“Silent Pioneer: Shuji Maruyama Sensei, Kokikai Founder” by Gaku Homma

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Shuji Maruyama Sensei was on his way once again, this time to Seattle. We drove to the airport in the early morning light. The car was silent as he looked out the window, studying the passing scenery. Softly, almost to himself, he spoke. ‘The best thing about Denver is the clouds. Like that cloud over there. Look at it. It has the freedom to move, to change shape, to drift freely through the sky. That one looks like a dragon. It looks like it is alive. It has infinite freedom, freedom to move.’

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  1. …worth reading. among the tidbits – the presence of punching bags in an aikido school. was very happy for them when teaching in the hapkido school.

  2. fyi… speaking from experience: if you want to cross an ocean fairly quickly, you prepare in advance to repel barnacles and other sea growth. they won’t sink you but if tolerated make your passage very slow.

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