Yesterday afternoon I had my annual checkup. The only number on my chart my doctor said he didn’t like was “2000,” which was the date of my last tetanus shot. So, a nurse gave me one (good job, by the way – I barely felt it), and warned me it would hurt tomorrow.
Instead, it started to hurt about 10 minutes into aikido last night. I didn’t let it stop me, although I did a few fewer rolls than the others. What was interesting was when we started practicing technique, I was forced to not use my shoulder muscles to lift, or I felt some serious pain. It definitely gave me some extra guidance when we practiced tenkan and shihonage.
Everyone should practice aikido with a tetanus shot at least once.
But maybe not more than once…
This weekend I attended an Aikido seminar with William Gleason Sensei at Shobu Aikido of the Berkshires. While it would be somewhat pointless to discuss much of the subject matter in this forum, it is sufficient to say that training with Gleason Sensei is, at the very least, awesome. His grasp of Aikido is unique among anyone with whom I’ve trained, and I highly recommend any aikidoka who have the opportunity to train with him do so.
On April 26, 1969, Morihei Ueshiba, best known as the Founder of Aikido and referred to by aikidoka as ?sensei (“Great Teacher”) and , died at the age of 85. ?sensei’s legacy lives on today, as Aikido is practiced around the world, with his students and their students continuing to hand down his teachings.