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Previous Entry Someone asked Feb. 7th, 2008 @ 11:15 pm

What do I get out of my martial art (Ninjutsu)?  Interesting question.  Here’s what I’ve come up with so far.

Balance, mind, body and soul.  I know it’s a horrible cliché, but it’s true.  I’ve learned things about myself that I otherwise wouldn’t have ever even imagined.  And the esoteric side of the art even ties in with my heathen spiritual beliefs/practises.  Oh and being able to run down a muddy embankment in the dark is a nice bonus :P

My spatial awareness is fantastic (though not flawless).  I like being able to jog at night and know exactly where I am by the feel of what’s under my feet.  I like being able to walk into a club and move freely, even though the place is packed.

I’ve learned humility.  Alright, you can stop laughing now.  By humility I mean that I understand that there is always someone else out there that can beat me soundly in any given field.  Not just know it, I respect it, I acknowledge it and I do my best to be ready to learn form those that are my betters.

At the same time, I’ve learned to respect and value myself and my skills.  I’ve learned to be proud of abilities and not to short change myself.  

I train in a martial art that can kill people.  But I’m not about killing anyone.  I train because it’s a way to make myself better one so many levels.  In training, I’ve gained a kind of second family, and if anyone of them called for pizza or for help, I’d be there in a heartbeat.

The thing is, it’s not just a martial art.  It’s even more then a life style.  It’s a way of BEING.

That’s what I get out of it. 
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Date:February 9th, 2008 05:02 am (UTC)

So like say hello sometime!

Hi Erin,

So tell me what you have been up to? How are things going. Send me a message on Facebook or email.

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Date:March 10th, 2008 12:56 am (UTC)

Old friends

Hi! Just catching up on old friends. Tigger and Niamh and Chiska and I just had a little reunion at Intuitively Speaking.

Has Tigger found you yet?

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