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Mono No Aware

Aikido Blogs - Sun, 03/10/2019 - 22:53
Mono No Aware

That sadness of being human
Mono no aware
The reality of life
Reflecting back on all the years
All the lost years
If I could go back to my youth
And explain, caution
Be kind, be gentle, be human
To yourself and others

I told someone once
That I didn't think people
Become fully human
Till they are at least forty
But, I don't suppose some people
Ever become fully human
Regardless of their age
Tears of things past
A weary perspective
That gives me pause
But little comfort


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Nothing Else

Aikido Blogs - Mon, 02/25/2019 - 02:02
Nothing Else

Focus on your breath
And nothing else
See where it leads to
For me, it leads to pain
But, beyond
Beyond I see
I see something else


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Aikikai Malta Receives Recognition from Aikikai Foundation

Aikido News - Fri, 02/22/2019 - 14:10
Aikikai Malta Receives Recognition from Aikikai Foundation
From: Kevin Bonanno posted on 22. Feb 2019, 02:10pm
URL: http://www.aikidomalta.net

Aikikai Malta is pleased to announce that it has received authorisation from Aikikai Foundation, Japan (Aikido World Headquarters) as a local Aikido school to diffuse Aikido in Malta for the instruction and training in the Art of Aikido following the principles laid down by the founder, Morihei Ueshiba. Aikikai Malta can now award grades that are registered with the Aikikai Foundation being recognised world-wide. Congratulations must go to practitioners and teachers alike within Aikikai Malta who have all worked diligently for many years to create an authorised Aikido school. Special mention goes to Jean-Francois Riondet Shihan (Technical Director) and Jun Nomoto Shihan (Aikikai Director) who made this reality possible for Aikikai Malta and the local Aikido community.

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    "The Gospel of Combat"

    Aikido News - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 10:18
    "The Gospel of Combat"
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 8. Feb 2019, 10:18am
    URL: http://https://www.gospelofcombat.com

    From their website: The Gospel of Combat is a 30 minute documentary about an East African martial artist’s journey toward self-understanding through Aikido and Karate. The film follows Benedict “Sensei Ben” Kiyaga, a freelance martial arts instructor, as he ekes a living from a handful of private classes. Along the way, Sensei Ben reflects on the application of martial art as spiritual practice, and shares how it has helped him make sense of his multicultural identity amid pervasive tribal conflict. The movie is slated to screen in Los Angeles, CA and Sedona, AZ in February, 2019.

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    Zenko Okimura in Newark, DE, Feb 23, 2019

    Aikido News - Fri, 02/08/2019 - 10:17
    Zenko Okimura in Newark, DE, Feb 23, 2019
    From: Birte Feld posted on 8. Feb 2019, 10:17am
    URL: http://www.aikidoda.org

    Aikido Delaware Aikikai Winter Seminar Aikido Delaware Aikikai will be holding their annual winter seminar under the leadership of WAAI Founder, Chairman, and Chief Instructor Rev. Zenko Okimura Shihan on February 23rd. On this cold winter day, stimulate your mind, exercise your body and warm up your heart with Aikido. The seminar will conclude with a potluck get together where you can socialize and meet new friends. Where: Aikido Delaware Aikikai, WAAI Headquarters, 667 Dawson Drive, Ste. A, Newark, DE 19713 When: Saturday, February 23rd 8.30 am to 4.30 pm (followed by potluck dinner) Adults: $65, Aikido Kids: free from 11am to 12pm. All are welcome! For more information visit www.AikidoDA.org or call 302-369-AIKI (2454).

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    Nanakorobi Yaoki

    Aikido Blogs - Mon, 02/04/2019 - 02:37
    Nanakorobi Yaoki

    Seven times down
    Eight times up

    Damn, I've actually lost count
    Of all the times I was
    Knocked down or fell down
    But, I still get up


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    Learn the Secret Technique...

    Aikido Blogs - Tue, 01/29/2019 - 17:43
    While I was training under Kato Sensei, he taught that each Kyo has a significant meaning: Ikyo - Physical Strength, Nikyo - Technique, Sankyo - Flow, Yonkyo - Focus, Gokyo - Disarm.

    In light of that teaching, I've been creating my vlogs to highlight that teaching. I just finished my vlog on Nikyo, which is about technique. And yes, the title is click bait, and if you are wondering, there really is no secret technique, but the obvious, deliberate practice, and hours, weeks, months, years, decades...of deliberate practice.

