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Aikido gratitude list

Aikido Blogs - Fri, 01/19/2018 - 17:25
1. I am Grateful to have a dojo at my house.
2. I am Grateful to have a really good teacher.

3. I am Grateful to be able to teach and train.
4. I am Grateful for class tomorrow.

5. I am Grateful to watch negative thoughts come and go without me having to entertain them.
6. I am Grateful for our students.

7. I am Grateful that students call when they are not coming to class so we don't have to heat the dojo when no one shows up for class.
8. I am Grateful that people show up a lot and that when they don't -- Ron and I can talk about our feelings and let them go.

9. I am Grateful for every student that stayed and for everyone that left.
10. I am Grateful that I believe that more people will get interested in Aikido again and that this dojo will be here when they do.

11. I am Grateful for students who pay dues.
12 I am Grateful for the willingness to write a gratitude list rather complain about what is lacking.

13. I am Grateful for the feeling of hope that this writing has started.
14. I am Grateful for that feeling when I get my hakama on just right.

15. I am Grateful for my commitment to my training...
16. I am Grateful for what training that long has afforded me.

17. I am Grateful for all that I will learn in my next 30 plus years.
18. I am Grateful that I am married to a man who loves Aikido as much as I do.

19. I am Grateful that I train in the style that I do so I don't have knee or hip problems.
20. I am grateful that I can roll and fall and love being an uke still.

Wow that really helped.
What are you Grateful for?
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Feb 17, 2018: Aikido Shugyo with Collings Sensei, East Hanover NY

Aikido News - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 16:48
Feb 17, 2018: Aikido Shugyo with Collings Sensei, East Hanover NY
From: Jason Mallia posted on 15. Jan 2018, 04:48pm
URL: http://www.aikidocenters.com/html/ContactUs.cfm

Shugyo - Training of the Spirit - Join with Aikido 6th Dan Tom Collings Sensei on Saturday February 17 (1-4 PM) at Aikido Centers - East Hanover 55 Eagle Rock Ave, East Hanover, NY 07936 for a day of seated meditation, standing meditation, moving meditation and sound practices just as O-Sensei did in his daily life. Cost of the Seminar is a $30.00 mat fee.

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    Dead Meditation

    Aikido Blogs - Mon, 01/15/2018 - 00:08
    Dead Meditation

    In dead meditation
    I approach, slowly, hesitantly, nothing…
    But, also realizing that I
    Left nothing behind me
    Confusion…
    Till I understand that nothing
    Is not a place, and idea, beyond me
    Nothing is all around me
    Inside me
    A part of me
    Or, actually, I am part of it
    So, with no-place to go
    I arrive

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    2018 Kagami Biraki Promotions List

    Aikido News - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 00:47
    2018 Kagami Biraki Promotions List
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 14. Jan 2018, 12:47am
    URL: http://www.aikikai.or.jp/pdf/suisen/h30.pdf

    Aikikai Hombu Dojo has just released its 2018 Kagami Biraki promotions list. Congratulations to everyone listed! Are there any names you recognize and would like to congratulate?

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    February 9-11th 2018 Michael Friedl Shihan 7th Dan in Calgary

    Aikido News - Sun, 01/14/2018 - 00:47
    February 9-11th 2018 Michael Friedl Shihan 7th Dan in Calgary
    From: Andrew Barron posted on 14. Jan 2018, 12:47am
    URL: http://www.calgaryaikikai.com

    Calgary Aikikai is excited to welcome back Michael Friedl Shihan of Aikido of Ashland, Oregon. Friedl Sensei will be teaching from February 9th to 11th, 2018. All styles and arts are welcome to train and learn with this master instructor who has been practicing aikido for over 45 years. For information see www.calgaryaikikai.com

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    No One

    Aikido Blogs - Sat, 01/06/2018 - 23:45
    No One

    The bell talks to itself
    The dojo is empty
    Not even a shadow
    Dwells in the mirror

