There is a reason for the existence of this blog. Initially i wanted to write a book about Harry sensei, but i was apprehensive about how to go about doing it. the technicalities and trouble, and also the part where i usually fizzle out towards the end, i guess that is a problem many can relate to.
so when i talked to Steven about it, he suggested that i start a blog instead and see how that goes. And now that this blog has been going on for a while now and my confidence in writing seem to have improved. (more importantly, my ideas and opinions didn’t seem to draw the wrath of the public at large, which proves that i am still quite reasonably insane)
The idea of writing a book about Harry sensei has never left me. And recently it has in fact grown stronger. I feel that with his mroe than 40 years of Aikido practice in his belt, we can write a great deal about Aikido as seen through his eyes.
The idea is gaining ground in my mind also because having trained with him for more than 15 years, I’ve seen him and been there with him in his Aikido journey, as much as he has been with me in mine. so i think its time i pay homage to him. Paired this up with my academic qualifications, i should be up to the task to write a decent amount of insight about my sensei.
More selfishly, I think this endeavour will deepen my understanding of Aikido. the entire learning path will elevate to a whole new level, and i feel it will value add tremendously towards my Aikido experience.
It will remain selfish only if i keep this knowledge for myself, which was never my intention, what i learned about Harry sensei and write about, I will share with my Aikido friends, and of course anyone who is keen to know more about a 70 plus old white haired man, mingling with folks half his age, almost every evening in a specific spot in Singapore.