flowy/technique

I just wanted to react to the article you just posted so here goes… It can only be personnal of course so again it’s the view point of a tiny white belt.My first Sensei’s training (so Simon’s) is very strong technique-wise and very grounded in...

What Aikido isn’t…

A great article by Nev Sagiba aikiblue.comAikido is not making it up as you go and sort of flowing, hoping uke, or expecting uke to co-operate. That is a hoax and not Aikido. You may be kidding yourself or others but it would be kindred to pasting the word “democracy”...

Being a good student

Being a good student…1. Turn up for training. i know that sounds daft, but really show up. If you decide to stay in and watch TV, just “don’t feel like it” you are not getting any benefit. Above all, just get to the Dojo in the physical form,...

The Progression of Aikido Technique

I came across this excellent article and decided it was well worth including. It’s very rare that I ever find myself agreeing with every word!The Progression of Aikido Technique from Basic to Advancedby George LedyardPublished OnlineAn area of much confusion in...

AIKIDO – are we missing something?

Relevance Of Aikido Techniques In Today’s Worldby Stanley PraninAiki News #87 (Winter/Spring 1991)In my last editorial I touched upon the subject of what I regard as poor training habits prevalent in many aikido dojos both in Japan and abroad. I pointed out that...

AIKIDO

1. Aikido: A Martial Way To understand Aikido and its benefits, it must be said that as a traditional Japanese martial art, Aikido is more than simply an efficient method of self-defense. It is a form of Budo – a “martial way”. The word do in...

A Smile and a Friendly word…

A great article on the Aiki Journal website by Nev Sagiba which I thought warranted repeating…Some of my students have worked and still do work the floors of the large chain stores for many years. One in particular stands out. I’ll call him D… to protect...

A bit about Katana Manufacture

A samurai’s sword is his most sacred and prized possession. Not only did the samurai rely on his sword to defend him, but spiritually the sword held greater significance as the samurai actually believed his soul inhabited the sword. Therefore it comes as no...