Aikido

Punching your way out of a paper bag

Aikido Blogs - Sun, 05/21/2017 - 15:56
It has been said many times that Aikidoka cannot punch their way out of a paper bag.

So I tried that.
I put my self in a paper bag and tried.
My first attempt didn't work because I wasn't relaxed enough.
My second attempt didn't work either because the paper bag didn't offer a sincere attack
My third attempt didn't work because the bag knew what I was going to do
My fourth attempt...
My fifth ...
My ...
...





Erik doesn't matter
Categories: Aikido

My APOLOGIES!!!

Aikido Blogs - Fri, 05/19/2017 - 20:04
I'd like to start this blog off apologizing in advance. My intention is not to offend anyone or point the finger at anyone, just something I've been focusing on for a while now.

Aikido is a martial art and as one, one of the foundation of it is physical. That means you need to be in shape. I see way to many aikido sensei's that are over weight, that smoke or drink...they get up in front of the class and set the example, and it's not a good one!

On one occasion, I went to a seminar, and the first thing the instructor did after class was to light up a cigarette and invite everyone to drink. I watched an aikido demonstration, on another occasion, the the instructor was just way over weight!

Can you do 100 pushups or a 100 pull ups, jog 3 miles comfortably? Being in shape is a very important factor in our health and in our ability to perform the techniques of Aikido effectively.

If you're not in shape, Aikido is a wonderful tool to get into shape, as long as you're not the teacher...because most of the time they're just walking around telling everyone else what to do...

Consider most importantly your diet. What you eat is very important for overall health. Alcohol consumption, caffeine, sugary foods, these are not your friend.

Please comment below, What are you doing to become healthier, stronger and better at Aikido?
Categories: Aikido

Cognard Shihan 8 Dan in Virginia (June 9-10 2017)

Aikido News - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 20:25
Cognard Shihan 8 Dan in Virginia (June 9-10 2017)
From: Andrea Debiasi posted on 15. May 2017, 07:25pm
URL: http://www.usa-seminar-kakkhh.com/arlington

"Kokusai Aikido Kenshukai Kobayashi Hirokazu Ryu" (KHR) is pleased to announce the 2-day seminar conducted by Cognard André Shihan 8th Dan (Hanshi, Dai Nippon Butoku Kai) in Arlington, VA/DC Metro Area on June 9-10 2017. All affiliations, levels, and juniors are very welcome. Check out the details in the dedicated Website: http://www.usa-seminar-kakkhh.com

  • Submit an Aikido News Item

  • Categories: Aikido

    Cognard Shihan 8th Dan in Florence, Italy, June 3-4, 2017

    Aikido News - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 20:24
    Cognard Shihan 8th Dan in Florence, Italy, June 3-4, 2017
    From: Andrea Debiasi posted on 15. May 2017, 07:24pm
    URL: http://www.aactg.it/images/aactg/pdf/2017/stageCognardFirenze2017_ENG.pdf

    "Accademia di Aikido e Cultura Tradizionale Giapponese" (AACTG) & "Kokusai Aikido Kenshukai Kobayashi Hirokazu Ryu" (KHR) are pleased to announce the 2-day seminar conducted by Cognard André Shihan 8th Dan (Hanshi, Dai Nippon Butoku Kai) in Florence, Italy on June 3-4 2017. All affiliations, levels, and juniors are very welcome. Check out the details in the flyer

  • Submit an Aikido News Item

  • Categories: Aikido

    Aikido is so SIMPLE!

    Aikido Blogs - Mon, 05/15/2017 - 19:39
    Aikido is a very simple and easy art to learn. I believe that you can learn all the techniques in one day.

    Let's see, Ikkyo through Gokkyo are pretty much exactly the same except for the ending. Iriminage and Kotegaeshi are exactly the same except for the body part that the technique is being applied to. Then, you have shihonage, Kaitenage, which are a little bit different, but not by much. then kokyu nage and tenchi nage's difference as so slight, dropping one are on the latter.

    Koshinage, that's in every technique...

    OK, so I strongly believe that you can learn every technique of Aikido on one day! BUT, learning the techniques, and being able to apply the techniques to an attack, now that's a totally different monster. That might take a bit longer. And I think that getting your black belt, definitely doesn't mean that you can do that...

