My Budo Anniversary Year

auf dem Gasshuku in Tirrena, 2017

A few days ago I realized that this year I can celebrate some midway anniversaries:

  • 25 years since I first set my foot on a mat in an Aikido dojo
  • at least 15 years of actively practicing Aikido in a total of 6 clubs in England, Germany and the Czech Republic (I count 4 different styles or schools. For over 10 years I’m following the one of Nishio Sensei.)
  • later this year it will be 10 years of Shinto Muso Ryu (Jodo)
  • a few short or superficial activities that I don’t mention in detail since I’m not doing them regularly or have abandoned them

Budo has certainly a lasting impact on my life. Not only does it keep me busy for a big part of my time. It also shapes the way how I view life and personal development.

I see one of the key benefits in a new understanding of learning that spans over an entire life. It is a continuous struggle without a “finish line”. And achievements are something very subtle and personal.