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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 »

Some Thoughts on Improving Our KYOGI

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I am not an international competitor – not yet. I should make that clear right up front. I joined the TAA in January 2016, coming from a non-competitive, kata-oriented, independent dojo. Being a part of the TAA has involved a huge learning curve for me. As a result, I have an “outsider’s perspective” on the… Read more »

The Martial Arts as a Time Capsule

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For six months I studied abroad and, without a local Tomiki Style dojo, I joined the Glasgow University Aikido club and studied Aikikai style. Of necessity, I became more adept at spotting the same Aiki principles hidden under a different varnish. That ability soon yielded a strange realization. I found myself noting that my techniques… Read more »

Interview with TAA Chairman Robert Dziubla

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Tomiki News (TN): Tell us about yourself. Where is your family from? What interests do you have outside of aikido? Dziubla Shihan (RD): I was born and raised in Chicago in a blue-collar family.  My father owned a live poultry store where I started working when I was 8 – that continued until I was… Read more »

Vassar College Tomiki Aikido Festival

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I felt like I learned so many things! One aspect that was particularly helpful was seeing different ways techniques could be executed, and the effects small differences could make. It was lovely to meet so many people and be taught by experienced practitioners of aikido, all of whom were so patient and enthusiastic. The event made me… Read more »

West Coast Regional TAA Seminar Review

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On October 7th and 8th the Bay Area Shodokan dojo of Berkeley, CA, hosted the first-in-a-long-time West Coast Regional TAA Seminar.  Seminars were taught by home instructors Warren Pottebaum sensei and Ash Morgan sensei, as well as invitees TAA Technical Director Bob King sensei, TAA Chairman Bob Dziubla shihan, and Mark Colopy sensei (Instructor Emeritus… 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 »

Aikido Atheist

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One of the first questions that I am often asked by new students in my dojo is my opinion of Ki energy.  I am aware that most of the people who ask me about it have searched the internet already and are looking for my deep insight or secret knowledge on the subject. After all… Read more »