Podcast 26: Mark Hadiarja Sensei interview edited excerpt
May 18, 2017
MO: You are the Aikido Shudokan representative in Indonesia. What did it take for you to personally commit to becoming a Sensei of your own dojo?
MHS: When Sensei Joe told me, ‘why don’t you start one’, my answer was “Osu!”. And, you know, when you say ‘osu!’, it means you have to deliver. I got no choice, I have to deliver. That’s it, because of that ‘osu!’
MO: What is your philosophy and your approach to teaching Aikido in Indonesia?
MHS: Aikido affected my life on and off the mats, and I’m hoping that could happen to my students as well. Actually, my business partner used to be one of my Aikido students and we are so in sync because we‘ve got the same mentality in that whatever we do, we deliver. And it’s just that simple word of “Osu!”. It’s such a deep word, that “Osu!”.
At the Shudokan, and especially with Sensei Joe Thambu, he always pushes us hard. He knows that when you reach that comfort zone, then he’s gonna push you harder to break away from that comfort zone, and that’s what I do with my personal life. When I’m in my comfort zone, then I try to break through and always break through. I think that’s what differentiates my work, my Aikido and my personal life as well.
Aikido shaped me into what I am right now. I think it has a positive impact to my life, and I try to share that with everybody. I think, the young generations with all the gadgets and that kind of stuff - they are too busy with the gadget – and I wanna give more positive activities through Aikido, and the discipline, the fighting spirit, the ‘never give up’ attitude, the ‘osu’ attitude. And I just try to share that in Indonesia.
Basically, if you can do whatever you do in the dojo and apply that to your everyday life - the same attitude - I think it’s Aiki for life. You can do that. It’s just that simple word, ‘Osu’.
That’s it. Once you say “Osu!”, you have to deliver.