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    Meido Moore & John Mazza in Chicago, Feb 9-11, 2018

    Aikido News - Mon, 01/01/2018 - 02:03
    Meido Moore & John Mazza in Chicago, Feb 9-11, 2018
    From: Kristen Radtke posted on 1. Jan 2018, 02:03am
    URL: http://www.shinjinkai.org/kangeiko-signup

    Meido Moore Sensei (6th dan) and John Mazza Sensei (6th dan) will lead Shinjinkai's annual Kangeiko, winter training seminar, in Chicago. All are welcome. Info and registration at www.shinjinkai.org.

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    All Roads

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 12/31/2017 - 00:18
    All Roads

    All roads lead me home
    The paths are all one-way
    There is no turning back

    Though I am sometimes slowed
    By fear and suffering
    I continue

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    Kyoichi Inoue (10th dan, Yoshinkan) Passes Away

    Aikido News - Sun, 12/24/2017 - 15:38
    Kyoichi Inoue (10th dan, Yoshinkan) Passes Away
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 24. Dec 2017, 03:38pm

    I have received word that Kyoichi Inoue (10th dan, Yoshinkan Aikido) has passed away. Born in 1935, he started training at the newly founded Aikido Yoshinkan in 1955, becoming uchideshi under Gozo Shioda. He taught metropolitan police officers as a martial arts instructor from 1970 until 1994. Inoue became the second director of the Yoshinkan in 2002. He received his 9th dan from Shioda in 1992 and his 10th dan in 2009 from the International Budo Federation. My condolences go out to his family, friends, students, and loved ones.

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    December AikiWeb Columns Now Available

    Aikido News - Sat, 12/09/2017 - 19:56
    December AikiWeb Columns Now Available
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 9. Dec 2017, 07:56pm
    URL: http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=75

    The latest batch of AikiWeb Columns is now available! We have columns from Oisin Bourke (on Henry Kono), Ross Robertson, John Driscoll, and The Mirror. Click here to read the columns. As always, your thoughts the columns are always welcome in the thread following each column!

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    Koretoshi Maruyama European Seminar 9-11th June 2018, Kendal, UK

    Aikido News - Wed, 12/06/2017 - 15:31
    Koretoshi Maruyama European Seminar 9-11th June 2018, Kendal, UK
    From: Mike Haft posted on 6. Dec 2017, 03:31pm
    URL: http://https://www.takagashiradojo.co.uk/maruyama-2018-seminar/

    Koretoshi Maruyama Sensei will return to Kendal UK on 9th-11th June 2018 at the Kendal Judo Dojo. Maruyama Sensei was a student of O Sensei for 13 years, and the President and Chief Instructor of the Ki Society until 1991. He founded Aikido Yuishinkai in 1996. Also teaching several evening classes before and after this seminar (7th & 8th June, and 12th June) will be Peter Kelly Sensei 8th Dan. These classes will focus on the internal aspects of Aikido Yuishinkai as taught by Maruyama Sensei covering topics such as: Heaven – Earth – Man, grounding, opening and closing the body, joints as spheres, aiki o ka kaeiru, aiki age/sage & yin yang, plus more.

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    Nen

    Aikido Blogs - Sat, 12/02/2017 - 23:25
    Nen

    Nen applies to so many things
    An acknowledgement, an appreciation
    Of the importance of small things
    A mindfulness of daily life
    Small things, like the position
    Of his weight as he prepared
    Prepared his attack
    As I minutely adjusted
    My alignment in response

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    As I Am

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 11/26/2017 - 00:03
    As I Am

    Shouldering the moon
    I return to my bare house
    Sitting, I close my eyes
    And empty myself
    Into my empty room
    I sense the ghosts and shadows
    Of my life -- insubstantial
    As I am

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    Doubt

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 03:12
    Doubt

    My great ball of doubt
    Is firmly rooted in my great faith
    And great tenacity of purpose

