“I remember the afternoon I came into the dojo accompanied by a beautiful Italian woman who was also interested in Aikido and we sat on the bench at the end of the mat to watch. Yamada Sensei was away. Butch was teaching and came by frequently to answer any question the young lady might have. I was amazed by the students’ relationship with the mat and by the senior students’ calm demeanor while under attack! I remember thinking “How elegant! What a beautiful flow of energy. Ki in action!” The young lady never did take up Aikido, but I signed up that day and with great eagerness began my meditation with the aiki movements.”
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