The Paradox of One And Many in Aikido PhilosophyPosted by Charlie Badenhop on January 31st, 2007 My Aikido teacher Koichi Tohei sensei used to say that in a healthy person the flow of their “ki” (the energy inherent throughout the Universe) is like the...

A story from Terry Dobson…

Here is a story from Terry Dobson, a master of Aikido and conflict resolution.THE TRAIN CLANKED and rattled through the suburbs of Tokyo on a drowsy spring afternoon. Our car was comparatively empty – a few housewives with their kids in tow, some old folks going...

Body structure & waza

An article by Ellis Amdur.It is, by now, a truism, that martial arts are manifestations of culture. Encompassed within the system is a hidden structural language of the culture. For example, a long-stave fighting system holds the weapon in the middle, doing little or...

Interview with david Lynch – pt 1

You’ve been at it now for 29 years, and you’ve got a dojo which is part of your house in New Zealand, and a training situation where you are basically doing what you think is the right thing and where you don’t concern yourself with ranks. Where do...

Riots, Violence and AIKIDO

Posted by Mark Bilson on November 7th, 2006 As soon as you mention the spiritual aspects of Aikido many people construct a subconscious barrier by assuming that the spiritual and martial aspects are in distinction to each other. In other words, Aikido is either...