Getting Back to Aikido After 10 Years Gone – OHS083

I think it was almost 10 years ago I closed my martial art Aikido school here in Boise, Idaho. It has also been about that long since I have done any deep and consistent practice or training. After 10 years of living in my dojo and training everyday, not training was a much different experience. This past six months I have been practicing Aikido again on a committed and regular basis. This feels very good because I miss training in the martial arts.

Two week ago I was taking my mother on a vacation to the Hawaiian Island of Kauai. Before I left I recalled how much Aikido there is on the islands of Hawaii. I knew I wanted to train while I was there. I emailed an Aikido dojo about three miles from where I was staying. They were having a seminar the week I was there and invited me to attend. I had such an excellent time training. As I was speaking with the other students I had mentioned I had not really trained in about 10 years and was making a “come back.” One women expressed her excitement and happiness for me to get back to training. She said, “it is typically very difficult to get back to Aikido after being away for so long.” This podcast is shares my contemplations regarding her statement and about my getting reconnected with something I truly enjoy practicing, expressing, and living in life… The martial art of Aikido.

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Show Notes:

  • Doing some Aikido on the Hawaiian island of Kauai.
  • What a student said that really got me to think about my last 10 years of not practicing Aikido.
  • Ten years of living in my martial Art school and doing Aikido every day.
  • Not doing Aikido for the last 10 years.
  • What it takes to reconnect with something I love to do and miss so much… Aikido.


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