“hen I started training in Aikido in 1981, I simply wanted to study a martial art and had decided that Aikido would be that art because of its philosophy of peace. While many other martial arts can be pursued with this intent, I thought it was significant that O’Sensei made peace and harmony such an essential element of his art that harmony is the first kanji in the name.
As I began training, I had no thought about tests or belts; training and studying were all I needed. Certainly I never thought about when I’d become a black belt. Black belts were people who “knew everything” about a martial art,and that circumstance had to be far in the future for me, if ever. And above all, I never considered that I would be asked to lead a class.”
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