… But you are NOT alone. ‘๐‘†๐‘œ๐‘™๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘ข๐‘‘๐‘’ ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘’ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘‘ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘–๐‘›๐‘” ๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘’ ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘œ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’๐‘Ÿ. ๐‘†๐‘œ๐‘™๐‘–๐‘ก๐‘ข๐‘‘๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘› ๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘–๐‘ ๐‘œ๐‘™๐‘Ž๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘œ๐‘›, ๐‘Ž๐‘› ๐‘’๐‘ ๐‘๐‘Ž๐‘๐‘’, ๐‘Ž๐‘› ๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘ค๐‘Ž๐‘›๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘‘ ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘›๐‘”; ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘ก ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘Ž๐‘™๐‘œ๐‘›๐‘’ ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘ก ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘๐‘ข๐‘Ÿ๐‘‘๐‘’๐‘› ๐‘œ๐‘“ ๐‘™๐‘–๐‘“๐‘’, ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘กโ„Ž ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘ก ๐‘ข๐‘ก๐‘ก๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘“๐‘Ÿ๐‘’๐‘’๐‘‘๐‘œ๐‘š ๐‘–๐‘› ๐‘คโ„Ž๐‘–๐‘โ„Ž ๐‘ก๐‘–๐‘š๐‘’/๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘œ๐‘ข๐‘”โ„Ž๐‘ก โ„Ž๐‘Ž๐‘  ๐‘›๐‘’๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ ๐‘๐‘’๐‘’๐‘›, ๐‘–๐‘  ๐‘ก๐‘œ ๐‘๐‘’ ๐‘ค๐‘–๐‘กโ„Ž ๐‘กโ„Ž๐‘’ ๐‘ข๐‘›๐‘–๐‘ฃ๐‘’๐‘Ÿ๐‘ ๐‘’.’ – Krishnamurti ๐—™๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ป๐—ฒ๐˜…๐˜ ๐˜๐˜„๐—ผContinue reading “YOU STAND ALONE…”


Lockdowns and Isolation are tough – really bloody tough! Albert Einstein said, โ€œ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ ๐˜ค๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ด, ๐˜ญ๐˜ช๐˜ฆ๐˜ด ๐˜จ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜บ.โ€ It’s become a bit overused and maybe we are tired of hearing it, but it’s true all the same. As we head into 2021 and further into the ongoing pandemic, it’s more important thanContinue reading “You Are NOT Alone – AIKIDO ONLINE”


Takemusu Aikido Online Workshop โญ• SUNDAY / 03 JANUARY 2021 The first Online Workshop of the New Year, will focus on exploring the three C’s – being Centred, Connected and Calm. The first session will look at the principle of Centering: beginning with a full body loosening routine, and working on locating the true centreContinue reading “KEEP CENTRED, CONNECTED, CALM AND CARRY ON…”

โ€œThe Dexterous Butcherโ€ – Zen Stories #2

Cook Ting was cutting up an ox for Lord Wen-hui. As every touch of his hand, every heave of his shoulder, every move of his feet, every thrust of his knee โ€” zip! zoop! He slithered the knife along with a zing, and all was in perfect rhythm, as though he were performing the danceContinue reading “โ€œThe Dexterous Butcherโ€ – Zen Stories #2”

Count From ONE to ZEN…

THE BREATH-COUNTING EXERCISE This text is an excerpt from the book The Secret Book of Zen. More info here: The 1st Phase… The 1st Phase of Zen practice begins with the practice of counting the breath. You have meanwhile learned to sit properly and perfectly in the zazen posture. However, sitting in the zazen postureContinue reading “Count From ONE to ZEN…”

If you meet Buddha on the road… ZEN KOANS #1

The Zen Master warns: ‘If you meet the Buddha on the road, kill him!’ This admonition points up that no meaning that comes from outside of ourselves is real. The Buddhahood of each of us has already been obtained. We need only recognize it. Philosophy, religion, patriotism, all are empty idols. The only meaning inContinue reading “If you meet Buddha on the road… ZEN KOANS #1”