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Wilkinson Sensei
Houston, Texas, USA
After a lifetime of thinking about it I've finally become a Zen-Objectivist; Zen for the intuitive side, and Objectivism for the logical side.
Interests: philosophy ... throwing people around on the mat ... decent science fiction (tough to find since Muadib' got himself lost in the desert) ... jazz music (lite & upbeat with some classic hard bop & fusion) ... dedicated life-long martial artists & Aikido players who prefer the right way over the wrong way or the easy way ... really smooth frozen luxury vodka ... getting lost in kata and humming out loud in the middle of a fast, sweaty randori session ... good cask-strength scotch that flows over the tongue like sexy peat flavored oil ... full bodied cigars (preferably torpedoes since a torpedo roller is considered the most skilled) ... sushi (of course!) but only if it's really fresh ... really good men's perfume strength cologne made the old fashioned way with ambergris (gives it interesting character) that causes strange women ask me what I'm wearing ... watching my kids and grand kids discover life and how uniquely different their parental genetics are (if you were a kid would you want your mom and dad to be a pair of precision minded perfectionist professional level executives, zennists and avid libertarian-objectivist acolytes of Ayn Rand who rarely take no for an answer and who would rather lose a client or even a friend if keeping them meant compromising honesty and ethics?
Recent Activity
A Samurai saying was that there are three kinds of people. The first is the person (deshi) who understands the purpose of his teacher’s teachings and functions well within that limited scope. However, he does not have many original or creative teaching ideas of his own and does not practice much. He can become a teacher of students but not a true leader or master of the art. Continue reading
Posted May 11, 2022 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
Well for one, they work with each other in training, learning, and preserving physical (and philosophical) knowledge that can be centuries old. They look out for each other, teach each other, learn from each other, and while doing so pledge to “pay it forward”. So, should we refer to ourselves as “Bushido Elites”? And if so, what makes us different? Continue reading
Posted May 3, 2022 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
Teaching, guiding, creating “good learning” environments means taking the time to carefully observe, analyze, and then give commentary that should result in improvement; this, remembering that improving the basic fundamentals (you know, the “beginner stuff”) really is advanced work. Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2022 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
I had to way step back and look at those two sets of comments; both of which made me realize that one, I wasn’t nearly as good at anything as I thought I was and two, I basically didn’t know what I was talking about. It was likely the first time as an adult fresh out of university that I had been spoken to like I was eight years old. Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2022 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
There are a million (well, maybe not literally) reasons as to why someone looks to Aikido to answer questions that maybe they still don’t know they have but that apparently need answers. Continue reading
Posted Mar 30, 2022 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
This is eidetic memory, or the ability to vividly recall someone seen possible only once. Continue reading
Posted Feb 27, 2022 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
The world turns, times change, nothing stays the same, 2 steps forward and 3 steps back, and turn in circles. Sometimes change is not progress and certainly not for the better. Continue reading
Posted Dec 15, 2021 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
The idea that by learning any martial art and eventually reaching senior rank somehow enables the Bushi to simply ignore the specific how’s and why’s of what they learned and how they now train is an error in thought caused by an over-familiarity with some or most of the ryu’s curriculum (but not all). In other words, they know part of the total system very well indeed, part of the system a little bit, and the rest …. well ….. somewhere between not at all and “I did it one time 5 years ago”. Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2021 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
Every rank presents issues that must be dealt with. These issues largely come from having to overcome natural human tendencies. Those tendencies may change based upon the rank attained and currently held due to growing maturity, greater in-depth understanding of the principles, increasing experience in working with kohai (junior ranks) and learning from sempai (senior ranks), more time training in a keiko attitude (having deep consideration for what is being done while doing it), higher levels of performance (naturally resulting in the granting of that higher rank), and the understanding of etiquette towards others. Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2021 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
One of our senior players once had a conversation with another Yudansha and basically told him that he should not get in a fight with anyone as the outcome might not be to his advantage as-in he would likely get his butt kicked. As related, the conversation went on to describe the three primary responses to a threat that suddenly occurs with those three responses not being the more normally cited “Fight or Flight” but instead, “Fight, Flight, or Freeze”. Continue reading