    Why do we make things so complicated......
    Categories: Aikido

    With a Pen

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 05/14/2017 - 02:41
    With a Pen

    With a pen
    I brush the scent of life
    I pluck meaning here and there
    I speak of clouds, of trees, of wind
    I speak of far mountains
    Covered in drifting mist
    Still, what is my role here?
    There is no meaning beyond me
    My words separate me
    So, putting pen aside
    I sit, just sit, absorbing all
    My paper remains empty
    But, is it?



    www.nothing-works.com
    Categories: Aikido

    Aikido Doesn't Work for Real!

    Aikido Blogs - Sat, 05/13/2017 - 20:50
    OK, so a friend called me up and said that he saw this video on youtube that proved that Aikido doesn't work for real.

    Can you believe that! Aikido doesn't work. Darn, I've been doing Aikido since I was 20 years old, martial arts since I was 5 years old, and to find out that I've wasted 26 years studying Aikido because it doesn't work.

    Well, like I tell my students all the time. The art doesn't make the man, the man makes the art. So, ask yourself (if you're studying Aikido, that is), "Does Aikido work for me?" and if it doesn't, what do you need to do to make it work!

    Anyhow, though Aikido is a martial art and should be an effect tool for self defense, it's also for physical and spiritual development, that means that you may be using it as a tool to grow spiritually, so then, it works for you.....

    So, here is the second video to our Day 2 Aikido Demonstration at the Japan Festival:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0F_gqeouETc&t=18s
    Categories: Aikido

    2017 Japan Festival Demonstration

    Aikido Blogs - Fri, 05/12/2017 - 18:09
    Last weekend we had our Japan Festival Aikido Demonstration. I was lucky enough to get the demonstration video taped. Please enjoy:

    Japan Festival 2017 Aikido Demonstration Day 1

    We gave demonstrations on both days. I'm working on getting day 2 uploaded....
    Categories: Aikido

    "Connection in Aikido" by Ania Small

    Aikido News - Tue, 05/09/2017 - 10:39
    "Connection in Aikido" by Ania Small
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 9. May 2017, 09:39am
    URL: http://aikidoofmaine.com/connection-in-aikido/

    Here's a nice article entitled "Connection in Aikido" by Ania Small (5th dan, Aikido of Maine) focusing on what "connection" means to four aikido instructors: Mitsugi Saotome, Hiroshi Ikeda, Bill Gleason, and Dan Messisco. From the article: "Connection is essential to Aikido, yet it’s not often talked about. It’s difficult to define, and even harder to teach. So what is the path for discovering unity in our own body and in movement with our partner? How can it be taught? This article focuses on how four teachers: Mitsugi Saotome, Hiroshi Ikeda, Bill Gleason and Dan Messisco describe connection, and what methods they use to help their students learn how to move in unison with their partners. In addition to experiencing their teaching in class, I asked for additional clarifications of their approach."

  • Submit an Aikido News Item

  • Categories: Aikido

    Good Aikido

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 05/07/2017 - 22:35
    Good Aikido

    Good aikido is fun aikido
    If you are not enjoying the moment
    Something is wrong
    Whether as nage or uke
    Defending or receiving
    Joy is there
    If you are nage
    And your defense works
    If you are uke and
    Your receiving provides its
    Very own, unique solution
    Whatever, enjoy the moment
    Good aikido is fun aikido



    www.nothing-works.com
    Categories: Aikido

    Aikido Challenges

    Aikido Blogs - Mon, 05/01/2017 - 22:49
    I'm giving an Aikido Demonstration at the Japan Festival this year and decided to have all of the students give a quick speech answering the question, how does Aikido Challenge you. I guess I'll have to give a small talk about that as well....

    Aikido challenges me to take a deep look at myself, my shortcomings, my weaknesses and work on them. What I am doing and how am I moving? How is that movement affecting my uke? What am I doing wrong?

    I find that when I'm getting frustrated with uke, it's really me that needs work. I think it's only taken me about 20 years to figure that out!
    Categories: Aikido

    Great Doubt

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 04/30/2017 - 06:04
    Great Doubt

    The great doubt fills me
    Fills every inner part of me
    Annihilating all my certainty
    Thus clearing the path for clarity



    www.nothing-works.com
    .
    Categories: Aikido

    May 20 & 21, 2017 - Rev. Zenko Okimura, 7th dan, in St. Paul, MN

    Aikido News - Sat, 04/29/2017 - 20:18
    May 20 & 21, 2017 - Rev. Zenko Okimura, 7th dan, in St. Paul, MN
    From: Eric Buchanan posted on 29. Apr 2017, 07:18pm
    URL: http://www.prairiewindsaikido.com

    Okimura Shihan will be at the Shuharikan dojo in St. Paul, MN, on May 20 & 21. All styles and affiliations welcome.

