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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



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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

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    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?



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    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



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    Long Time no Post

    Aikido Blogs - Sat, 04/08/2017 - 01:09
    It's been a while since I visited Aikiweb. I've been enjoying a recent resurgence of training, which has felt wonderful on many levels. There have been days where I wasn't feeling great, but I trained, and that gave me a very nice sense of accomplishment. I've struggled off and on with depression since I was 9 years old, and while there have been many ups and downs, I am pleased to say I feel better than I have in a long time. Adapting to life in increasingly improved ways has created a positive momentum, and as always, what training I can manage contributes as well. My sons are growing strong and smart, and are a constant pleasure. We practice together sometimes...as best we can given their ages of 5 and 7. It's more play than serious training, but that's developmentally the way things work. Little by little they make progress and the play takes on a more formal appearance while staying fun.
    ...The arc of life is always fascinating to me.
    Recently I got to watch a father and son who train at our dojo take their first test together. They move really well and train all the time and it was such a cool thing to see them put on the spot and perform. Yesterday I got to see them training in hakama, and learn how to adjust to the new layer that has been added, literally and metaphorically. I remember the feeling when I first wore hakama and how it added a new feeling to the practice. Good times!
    I'm looking forward to more learning and witnessing the unfolding of time. I could blather on for a long time, but I'll just end by saying I appreciate the many voices I've been able to listen to here and express a general sense of gratitude for all the things in my life. It wouldn't be what it is without them.
    Be excellent!
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    Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan at Oberlin Aikikai, April 28-30, 2017

    Aikido News - Thu, 04/06/2017 - 11:15
    Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan at Oberlin Aikikai, April 28-30, 2017
    From: Andrzej Siwkiewicz posted on 6. Apr 2017, 10:15am
    URL: http://clevelandaikido.com/events/

    All are welcome to join Oberlin Aikikai for the May Fair Seminar featuring Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan of Boulder Aikikai. This year Ikeda Shihan will visit Oberlin College April 28-30th, 2017. Ikeda sensei has been visiting Oberlin for more than 30 years teaching May Fair seminars and sharing his unique insight into Aikido. He travels around the world often participating in Bridge seminars that include teachers from other organizations and arts. Keiko will be held at the Hales Gym, Oberlin College, 180 West Lorain Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074-1016: Friday, April 28, evening class at 7 - 9 p.m. Saturday, April 28, morning class at 10 - 12 p.m., and afternoon class at 3 - 5 p.m. Sunday, April 30, morning class at 10 - 1 p.m. The seminar cost $140, or $40 per class. Preregistration is advised and housing available in hotels nearby. For more information visit: http://www.oberlin.edu/stuorg/Aikido/events.htm or http://clevelandaikido.com/events/, or call 216-3922274. See you on the mat, Andrzej Siwkiewicz Oberlin Aikido Club Head Instructor

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    Long Drives

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 04/02/2017 - 06:39
    Long Drives

    Sometimes, late at night
    I go for long drives
    With a full moon, low, and

    Bright on the horizon
    I drive towards it
    I never reach it, of course

    I know this
    But, I drive and drive
    Relentlessly, I drive



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    Empty Streams

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 03/26/2017 - 01:28
    Empty Streams

    Do empty streams
    Cascading over jagged white rocks

    Rushing towards the great sea
    Really need you or me?



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    Aiki Extension 2017 Conference - Call for Presenters

    Aikido News - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:41
    Aiki Extension 2017 Conference - Call for Presenters
    From: Aviv Goldsmith posted on 22. Mar 2017, 11:41am
    URL: http://www.aikiextensions.org

    The 2017 Aiki Extensions US Conference will take place October 6-8 at Aikido in Fredericksburg, VA. The Conference Committee is seeking dynamic, qualified presenters to organize 60-minute sessions exploring the application of aikido in everyday life. AE is currently inviting presentation proposals through April 21. The Conference Committee will announce the final schedule in May. Please put thought into your proposal as not all presentations will be accepted. Successful proposals will align closely with one of the Conference tracks: Peacemaking, Education, Business, Body & Mind. If you have any questions, please contact staff@aikiextensions.org

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    USAF Summer Camp 2017 Registration Now Open

    Aikido News - Tue, 03/21/2017 - 11:19
    USAF Summer Camp 2017 Registration Now Open
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 21. Mar 2017, 10:19am
    URL: http://usafsummercamp.com

    The United States Aikido Federation's 2017 Summer Camp registration is now open! Taking place July 30 through August 5, 2017 in Galloway, New Jersey with Yoshimitsu Yamada (8th dan), Hayato Osawa (7th dan), the USAF Technical Committee, and USAF Instructors. More information on their website.

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    Smile

    Aikido Blogs - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 22:38
    Just smile.














    Erik doesn't matter.
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    go to class when you want to be a couch tater

    Aikido Blogs - Mon, 03/20/2017 - 16:46
    Uke is a positive role. It is not just waiting to be nage. Aikido is not about overpowering each other but learning, together, how to resolve unrest, conflict and disorder.

    Uke provides nage with the opportunity to feel another person’s energy, physicality and essence. Nage provides uke with the opportunity to let go in a controlled environment, to not have to be in total control and to give a gift of energy.

