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Keeping the Unsoku Dosa Fresh and Informative

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It is said that Professor Tomiki developed the unique 8-pointed star sequence while he was interned at a Prisoner of War (POW) camp on the shores of Lake Balkhash, in the Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic from 1944 to 1947. In hindsight, what a really great use of one’s free time!!  I feel confident that Tomiki… Read more »

Aikido Is More than a Game

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A budo is a way of life, a way of thinking. Aikido is more than just the competitions and the accomplishments. The game has its place; but aikido can be a tool for helping kids grow into intelligent, balanced, grounded, mature young men and women. This past September, I started teaching Aikido to juniors (ages… Read more »

KI: Multitasking through Mental Imaging

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Some people believe Ki is an actual physical force. Others see Ki as a custom that they have no great belief in, but accept in the dojo due to the weight of history behind it. Some practitioners think of Ki as a simple mental shortcut, but an extremely effective one. That is because the human… 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 »

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 »

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 »