Mary Heiny, Aikido Instructor
Dear Aikido Friends and Family,
As many know by now I am going to have a hip revision surgery on my left hip. In 2008, thanks to the generosity and caring of so many I was able to get the hip replacement surgery that I was needing so greatly. At that time my surgeon and I both thought that the metal on metal replacement would give me the strongest and most lasting of implants allowing me to continue to teach Aikido for many years. Unfortunately we now know that 25 to 30% of people who had such surgeries will have muscle damage from the metal particles released by the implant and I am in that group. I feel very badly that what we thought was so good and worked hard to achieve, turned out to be a problem.
In the Heart of Aikido, John Stevens says that Takemusu Aiki was a code word for Osensei meaning “the boldest, most creative life possible.” I have never thought of myself as bold or creative, just obsessed with Aikido. I have experienced its power to heal my life and to contribute to everyone’s life. I am dedicated to exploring Osensei’s vision of the world as one family and how our Aikido training moves us towards that vision. I believe this is my year to try to do Takemusu Aiki. I am using it as a theme in seminars and classes and it is my theme as I face loosing an unknown amount of muscle in the upcoming surgery.
An 80 year old man was one of the first people to help me at Hombu Dojo in Tokyo when I started my training in 1968. When I asked him what is Aikido? He said that is was to do the right thing at the right time. I will try to do that with my best effort this year on and off the mat.
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My first DVD since 1995 is titled The Purpose of Aikido. It is 60 minutes and explores the teaching of O'Sensei that aikido is meant to help us grow in five areas. Click here for more information.