This is an excellent description of how we approach our community at the dojo. We practice lots of martial techniques, but we only remember so much from each practice. We say a lot of things in our practice sessions, and our get-togethers at other times, but only so many of those words stick.
But here’s the thing I hear over and over from people who have visited Aikido’Ka: The dojo feels friendly, loving and kind. People who have never attended before feel welcome and safe. They have fun.
The way we train in aikido is as a real and effective martial way. I want my students to survive any serious attack. In fact, I consider that a sacred duty to instill those skills in them.
But the simple truth is, more than anything, I want you to feel that you can be yourself at the dojo. I want you to feel the dojo as a place of support for you, your family and our community.
That’s what the dojo’s about. That’s what we’re working on. If that feels good to you, then please stop by.