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    Oh, Buddha

    Aikido Blogs - Fri, 01/25/2019 - 21:08
    Oh, Buddha

    Pain is inevitable
    Suffering is optional


    Oh, Buddha
    How much I hate you!


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    Xavier Dufau, 5th Dan Aikikai, Edinburgh, 22-24 Feb 2019

    Aikido News - Sat, 01/19/2019 - 11:12
    Xavier Dufau, 5th Dan Aikikai, Edinburgh, 22-24 Feb 2019
    From: Scott Reed posted on 19. Jan 2019, 11:12am
    URL: http://www.edinburghaikido.co.uk/seminars/

    Xavier Dufau is coming to Edinburgh for his first seminar. He is a 5th dan aikido, 3rd dan Iaido and has trained extensively with Tamura Sensei, Toshiro Suga and Tiki Shewan. The course is open to all - please bring aikido weapons and insurance.

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    "Perceptions of the Aikido Community" by Josephine Fan

    Aikido News - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 21:34
    "Perceptions of the Aikido Community" by Josephine Fan
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 17. Jan 2019, 09:34pm
    URL: http://thewayyoupractice.blogspot.com/2019/01/guest-article-josephine-fan-perceptions.html

    Here’s an insightful article from Josephine Fan of Long Island Aikikai on "Perceptions of the Aikido Community." 

From the article: “A particular question continued to pop up in my research: ‘Why do people have such a poor impression of Aikido?’ […] Taking in my experiences from understanding how social media worked, the simple answer was that the Aikido community itself gave a terrible perception and impression to the outside world. […] There's so much infighting ("My sensei is better than your sensei, my style is better than your style, the way I train is the best way to train") and lashing out against anyone that is different or new. It has very little to do with whether or not there is anything worth learning in it, since we know there are benefits to doing so. The perception of the Aikido community has amounted to a joke, and it's entirely deserved.”

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    Seminar with Ethan Weisgard in Santander, Spain, Feb 2-3, 2019

    Aikido News - Thu, 01/17/2019 - 21:34
    Seminar with Ethan Weisgard in Santander, Spain, Feb 2-3, 2019
    From: Aikido Cantabria posted on 17. Jan 2019, 09:34pm
    URL: http://www.aikidocantabria.com/VTateCongress.html

    Santander, February, 2nd to 3th 2019. V International Congress of Traditional Aikido: Taught by Ethan Weisgard Sensei. 6th Dan of Aikikai, Who was a direct disciple of Morihiro Saito Sensei in the dojo of Iwama (Japan). He was nominated by Morihiro Saito Sensei as his direct representative for the Takemusu Aikido in Denmark.

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    Aikikai Hombu Dojo 2019 Kagami Biraki Promotions

    Aikido News - Sun, 01/13/2019 - 01:52
    Aikikai Hombu Dojo 2019 Kagami Biraki Promotions
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 13. Jan 2019, 01:52am
    URL: http://www.aikikai.or.jp/pdf/suisen/2019.pdf

    Aikikai Hombu Dojo has just put out their 2019 Kagami Biraki Promotions list. Congratulations to everyone promoted!

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    AikiWeb Column: "It Had to be Felt" on Okimura Shigenobu by Christopher Barnett

    Aikido News - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 15:47
    AikiWeb Column: "It Had to be Felt" on Okimura Shigenobu by Christopher Barnett
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 7. Jan 2019, 03:47pm
    URL: http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=75

    A new AikiWeb Column, "It Had to Be Felt #62, Okumura Shigenobu: 'A Truly Inspiring Teacher'" by Christopher Barnett is now available for your reading pleasure!

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    Article: "The Disability Working Group in Action"

    Aikido News - Mon, 01/07/2019 - 10:42
    Article: "The Disability Working Group in Action"
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 7. Jan 2019, 10:42am
    URL: http://www.aikido-international.org/main-menu-archives/news-archive-2/24-iaf-latest-news/161-the-disability-working-group-in-act

    The International Aikido Federation has posted an article entitled "The Disability Working Group in Action" which highlights Lydia Zijdel (3rd dan, Netherland) and Molly Hale (4th dan, Aikido West), two Aikido teachers who use wheelchairs. From the article: "For the first time, two wheelchair using Aikido teachers taught together in Aikido clinics in Europe. Lydia Zijdel, the Chairperson of the Disability Working Group of the IAF, from Netherland, and Molly Hale, member of the same working group, from USA, organized a tour where they taught together in Netherland. This event was organized in cooperation with Aikikai Netherland, under the aegis of IAF."

