B, B S., gone!

The “blue belt slump or BBS as the title indicates is not physical at all, it’s mental. I’ll explain it this way: I watched the U.S. Open golf tournament yesterday and it all fell into place. Rocco Mediate who finished his 72 holes first and was on his way to becoming the first player over the top 100 (158th) listed to win this tourney and also the oldest at 45 years old. He was one shot under Tiger Woods and Tiger hit his shot into the rough grass. Tiger had to make a twelve foot putt to send this tournament into a playoff. After Tiger made the shot one of the sports writers commented to Mediate that he must have been wishing for Tiger to miss. Mediate refused to go down to that level. He said that he never wishes for something like that, that he played the best he could and Tiger did the same thing. This may seem like a small thing but Rocco Mediate demonstrated by his statement that he is a giant of a man. And true manhood is in short supply.
What does all this talk of golf have to do with Aikido or the blue belt slump? Just this, it’s all about attitude. Winning at all “costs” in everything is not the solution. Simply do the best you can! In applying Aikido principles to your technique remember that the height of mastery is to protect yourself AND your uke, be he in the dojo or on the street. At the very highest levels it is not physical.

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  1. Great job here. I really liked what you had to say. Keep going because you definitely bring a new voice to this subject. Not many folks would say what youve said and still make it interesting. Well, at least Im interested. Cant wait to see more of this from you.

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