Posted Feb 26, 2021 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
Kagami Biraki. Mirror Opening. What is that? Renewal? Re-dedication? Rising Spirit? Fresh beginnings? Change of course toward new horizons? Continue reading
Posted Jan 31, 2021 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
Lately there have been more than a few commentaries floated around out there that speak to the changes in the Zen community and how current Western thought has corrupted the realization process including the learning and the finding of our true self; that realization being replaced by social and cultural ideas of the moment. Unfortunately for Budo, those changes have also impacted martial arts in much the same way. Continue reading
Posted Jan 8, 2021 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
If we consider that the original construct(s) are based on actual field (combat) experience that the first teacher of the ryu/system survived, and then additionally consider that subsequent teachers added teaching drills and forms over successive generations also based upon their field experiences or overall knowledge of martial arts acquired over their lifetime, then the system and the order of learning it has value and should be closely adhered to as it comes from a “proven” standpoint and not one of theory. Continue reading
Posted Sep 21, 2020 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
Incivility as generally noted in the workplace has been defined as low-intensity deviant behavior with ambiguous intent to harm the target. Continue reading
Posted Jul 24, 2020 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
Get to the mat and do some keiko with a little shugyo thrown in for good measure before the Murder Bees, Godzilla, flying sharks, zombie dwarves and elves, hungry orcs, another attack of The Cooties, or an alien invasion start. Continue reading
Posted Jul 23, 2020 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
“To acquire something you’ve never had before, you have to do something you’ve never done before” and the same holds true for both senior long-time players, and beginners. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2020 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
Life is not for wimps; or so they say. I believe that. I really do after the last couple of years. Aside from the normal politics, economic and jobs issues, international war and pandemic scares, there’s the other 500-pound gorilla... Continue reading
Posted Feb 10, 2020 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
At some point we simply must sit down and seriously think about who we are, why we are here, and where we are going. Doing so requires (for least a short time) pushing out of our minds all the superfluous garbage in our daily lives and allowing our “inner-selves” to speak to us, inform us, and guide us. Continue reading
Posted Jan 28, 2020 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
Today's comment is pretty short and is just a thought to consider, around which you may want to organize your new year. I found this quote in a newsletter sent to me but the source was not listed. I originally... Continue reading
Posted Jan 2, 2020 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
When you bow onto the mat the idea of self-deception is likely not the first thing that you think of. But once you sit long enough to be honest with yourself, it very well may be a part of your training that you may not even be aware of. Why do you train? Continue reading
Posted Dec 10, 2019 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
In most forms of Budo, this “free-style” training and ignoring Sensei is itself a dangerous form of disrespect. Sensei is working to keep training safe and by consciously disregarding Sensei (not respecting his directions) the student can do something dangerous that results in injury. In the end, reigisaho is simultaneously respect and an adjustment of our attitude and how we relate to and work with others as we train in controlled violence. Continue reading
Posted Oct 30, 2019 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
It’s Budo. It is not a sport. It is not a game. It is an activity where we practice the very serious art of controlled violence where mistakes have consequences and even the little things can often be critical, so everyone’s head must always be on straight. Continue reading
Posted Oct 14, 2019 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
Go Big or Go Home or so they say. After all the considerations we made in Part 1 and 2 (of this mini-series on opening and running a dojo) we finally found a way out of the “Y” and into our own space where we could have a dedicated space to train. Continue reading
Posted Sep 25, 2019 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
All of them had come to his organization and teachings via work of mouth, referrals, having met at Judo shiai, and attending week-long training clinics. Many/most did not have the time or financial commitment that he had put into his dojo which had a fully sprung floating floor with professional mats on top covered in white canvas that was about 2,500 sf in size with dressing rooms and showers so they did what they could the best way that they could in order to stay in Budo and actively train. Continue reading
Posted Sep 20, 2019 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
e asked the question of “How do I open my own dojo so that I can get back into teaching and training”. Continue reading
Posted Sep 19, 2019 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings