A couple of weeks ago while in quarantine I had the opportunity to read The Kingdom of Dust by my fellow aikidoist and friend, Piotr Masztalerz. His account of training under Chiba sensei and the dynamic of their relationship over the years was dramatic, at times frightening to read about, inspiring, but more than anything, a deeply honest and humble story of Piotr’s journey. Piotr has a gift with words and an innate ability to motivate those around him to strive to be better. It’s hard not to appreciate his dedication and devotion to aikido as his teacher, Chiba sensei, presented it to the world.