Posts Categorized: Newsletter

Multiple Descriptions of the Same Technique

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When I first started Aikido, I often had issues trying to understand what my instructors were describing, and even more issues trying to accomplish what they were saying.  Pull with your front foot, extend your arm without moving and body drop, do not always mean the same thing to different people. The vocabulary used to… Read more »

Who I Am

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Identity is a curious thing. We think it was created by ourselves and that we control our identity. Do we really? My experiences with the people I love are what have shaped who I am. It is not limited to Aikido, but some of the people I care about most are in Aikido. The people… Read more »

Teaching Young Aikidoka

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Explaining what I have experienced through teaching Aikido must begin and end respectfully with my deepest gratitude to my own Sensei. I teach what I have learned from her. Every happy success I achieve in teaching is my Sensei’s success. As all great wisdom may be imparted with laughter, my Sensei has shared many laughs… Read more »

REPORT: US Nationals, July 26-29

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Mesa College in San Diego, California, played host to the TAA US Nationals this past July. With about forty-five players assembled from across the country, it was three days of workshops, competition and celebration. Thursday night, many of the participants met in the Mesa College gymnasium to lay down tatami and mark out the competition… Read more »

Aikido Beyond Randori

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Competition style tanto randori should never be thought of as the pinnacle of aikido. Randori competitions are defining aspects of Tomiki Aikido, but are not the highest goal nor the greatest benchmark of skill. Tanto randori can be viewed as an integration exercise, something that forces the simultaneous application of the principles of shizentai, taisabaki,… Read more »

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 »

How Age and Injury Affected My Aikido

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For my entire life, I have worked with people with disabilities; and I started studying aikido because at the time, I was teaching agency staff how to manually restrain people safely during behavioral outbursts. BEFORE AIKIDO Beginning in the summer of 1968, I practiced judo at the YMCA in downtown San Juan, Puerto Rico; but… Read more »