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    Uchi Deshi Program at Ki Aikido Dojo Rodgau, Germany

    Aikido News - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 09:52
    Uchi Deshi Program at Ki Aikido Dojo Rodgau, Germany
    From: Ki Aikido Dojo Rodgau posted on 14. Nov 2017, 09:52am
    URL: http://www.ki-aikido-rodgau.de/english/

    At Ki Aikido Dojo Rodgau, Germany, the Uchi Deshi Program has been active since February 2015. There are currently 2 uchi deshi living and training at the dojo. Since the living area has been expanded recently, we can accept 2 more uchi deshi beginning in January 2018. Please see our website for a detailed program description...

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    Fearful Rocks

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 01:54
    Fearful Rocks

    Fearful rocks brace themselves
    Against the crashing waves
    Others, fearless, reach out
    Embracing the charging seas,
    Knowing that their destinies
    Are intertwined

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    Cognard Shihan 8th Dan in Venice, Italy, December 2-3 2017

    Aikido News - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 19:50
    Cognard Shihan 8th Dan in Venice, Italy, December 2-3 2017
    From: Andrea Debiasi posted on 11. Nov 2017, 07:50pm
    URL: http://www.aactg.it/images/aactg/pdf/2018/STAGE%20CognardMestre%202017%20engl.pdf

    "Accademia di Aikido e Cultura Tradizionale Giapponese" (AACTG) & “Kokusai Aikido Kenshukai Kobayashi Hirokazu Ryu” (KHR) are pleased to announce the Aikido Seminar conducted by Cognard André Shihan 8th Dan (Hanshi, Dai Nippon Butoku Kai) in Venice-Mestre, Italy, on December 2-3 2017. The seminar is open to everyone. All affiliations, levels, and juniors are welcome. Check out the: English flyer

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    Michael Leung Sensei 50 Years in Aikido Anniversary Workshop

    Aikido News - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 19:50
    Michael Leung Sensei 50 Years in Aikido Anniversary Workshop
    From: Hong Kong Aikido Kan posted on 11. Nov 2017, 07:50pm

    Hong Kong Aikido Kan is pleased to present Michael Leung Sensei,6th Dan Aikikai, 50 Years in Aikido Anniversary Workshop to be held on Sunday, 12th November 2017 from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm at Function Room 1, 2/F Queen Elizabeth Stadium, 18 Oi Kwan Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong. The Workshop will be a celebration of Michael Leung Sensei's 50 years'dedication to the development of Aikido in Hong Kong. Michael Leung Sensei is the direct student of Kenneth Cottier Shihan, 7th Dan Aikikai, and was the former chairman of the Hong Kong Aikido Association. He founded Hong Kong Aikido Kan in 2006 as a full time Dojo dedicated to the promotion of Aikido in Hong Kong. Michael Leung Sensei's lifelong philosophy is to "Realize Aikido", applying the philosophy and principles of Aikido in one's business career and daily life. He will share and reflect on his 50 years' studies and experience in Aikido at the Workshop which will include instructions and an Embu. All Aikikai members are welcome to join and the Workshop will be free to all Aikikai members subject to acceptance of application. Aikikai members joining the Workshop must bring their jo, bokken and slippers to the Dojo. All participants are responsible for their conduct and safety for others in training. Hong Kong Aikido Kan will not accept any liability or any claim on injury and loss of property on attendance. Please apply for attendance before Wednesday, 8th November 2017 and arrive the Dojo for registration by 2:00 pm. Hong Kong Aikido Kan reserves the right of refusal to any application. To apply for attendance please email: aikidokan@biznetvigator.com.

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    Without End

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 00:24
    Without End

    In each stroke of the bell
    With each clap
    We hear the past and the future
    Each class continuing without end
    We sit and bow before the tokonoma
    Our: Sensei, onegai shimasu!
    Echoing through time

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    Ukemi

    Aikido Blogs - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 19:40
    There is much to be said about ukemi, but I have observed from close that there is difference between understanding ukemi and talking about ukemi.

