Blue Heron Aikido

Middlebury, Vermont

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Student Responsibilities

This section addresses some of the fundamental responsibilities of being a student of Aikido at Blue Heron. In the dojo we have a unique environment, therefore, we have focused this section on some important aspects of what it means to be an active, conscientious student. We encourage all community members to enhance their personal practice by engaging in the process of maintaining a respectful and clean dojo.

“Aikido is the way of nonresistance and is therefore undefeatable from the start.”

Morihei Ueshiba O Sensei


We train ourselves to develop a spirit of cooperation, open heart and humility. In order to maintain an atmosphere conducive to such effort we must attend to the cleanliness of the dojo itself. The daily attentiveness directed at the dojo complements our training by encouraging a quiet sensitivity to our surroundings and fostering an attitude where each person, seeing that something needs to be done, simply does it. In this way nothing is left undone, either in the dojo, or in our daily lives.

We organize dojo misogi in this way: some tasks are the long-term responsibility of the chief instructor and teaching staff; other tasks are rotated among the active members of the dojo. There are sign up sheets for a variety of misogi tasks. Please look them over and contribute in whatever way you can. The following is an outline of what is expected according to rank. This is a general guideline.

All levels, including white and blue belts: sweep mat and sign up for monthly misogi tasks (see list posted on the wall next to the weapons cabinet) Blue & brown belts: help introduce new students to misogi, help students sign up for longer term misogi.

“Misogi removes the outer layer, takes off the cover, scrapes off the dust. If your eyes are closed, you can’t see the light. If you are wearing gloves, you can’t feel the earth. Misogi cleanses and refines; it opens the eyes and peels off the gloves.”

Mitsugi Saotome Sensei

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