  • Submit an Aikido News Item

  • Categories: Aikido

    May 12-21, 2017 "Aikido at the Leading Edge" Tele-Summit

    Aikido News - Fri, 04/28/2017 - 11:24
    May 12-21, 2017 "Aikido at the Leading Edge" Tele-Summit
    From: Andrea Ebert posted on 28. Apr 2017, 10:24am
    URL: http://store.theintegraldojo.com/p/aikido-at-the-leading-edge-tele-summit

    Online free global event that will run for 10 days from May 12th to the 21st, 2017. Bow in to our "virtual dojo" and learn from over 40 men and women who are teachers, thought leaders, pioneers, and entrepreneurs in the Aikido world. More information

  • Submit an Aikido News Item

  • Categories: Aikido

    Crowdfunding for 2017 East African Seminar

    Aikido News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 11:57
    Crowdfunding for 2017 East African Seminar
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 27. Apr 2017, 10:57am
    URL: http://https://www.crowdrise.com/2017-east-african-seminar

    Here is an Aikido crowdfunding campaign to support the 2017 East African Seminar. The team organizing the seminar consists of Richard Strozzi-Hecker, Lou Pollack, Tesfaye Tekelu, and Katina Bishop. From the page: "The 2017 East African Seminar, a collaboration between Aikido Ethiopia and the African Union Peace Initiative will represent the first of its kind. Young African practitioners from Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania, Uganda, Djibouti will have the unique opportunity to learn from world renowned international experts in Aikido, embodied leadership, somatic education, and conflict resolution."

  • Submit an Aikido News Item

  • Categories: Aikido

    "Blood, Sweat & Years" by John Longford

    Aikido News - Thu, 04/27/2017 - 10:41
    "Blood, Sweat & Years" by John Longford
    From: John Longford posted on 27. Apr 2017, 09:41am
    URL: http://amzn.to/2pDvEse

    I have written a book detailing my training and travels in Aikido over the past 37 years. It is called: "Blood, Sweat & Years". The book is a light-hearted account with a forward by Sensei Tony Sargeant, 6th Dan Aikikai.

  • Submit an Aikido News Item

  • Categories: Aikido

    Already There

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 04/23/2017 - 06:19
    Already There

    How can he be faster than me
    If I am already there?
    Don't worry about time and space
    With your opponent
    Or how fast he may be - or you
    Occupy your center, find his
    Feel that tension - unify it
    Now you are one
    Feeling that flow, guiding
    He orbiting your center
    Regardless of technique
    Completely at your mercy



    www.nothing-works.com
    Categories: Aikido

    New Batch of AikiWeb Columns Now Available!

    Aikido News - Sun, 04/16/2017 - 22:23
    New Batch of AikiWeb Columns Now Available!
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 16. Apr 2017, 09:23pm
    URL: http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=75

    A wonderful new batch of AikiWeb Columns are now available for your reading pleasure: Transmission, Inheritance, Emulation 28 (Part One) from Peter Goldsbury; It Had to Be Felt #57: Saito Morihiro: "Soft Strength" by Ethan Weisgard; In a Good Place by "The Mirror"; and, Only the Silence by Ross Robertson. As always, your comments in the thread following each column are appreciated by the authors, so please be sure to leave them your thoughts. All previous columns may be found here: http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=75

  • Submit an Aikido News Item

  • Categories: Aikido

    Seagulls

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 04/16/2017 - 06:00
    Seagulls

    Seagulls sport over the parking lot
    Screeching and cavorting
    Fighting over discarded scraps
    How low they have come
    So, so far from any waters
    And their original natures
    Children today wonder why
    They are called seagulls?



    www.nothing-works.com
    Categories: Aikido

    Hi!

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 04/09/2017 - 05:50
    Hi!

    I say Hi! to the rock
    And give it a name:
    You are rock.
    No response from the rock
    I say Hi! to the wind
    And give it a name:
    You are wind.
    No response from the wind
    I say Hi! to the moon
    And give it a name
    You are moon.
    I talk to and name many things
    But I am ignored
    Phenomena is complete within itself
    It does not need me to mediate
    If I just sit and watch and listen
    Communication is there



    www.nothing-works.com
    Categories: Aikido

    Pages

    Subscribe to Furiously Eclectic People aggregator - Aikido