While warming up prior to a recent aikijutsu practice, Mr. Butz and I were discussing something—I don’t remember exactly what—but he mentioned “momentum” in the context of the dojo collectively and training individually. Ever since that evening, the concept of momentum has been stuck in my mind. I’ve thought about individual members of the dojo and instances in which their iron-clad intent to move forward, or the dissolution of their intent, made all the difference. And I’ve thought as well about the ongoing story of our dojo, how it’s survived one black swan event after another. Some events were just random bad luck while others were essentially attacks, evidently made with the hope of taking us down. The dojo is now in its 30th year of operation. Still here. And growing. With momentum.

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