Keen to learn from cross-cultural domains, I met Sensei Bernie Ho, who invited me to join his Dojo, Makoto Aikido, in July 2011.
My intention was simply to want to 'try out' Aikido. With no background in martial arts or even active sports until then, I had little faith in myself and imagined the experience/exposure to last, at the most, for 6 months!
Today, I am 6 years into the practice and invite friends and fellow-travellers to join Makoto Aikido - a surprising inspiring community for me in Singapore.
Makoto Aikdio - This is where I learn the tenets and basics of the philosophy through casual conversations with multiple practitioners, whose motivation and depth in their personal practices, leave me in awe.
Makoto Aikido - This is where I learn the practical elements of Aikido martial arts from Sensei Bernie Ho, who has been welcoming, understanding, encouraging, appreciating my strengths and giving me critical feedback on my blind spots. His practice and resilience as the teacher, connector and community-builder in the Aikido world, is heart-felt.
Makoto Aikido - This is where I learn the discovery process of harmony with my fellow-practice-mates, as young as 5 years old and as old as 65 years old, leveraging on each other's practice and growing confident, individually and collectively. This is where indeed the Mission, Vision and Values are aligned and tangible at every event/class under the guidance of Sensei.
Thank you Makoto Aikido. A Bow to your essence.
Organisational Learning Facilitator, Executive Coach & Author