    As a beginning one should always be aware the gift of ukemi that uke is giving you is priceless, so treat it as a precious gift, be grateful for being offered this gift and show this gratitude by training open, honest and respectful. And offer ukemi to your training partners.

    Following that, one should realise that ukemi is more than 50% of your aikido, more than 50% of your techniques and more than 50% of all that you do. This is too often not clear to those that are training. This not from malice or ill will but from not being exposed to good ukemi.
    It is very tempting to see how much of a technique you can resist or frustrate. Yet in the end all you were building was your own dojo superpowers and you weren't helping your partner, even though you thought you were. But worst than that, you weren't helping yourself and cheating your partner out of an opportunity to learn.

    One often hear people claim Aikido is about love, about harmony. That aikido is life. Yet as uke they train without harmony. They haven't learned the difference between uke being alive and uke being dead. As uke they don't give, but expect to overtaken, to be conquered. Why is it harmony if nage gets his way?

    I have been fortunate. All my teachers have told me to do ukemi. Not as an obligatory part of training, not as a necessary evil to be undergone to get to the good part, but as a main buildingblock of my development. If you don't understand the technique, then take ukemi for that technique again and again and again. Ah, you wanna become beter at Aikido, then take one year of only ukemi and learn, feel and learn. Give, give, give until you know why giving is receiving.

    So I give. I don't correct my partners when they don't offer to change roles after 4 techniques. I happily offer ukemi.

    And now for something completely different, lets talk about ukemi. Ukemi isn't about doing high falls. Ukemi isn't being unbalanced, ukemi isn't about having things done to you to which you have to react. That is what my teachers called being dead. If uke is dead, then the exercise won't be aikido. Ukemi is about being alive. It is about living and being alert, about being outward, about being connected and about being natural. There is nothing natural about being hit, whether it be by a hand or by an on storming bus. Alive is moving with what happens.

    Being alive is a difficult concept. Knowing you have to be alive is different from being alive. That is why we train and why ukemi is a major part of our training.

    I have made a list of what being alive is in my opinion (and this is still a work in progress) but I also found that a lot of people genuinely don't understand what I am rambling about.
    • Be aware of what is happening and what you are doing. Somethings you don't want to do or actively avoid. You should not be bent over so avoid or correct that. Nage shouldn't be behind you so avoid or correct that.
    • Rolling is good. Rolling is being alive, but don't confuse it with slamming or bouncing. Absorb whatever is happening into a dissipation of energy by escaping with a roll or tumble.
    • Be humble and let go of expectations. You can only go with the flow if you are with the flow. It is not possible to outthink the flow, it is not possible to predict the flow. Oh, and surprise, the flow can be anything from doing a technique to cleaning the dojo to relating to others.
    • Stay with the contact. Only rolling, tumbling to safety and away from your partner as the flow directs is where uke can release the contact.
    • Rolling away is escaping. It is not something to survive a technique, but it is something to escape a hazardous situation. Away, away, away. Flow toward safety at top speed.
    • Ukemi is for learning Aikido. Ukemi is for learning to throw the other. The goal of proper ukemi is to learn and do proper Aikido, so you will never be thrown when not offering the gift of ukemi to the other.
    • Connect the hands, connect everything, but move the feet.
    • Follow through to discover the points of escape, reversal. Follow through to discover where there are openings, not to exploit them (unless this is what you are specifically training with your partner) but to discover them and use them to learn. But be honest in this. The flaws you discover in your partner's technique are more than likely to be your own flaws.
    • Shield yourself from harm, but don't disturb the flow. Blocking equals stopping. Stopping means being a dead uke.
    • Don't assume. Assumption is like trying to predict the flow. Be honest and accept what is happening. Accept your partners. Accept life. Be grateful.

    Be humble and listen how the universe sings.


    Erik doesn't matter
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