, August 09, 2006  
Blogger Steve said...

Anu,
He said yes... :)
Get a hold of me for more details, honey.

8:10 AM, August 10, 2006  
Blogger anu said...

Wow, thanks Steve. I'll mail you.

8:27 AM, August 10, 2006  
Blogger anu said...

Wow thanks Matt, I dont know if i've done a break fall yet. I'm sure it takes a lot of skill and coordination.

8:33 AM, August 10, 2006  

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