“The journey of a thousand miles

begins with a single step.”

– Lao Tzu

INTRODUCING : Diary of a Zoomi-deshi’s 24 WEEK

AIKIDO ONLINE Daily TraIning Experience

by Sarina.

New Year, old lockdown… back to home schooling. Great news for me as I share childcare – and this time round we’re doing alternate weeks. But home schooling? Never will be my choice of career! I’d do it joyfully for a few hours/day, then my interest wanes after the second hour and hunting for odd socks suddenly become a fascinating activity to engage in. But like all parents with school age kids, there’s very little chance of worming my way out of it until – ta da – I thought of some New Year’s resolution!

I had this great idea (this does happen sometimes)…

I will knock THREE birds out with one stone for 2021!

First – I will not make any resolution about NOT procrastinating anymore. On the contrary, I WILL procrastinate.

Second – I will procrastinate the home schooling until after the morning classes end at 8am GMT. And as an added incentive to procrastinate, I might as well commit to this fancy 24 week challenge that Michael’s come up with.


Third – I really want others to benefit from my commitment to attending every class and workshop during the 24 week challenge (and if I miss them, I’ll do the replay, I promise!) – so I will also fundraise for Epilepsy Action UK, a UK based charity that supports those affected with epilepsy.

Personal story here – my 8 year old son Daniel was diagnosed with a rare form of epilepsy when he was 2, and Epilepsy Action UK indirectly helped us with loads of information and support for the 4+ years that he was under the care of the most amazing paediatrician and epilepsy nurse at our local hospital. He’s been discharged from their care, and takes absolute joy in being the most annoying creature to his older sisters.

So – there we go! That’s my New Year’s resolution. Doesn’t sound too bad does it? Oh and plus, Michael’s kindly given me some space on the website to blog about my 24 week journey, and continue to canvas support to raise funds for Epilepsy Action UK.

Watch this space!

Epilepsy Action is a charity that improves the lives of everyone affected by epilepsy. We give advice, improve healthcare, fund research and campaign for change.


🔥 About the Takemusu Aikido Online Dojo We are a dedicated group of aikido enthusiasts training in the Takemusu Aikido line. The philosophy of the Online Dojo is to create a space where we can share our practice wherever, whatever the current circumstances. It is an opportunity to go deeply into a modern embodiment practice, rooted in the Japanese Martial Tradition and Culture. Whilst the training is serious and demanding, it is always carried out in a playful and joyful manner, designed to engage and challenge the beginner and seasoned practitioner of all levels. 

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