Dead Sprint

You think you’re through

You think you’re done

Stop kidding yourself

You haven’t begun.

 

This is but the start

Of a marathon

You thought sitting was hard

Now try to carry on.

 

It’s a long run

And a flat out sprint

Duck your head

As you charge the wind.

 

One more step…

A race is only strides

One step right after the last though

Your lungs are burning inside.

 

So keep on running

Carry on and don’t quit

Duck your head down low

And charge into the wind.

 

Your head is pounding

In sync with your feet

Just keep running

Don’t give up or admit defeat.

 

Life isn’t a ray of sunshine

Beaming over a daisy field

It’s more like a marathon

Run with blinders and all uphill.

Just Relax and Breathe

Rippled WaterSo many times, upon telling someone that I am a a student of the martial art Aikido Kokikai, I receive only a blank and blinking stare. I don’t blame them, not many people know what Aikido Kokikai is, or even Aikido for that matter. Only two years ago, I would have given the same blank stare. I have been a student of Aikido Kokikai for about a year and a half, and I still struggle with how to describe the martial art. Usually, I end up saying that it’s a combination of Judo and Yoga… but different.  If I had to distill Aikido Kokikai down to its most basic definition, it would probably go something like this:

 

Silence

Calm

Stillness in the air;

Breathing

Slow

Leave behind your cares.

 

Empty

Mind

Ready to receive;

Relax

Wait

Close your eyes and see.

 

Seiza

Kneel

Hands resting with ease;

Shoulders

Square

Solid as a tree.

 

Listen

Watch

Little things perceive;

Attack

Swift

Passes like a breeze.

 

Center

Stayed

Keep your balance sure;

Divert

Blend

Soul’s water a mirror.

 

Ready

Poised

No startled surprise;

Expect

Act

Simply step aside.