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 »