Or maybe it’s just practice. If it is, then I think I understand. You see, there is really only one thing about John you need to know. He’s always training. Always.
He told me this story once. I was having a bad day, about something trivial, and was dealing with it as I always do. Badly.
He took me aside, and told me something I remember to this day: “Jerry, it’s all crashing waves.”
“The anger you feel right now? The anger that’s keeping you from training? It’s just a wave, crashing on the shore.”
It’s just a wave, he told me, rising slowly on the surf, rising until it wavers, until it topples and recedes, slowly, inevitably, away.
Of course there’s more to it than that.
You may not know this, and John certainly didn’t advertise it, but he is deeply involved in transcendental meditation. It’s why he would disappear sometimes, for a week or two out West. He wasn’t going to Vegas. He was meditating.
And this is what I mean when I say that John is always training. Not just Aikido, or only Aikido. John has bigger fish to fry.
You know, now that I look back, I really don’t think it was a parlor trick at all…
We’re going to miss you, John. Please keep in touch.