Apr. 16th, 2013

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Many years ago, after I moved back to Perth after spending a year in Sydney, I came to train with Kaneda, and discovered that during my absence, he had formed Rebel and re-formed the mugairyu training group. I was happy to be training again - martial arts has always been a core part of me, and training with Kaneda in particular, has shaped me into the person I am today. I do so sorely miss it when I am apart.

I returned, and every time I came to training, Andy, oh so happy Andy, would always fling his arms into the air and run over to me, greeting me with enthusiasm and a joyous, "JP-san!" I cannot express just how much good that did for my self esteem. He gave me these words - "outlandish and ridiculous hand waves". I cannot think of these words without recalling his exuberance and the joy it brought me back then, and still does now.

The start of this project.
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Iain is another friend who I met through Rebel. He is a friend who inspires just through his mere existence.

Shame is for other people. "Dance like nobody's watching" were his words for me to work with.

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I got busy in the weeks just before I went to Perth. 5 pieces of calligraphy were done. Of course my friends are inspirational :)

Melody is one of the few people who I will be doing something for who did not explicitly ask for something. She is a fellow student with me in mugairyu and there have been some fairly stressful events in her recent life. I gave her the following as I know just how much mugai means to her, and how it helps her cope.

mugairyu and the 7 tenets of Bushido

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[personal profile] velithya simply asked for something Mugairyu related.

I chose the poem that the name "mugairyu" comes from.

"There is nothing other than the One True Way
Heaven and Earth profit from this single Virtue
The fluttering feather knows this secret
To be settled during confusion is to be enlightened and pure"


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