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    Staying in Shape is VITAL!

    Aikido Blogs - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 18:39
    I've been teaching Aikido for about 20 years now, and I've made it an important point to stay in shape. Teaching means that I don't get to train a full hour or two like my students do and get a really good work out, burn calories, gain strength...all that good stuff that comes with training....maybe that's why so many aikido instructors are overweight!

    So I've put together my own training program with running, pushups, sit ups, pull ups and my favorite Rock Climbing! Sometimes I get super lucky and only one or two students show up for class; then I get to train! I love those days.

    I put together a vlog detailing one of my workouts. Check it out and please subscribe to my youtube channel:

    Click here or on the thumbnail:

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    Jan 4-6 & 11-13, 2019: Kobayashi Ryu Aikido in Los Angeles, CA

    Aikido News - Wed, 12/26/2018 - 17:23
    Jan 4-6 & 11-13, 2019: Kobayashi Ryu Aikido in Los Angeles, CA
    From: Kim T posted on 26. Dec 2018, 05:23pm
    URL: http://https://www.facebook.com/LAAikikai/

    Los Angeles Aiki Kai invites you to an opportunity to experience Kobayashi Ryu Aikido as we host a training with Franck Palazzolo Shihan, 6th Dan KAKKHR/DNBK, of France for the first two weekends in January (Fri-Sun Jan 4-6 & 11-13). LAAK is the home of KAKKHR in the USA, bringing opportunities to learn the teachings of Hirokazu Kobayashi Sensei and André Cognard Hanshi. Please contact (laaikikai@gmail.com) to inquire or for more information. Thank you!

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    Chop Wood, Carry Water

    Aikido Blogs - Mon, 12/24/2018 - 00:17
    Chop Wood, Carry Water

    Before enlightenment:
    Chop wood, carry water
    After enlightenment:
    Chop wood, carry water
    No difference….
    But…
    Why bother, then?
    The actions are the same
    But, how you do them
    How you feel about them
    Different?


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    Jan 19, 2019: Aikido Delaware Aikikai & Kiyo Mizu Kai 2019 Kagami Biraki

    Aikido News - Mon, 12/17/2018 - 20:46
    Jan 19, 2019: Aikido Delaware Aikikai & Kiyo Mizu Kai 2019 Kagami Biraki
    From: Birte Feld posted on 17. Dec 2018, 08:46pm
    URL: http://aikidoda.org/dojo_2019.html

    Aikido Delaware Aikikai and Kiyo Mizu Kai cordially invite you to join in our annual New Year’s event; our Kagami Biraki and Shinnenkai Celebration! Experience this traditional Japanese “Unveiling of the Mirror” ceremony as a rededication of ourselves to become true to the spirit of Aikido in the New Year. Everyone is welcome to participate in making Mochi (traditional Japanese rice cakes), followed by the Kagami Biraki Ceremony, which is led by WAAI Founder, Chairman, and Chief Instructor Rev. Zenko Okimura Shihan. Then enjoy the ‘Skinship’ with an Aikido class, observe various Budo demonstrations with children and adults, and partake in brief refreshments at our Dojo. Adults: $25, Aikido Kids: free. All are welcome! Where: Aikido Delaware Aikikai, WAAI Headquarters, 667 Dawson Drive, Ste. A, Newark, DE 19713 When: Saturday, January 19th 9.00 am to 2.00 pm For more information visit www.AikidoDA.org or call 302-369-AIKI (2454).

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    Water

    Aikido Blogs - Thu, 12/13/2018 - 01:53
    Water

    I find that when I try to grasp water
    It turns out to be an exercise in futility
    But, my hand still gets wet


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    How to Become a World Class Aikidoka!

    Aikido Blogs - Wed, 12/05/2018 - 13:36
    So, you think you need natural ability or talent to get good at Aikido.....think again! Geoff Colvin wrote a book called, "Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else."

    It's a great read and very inspiring, well, to a certain degree...don't think it's easy to become great. There are two main ingredients to becoming great and two things that are going to help you get there.

    Watch my vlog to learn more about what you need to become a world class Aikidoka!

    click on the thumbnail below, or you can click on this text....
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