Posts By: Robert Dziubla

Bushido and Aikido, Part 2

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In the first article in this series, I began with the observation that one of the fundamental sources of Bushido is Buddhism, and in particular Zen Buddhism.  Buddhism, of course, originated in India. The origin of Buddhism points to one man, Siddhartha Gautama, the historical Buddha, who was born in Lumbini (in present-day Nepal) during… Read more »

Bushido and Aikido

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I have been practicing aikido for over 50 years now, and one of the aspects of aikido that I find tremendously attractive and engaging is the philosophical and moral underpinnings, for we practice a morally principled martial art.  The samurai code of conduct known as Bushido and the practices of Zen Buddhism permeate aikido, and… Read more »

Chairman’s Corner – September 2017

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Dear Friends, The WSAF2017 World Aikido Championship in London was fabulously hosted by our friends at the British Aikido Association, in a great facility (University of East London), with a record-breading turn-out.  Over 100 children in the under 18 tournament, and almost 200 in the adults’ tournament. We had players from Russia, Spain, Switzerland, Japan,… Read more »

Losing Is Better than Winning

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I firmly believe that losing an aikido shiai (tournament match) is far better than winning. Aikido is full of paradoxes.  And they especially surface during randori: Our techniques become more powerful when we don’t use strength. We move better and more effectively when we are emotionally distanced from the furor and tempest of the conflict… Read more »