Aiki-Doh!-ka and I were watching a bit of TV and a commercial came on for the lottery. It showed scenes of people demonstrating their ‘happy dance’ should they be so lucky as to win big. Lots of people bounced across the sceen in ecstacy and I heard A-D pipe up:

“All aikidoka should have a ‘happy ukemi’,” he stated.

“That’s a nice thought, Aiki - do you have one?”

“I’ll show you.”

He launched himself off the couch and into a blur of movement that resembled a break-dancing Tasmanian devil. I was a-feared for him (and the furniture), but he came out of it with a smile in his face (and a bit of carpet lint), seemingly none the worse for wear. In fact he looked, well, happy.

What’s your happy ukemi?