Kotowaza (Monkey from Trees)
I have always really liked Japanese kotowaza. These are short sayings or expressions that convey subtle meanings or proverbs. These can also be a nice way to learn some extra Japanese. I will be adding some here and there. Here is one of my favorites:
Saru mo ki kara ochiru.
(Even monkeys can fall from trees); Meaning: We all make mistakes.
If we take this for our Aikido training that when we do make mistakes it happens to everyone. Learn from them and move forward and don’t dwell on them. On the otherhand do not get overconfident with your own abilities. I think both great lessons.