An old dream.
An Uchideshi is a live in student in a dojo, a disciple of a sensei and to me, a dream I thought I would never know. When I was 18 I found out about such a thing and that it was actually in my state, I applied and got accepted but I backed out because my family was trying to open a restaurant and I felt they needed me. The plan for the restaurant fell through and I ended up moving out of my parents house shortly after.
I worked and worked, got a car and fulltime job with health coverage. I’m now 25 and am now able to think about doing this again. The freedom at the moment is something I’ve never known and it’s hard to know what to do with myself because most of this has happen in this year and now that I found a dojo I like with an Uchideshi program it’s revamped my drive to be and Aikidoka again… I wanted to take up Kendo but Aikido has been my passion deep down.
People keep asking why I don’t take up MMA or BJJ but honestly I’m not doing this to be some bad ass fighter but to be a better human and to get close to my oldest dream of being the closest thing to a Jedi.
It’s a tough life change because I’m happy with my roommates and my girlfriend fears the change will take me from her but I know in a few years I won’t be able to just “fuck off” and be a part of this type of thing so I join the dojo (hopefully) next month and after training for a bit I might apply to be a live in student.