As most of my friends know, in the middle of August the Aikido club where I practice has started an exciting adventure in a new dojo in the center of Stavanger. We changed place mainly because the previous one was never a martial art club, despite the name, but more a sport and aerobic place, where most of sessions where musical ones.
In the last year also we had to face many times problem with people that forgot the meaning of the word respect: maybe they were practicing sport much more effective or funny than Aikido (for them!), but it is not a good habit to make fun of what other people do (especially when they were doing that during our practice, just on the side of the mats).. Furthermore, the sessions before and after us always where either longer or starting earlier and taking our place on the mats.. Discussing with trainers and people (where the majority are in their twenties) had no effect and brought no improvement. Also it seems that Aikido had been promised a dojo location for some time, but it never happened..
So when we got a good offer, we decided to move and we made all the steps very clear, even asking the owner of the previous boss if he wanted to find a dojo for us, so we could have remained in the sport center group. The answer was that they had no money to invest in a dojo, so we moved out.
I, personally, did not have any problem with the owner of the previous sport center. I quite liked him and his efforts, even being more on the commercial side. But that is his work. And I always supported his initiatives, for free, never taking advantage of being an instructor there.
Unfortunately he decided that I was the origin of all the decisions for the Aikido group, while even in the new place, I am not even considered by the new landlord!!! I am just a trainer.. nobody asked me anything before, nobody asks me anything now.. I am the technical adviser, the only thing I care at the end..
So, the previous owner has been contacting Aikido people trying to convince them to stay there, offering mysterious self defense courses taught by the other Aikido instructor (forgetting to mention this to him ).. but all the people practicing there Aikido moved, being interested only in Aikido..
And lately he said that..
..I just practice a spiritual Aikido, nothing close to any real effective self defense martial art forms..
Hilarious!!! A genius!!!
He meant this in the worst way, even if I work also on developing the “center of balance”.. the ki, individual energy.. but that was not his meaning!
The thought of these words did not make me angry.. it makes me laugh.. as all the people that heard that laughed! Especially people that ever practiced with me.. or watched my trainings.. Yes, he never did!! That is the level of respect I’m also talking about!
Something else makes me angry: I had nothing against the previous sport center boss, I did even suggest that place for practice to people when being asked.. and I never wanted that the move out resulted in a traumatic separation, since it was only based on the intention to practice good Aikido, both for me, the other instructor and our students.
And after all of this, since we made official we were moving, I have been treated like a shit, even not deserving anything close..
Now, I am pissed off!!
I hope your prayers will be granted: come and meet my atemi, 当て身, you genius!!!!
So, just a reminder:
The ONLY place in Stavanger where at the present time adult can practice AIKIDO with high-rank graded instructors (ranks officially recognized by Aikikai organization) is STAVANGER AIKIDO CLUB located in MMA dojo
…everything else written in other places is just words… and words do not make a martial art… Aiki(do) is a martial art and I try to practice it in this very form!
The Way of the Warrior is in practice