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Saturday, May 22, was the day of the national Aikido event called All Japan Aikido Demonstration. I heard about it from my instructor of Aikido class and decided to go to see it. (In the past, I was either out of the country or had some other commitment and  was never able to go.)

It was held at Budokan and was a HUGE event! It was the 48th event. It started at 1:30 p.m., and I got there little before 4:00 p.m. to see the last part.  It was quite overwhelming to see so many people demonstrating various forms.

Towards the end, there were some senior teachers demonstrating.  One of them that has done so much to introduce Aikido overseas was in the 80s (according to my calculation), but he was incredible.

At the end, the master demonstrated several forms.  It was exciting to see him in person, as I have watched him on DVD.

I have been taking Aikido lessons over the past four years or so and have been very much hooked.  It requires total concentration, the movement is very natural and does not require power.  I heard that Aikido is the active? form of  ZAZEN.(Do not recall what exact word they used yesterday)   I still have a long way to go, but Aikido gives me the moment of concentration and of peace of mind.

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