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 »

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 »

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 »

Professor Tomiki’s Radical Notion

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Over the past month or so, I have been reflecting upon Tomiki Sensei’s work On Jujutsu and Modernization. This was one of Tomiki’s last works, completed in 1975 after he was already retired from full-time teaching. This document is included in its entirety in this issue of Tomiki News. First of all, this is an… Read more »

Context In Evaluating Martial Arts

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Everyone loves to talk about ‘practical martial arts’ and ‘real martial arts’ as if watching a video from their living room makes them an expert on the entirety of that style.  What no one mentions is that each combative system is a tool made for a specific job and, just like you wouldn’t pick up… Read more »