I was asked by a previous client to design a logo and patch for an Aikido dojo in Texas. I suggested using the image of a tsuba- the hand guard on a Japanese sword- as they do a lot of weapons training in that school.
I looked at several hundred images of tsuba before coming across this one. From the page I found it on:
"Large, very nice iron Choshu Tsuba done in sukadashi bori. The motif is a timeless one known as "Musashi no". These are grasses with dewdrops on the battlefield and are generally associated with Sekigahara. They evoke a number of Bushi and Buddhist connotations, ie; they bend and flow with the opposing forces of nature, they symbolize life itself as they are born, live, wither and die, etc., etc"
In Aikido you fall down and you get up and you fall down. You roll forwards and backwards.
In Texas there are Tumbleweeds. They roll forwards and backwards with whatever energy they are interacting with.
This image said “Tumbleweed” to me before I read the description.
Tumbleweeds say Aikido to me…
I’ll be documenting this on my Facebook Page: knot-working