Our Creative Works webpage is dedicated to our imaginative students at BigRock Aikikai. By harnessing their love and passion for Aikido, these students have created wonderful works of art, inspired by their time at the dojo. We are so happy to teach and support these students, and we encourage anyone practising at BigRock Aikikai to contribute a Creative Work to our webpage!
They say that feeling, that churning, gut-feeling,
Those ‘butterflies in your stomach’ - they’re normal
But it doesn’t feel normal, I think I’ll throw up
And with that, I’m called to the front
Truly, I tried to muster my courage
Swallow back my illogical fear
But with my palms all sweaty, all numb, and my heart -
Racing and pounding, each pulse in my ears -
And my legs jellified and my thoughts now a mush -
And my throat closing up and -
The world… turning… black…
I can’t do this
I’m not ready
But I have to be brave and try
I bow to the dojo, my teachers, and attackers.
Techniques are called and we begin
Harnessing my core as flow through the moves
Converting my motions to power
Somehow, I manage to push myself on
Completing technique saves and chokeholds
Fear loses its grasp as I huff and I sweat
Muscle memory just takes control
I’m nearing halfway, my breathing grows fast
Attackers hold small, wooden blades
Knife defences are hard, and as they strike and thrust
Don’t hesitate to block and disarm
When I’m on free techniques, I start feeling faint
I’m wheezing, sweat glazes my brow
My body is now just a programmed machine
But it's crashing, it might just shut down
Now random attacks, my limbs are so heavy
My willpower strains to persist
Now multi-attacker techniques will commence
I’m so close - so close to the end!
Three different attackers, all charging at once
I struggle to defend their quick strikes
Now to steal their centre, toss them to the mat
Safety first, take their balance, then throw
“Good!” Sensei calls. My heart skips a beat
Am I done? Did I finish the test?
The final technique I complete with a grin
It’s over! And now I can rest
My friends fall on top of me, laughter and hugs
My family cheers from their seats
All my instructors share with me their thoughts
“Your test was so great! I’m amazed!”
Looking back at that day, I can help but smile
Not just in light of my success
Not even because all my training paid off
But because, in the end, I was wrong.
All along, I could do it, I was ready.
And because I was brave and I tried
My belt’s now adorned a ruby red stripe
Intermediate black belt at last!
By Cassie Chan
Aikido is a form of martial arts
It works you from the heart
You know how you feel bored all day?
Well doing aikido makes you say "hooray!"
Defending yourself by using unique techniques and using the flow
Aikido makes you so happy you want to glow
Sometimes you have a lot of stress - you feel like a mess
Do Aikido and feel your stress fly away - do aikido any day
In aikido you make such good friends
Together forever ”˜til the end
Aikido is hard, challenging too
Just keep moving!
Who knew aikido could be so fun?
By Desiree Hutchinson