WHY DO YOU STUDY AT THREE RIVERS AIKIDO?
Aikido started for me for several reasons, such as not having to rely on deadly weapons to defend myself, wanting a way to focus my body and its energy, and wanting to learn the philosophy behind Aikido, one that I've become more interested in beginning with a new interest in meditation and yoga.
Aikido was exactly the martial art I had in mind for my daughters, when the oldest indicated her interest as we drove past the dojo for pizza, since it helps them in all three areas of growth that I wish for them; knowing themselves, respecting themselves and protecting themselves. Personally, it prepares me to accept death (with a smile).
If I never trained again, I would miss the comraderie of training with such friendly people. I would miss the sense of physical and psychological self-control I have developed as a result of my training. And I would miss the opportunity to pass this way on to others, especially the aiki-kids. Three Rivers Aikido combines the three most important elements of the martial arts: self-defense, cultivation and refinement of self through an art form, and the preservation of traditional cultural values (respect, dignity, responsibility).
I'm looking for self-mastery and the physical discipline of martial arts help that. I've been a martial artist for a long time and I wished to enhance my knowledge of throws, pins, joint manipulations, and multiple attacker scenarios, so I chose Aikido. I also liked the philosophy of Aikido that seeks to use techniques that are less than lethal. TRA teaches Aikido as a martial art. Okinawan Karate master Choki Motobu said "There's nothing worse in the world than a martial art that can not be used in self-defense". I agree with this sentiment. Finally, I enjoy the people who I train with at TRA.
Training at the dojo allows me to fully unleash this abundance of energy I have while also learning how to focus and hone it. My father has trained in judo for a long time, so I thought I could try a martial art. After my first class at TRA, I was hooked.
But in all seriousness for all of the thousands of reason's why not to train, it only takes one good one to train.
I train to become stronger and to remain strong enough to carry the burden of protecting those I care about, to sharpen my mind and and body and keep both at ease, and I have chosen Aikido because I wanted an art that would emphasize self defense, not just for those I'm defending, but for those I'm defending against. Aikido is unique in that at it's root, it carries a human compassion so strong, that high level practitioners of the art are not only able to protect themselves, but those that attack them. This is the ultimate goal.
I don't know that I really "chose" Three Rivers, if I remember correctly I stumbled upon it and found it out of mere coincidence, but since becoming a student, in the years I've trained in Tenshin Aikido, I've found that it compliments the other arts I've had past exposure to quite well.
I chose the martial art of Aikido because I saw Steven Seagal move people with simplicity, and TRA was a direct link to him and Hombu dojo.
After observing my daughters and helping them study the teachings of O-Sensei for several months during the beginings of their training, coupled with a long-standing desire to learn a martial art myself, I was no longer able to sit on the sidelines during their lessons and felt compeled to train in order to find a sense of balance, discipline and budo.
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