    Aikido happens when uke and nage work together to resolve the conflict or attack of the moment. Being as in the now as one can be makes the experience so fun and educational.

    By being the best uke or nage we can be in each moment we provide earnestness.
    Earnestness is defined as: sincere and intense conviction. It is such a sacred gift to give to each other. In this world where really being seen and heard by others is rare and fleeting we come together in the dojo to see and feel each other deeply as we strive to become safer and more comfortable in the world.

    Everyone can’t be a wildly athletic uke or a smooth polished nage. Yet we can start right where we are and do our best. That is all earnestness requires of us. We just be who we on any given day.

    Some days I feel totally healthy and happy. Other days I feel grumpy and sore. I have practiced when I was limping because of an injured knee from carrying too much weight for my frame. I got to practice from a revolving armless office chair that was actually fun when I got over my ego. I had a chronic back injury for years that is finally fixed by a super intuitive physical therapist and now I can sport freely in all realms. I lost weight and my knees have healed completely.

    What I learned through that 10 year process was that I had value on the mat anyway; whether I was perfectly healthy or not. I do have way more fun when I am healthy. But all practice is valuable. So challenge yourself to go to class when you want to be a couch tater.

    We love to see you. Yes, even if you can’t fall. Even if you are just watching. You matter. As do we all.
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    Moon Death

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 03/19/2017 - 06:06
    Moon Death

    I watch from a distance
    As the moon dies

    Up close, it still dies
    Is there no remedy?



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    I'm Back

    Aikido Blogs - Fri, 03/17/2017 - 19:37
    Was thinking about titling this blog entry, I'll Be Back, but then realized that won't work, because I am back. Wow, it's been 7 years since my last blog post. that's 7 more years of Aikido without posting about it. That means I must have a lot saved up to talk about. I've seen so much and experienced so much. I've been to a few seminars, and amazingly I'm still learning more and more. I must be getting stronger cause the other day I was able to pull of 200 pull ups, not all at once, but all with in 30 minutes.

    I look forward to writing about all the wonderful things and changes that have occurred in my Aiki-life.

    Check back soon!

    Erik Sasha Calderon
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    Umbrella of Heaven

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 03/12/2017 - 07:14
    Umbrella of Heaven

    Under the umbrella of heaven
    I follow my whimsy and delight
    Cascades of secret joy
    Flowers cover the path
    I walk and walk
    Ahead, I see home...




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    Perfection

    Aikido Blogs - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 21:25
    I have had the good fortune of experiencing nearly perfect Aikido as uke.
    This was too long ago, the teachers that showed me that Aikido are no longer alive.

    Now there is no-one. There are plenty of interesting things to study with a lot of teachers, but something is missing. I study. I train. But something is not there.

    I want to study the techniques that beginners train. No fancy stuff, simple ikkyo, because that simple ikkyo is missing something essential. No fancy stuff, just simple irimi, because that simple irimi isn't like I felt.

    Erik doesn't matter
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    Stanley Pranin Passes Away

    Aikido News - Thu, 03/09/2017 - 20:45
    Stanley Pranin Passes Away
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 9. Mar 2017, 08:45pm
    URL: http://https://www.facebook.com/aikidojournal/photos/a.145774785480361.29655.117079708349869/1401091119948715/

    Stanley Pranin of Aikido Journal passed away on March 7, 2017. There is more information in this Facebook post. My condolences go to his family, friends, and loved ones.

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    Without End

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 03/05/2017 - 06:50
    Without End

    In each stroke of the bell
    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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    13th Annual Potomac Aikikai Aniversery Seminar - 7/28-30, 2017

    Aikido News - Sat, 03/04/2017 - 15:11
    13th Annual Potomac Aikikai Aniversery Seminar - 7/28-30, 2017
    From: Edward Jones posted on 4. Mar 2017, 03:11pm
    URL: http://potomacaikikai.com/news/

    Hello folks, Would like to let everyone know that we are planning to have our (Potomac Aikikai) 13th Anniversary Seminar on Friday, July 28 - Sunday, July, 30, 2017. Asim Hanif Sensei will be out from Scottsdale Aikikai to join us for all there days of the seminar. We will have our 6th Annual Potomac Aikikai Pool Party on Sat, July 29th after training at the home of Ed Jones in Great Falls, VA. All participants are welcome to attend. Additional guest instructors will be announced in the coming weeks. Best regards, Ed (On behalf of Potomac Aikikai)

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    Aikido Tai-Sai Shugyo Retreat - April 22 & 23, 2017

    Aikido News - Sat, 03/04/2017 - 15:10
    Aikido Tai-Sai Shugyo Retreat - April 22 & 23, 2017
    From: Jason Mallia posted on 4. Mar 2017, 03:10pm
    URL: http://aikidoshugyo.eventzilla.net/web/event?eventid=2138894636

    Please join us for a weekend of intensive meditation, breath work and Aikido practice on the anniversary of O-Sensei’s passing. Inspired by the Founder’s powerful example, we will integrate deep internal disciplines into our Aikido practice and our lives. Retreat will be led by Tom Collings Sensei, 6th Dan, author of Searching for O-Sensei. Collings Sensei was uchi deshi at O-Sensei’s Iwama Dojo and has over 40 years of monastic training.

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