Days like these really make you realize that your ego is sometimes your worst enemy in your training.
Now I never mentioned that I was “great” or even “good” for my rank. However, I felt that in some ways my “I” (as what my Sensei calls the ego is called in Aikido) really, really had a good lesson in humility tonight. Just now I’m realizing that just like how Sensei/Sifus out there have their ways of weeding out macho know-it-all newbie students, they have their ways of keeping their students’ “I” (egos) in check.
It is a constant and never-ending obstacle. Because at the end of the day, it is not “you” who does the movement/technique/art, it is “it” – the “system”.
True Victory is Victory over the Self/”I”
Note: The picture is the Japanese Kanji for the above quote. The translation is also the same in Chinese (most Kanji have kept their meanings from the Chinese language)
Good night ladies and gents, and till next time!