My earliest memory of Aikido came from, of all places, Sesame Street. There was a very short video clip of an aikido demonstration performed by two kids. I was already mesmerized by the miracles of the television. This little video stayed engrained in me.
So, here I am many, many years later. I’ve grown to adulthood and have a family of my own. What do I run into but Aikido. What a blessing it has been! Don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a pretty start. My very first attempt at Aikido was terrible. I entered the dojo and went to a few classes. Things just didn’t go right at first. I couldn’t do rolls without getting very dizzy. I became so ill that I could not continue my aikido training at that time.
A few years later, I ran into a cousin, who was studying Aikido as well. This peeked my interest once again, so much so that when I got home I looked up the local Aikido Dojo and signed up.
I feel very lucky to have met the instructors of this dojo (Southern Maryland Aikido Center). They are the nicest couple. Yes, they are a husband and wife team of Aikido Instructors. They made all my past Aikido issues go away; leaving only the pure joy of Aikido. Donna and Darrell are teaching us (my fellow Aikido students and me) the beauty and power of Aikido. They are the best of examples for our young dojo. The future of Aikido in our little part of the world is safe.
So, as I was saying I’m very new to Aikido. I attend Aikido classes almost every day the dojo is open. I’ve also been able to attend some of the local seminars. Aikido makes me feel great inside. I have a yearning to learn more as I progress. I see the beauty of Aikido; the graceful movements of uke and nage blending.
I thank O-Sensei for sharing his creation with us. He has changed countless lives and now my life can be added to that list as well.
Domo arigato gozaimasu, O-Sensei.
Rey N. Robles
Southern Maryland Aikido Center