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Latest "It Had To Be Felt" Column on Yokota Yoshiaki

Aikido News - Mon, 01/13/2020 - 21:31
Latest "It Had To Be Felt" Column on Yokota Yoshiaki
From: Jun Akiyama posted on 13. Jan 2020, 09:31pm
URL: http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25726

The latest “It Had to Be Felt” article on Yokota Yoshiaki (8th dan) is now available for your reading pleasure! Written by Rionne McAvoy (4th dan), the article writes about how Yokota sensei kept him from quitting aikido and later influenced Rionne’s entry into Japanese professional wrestling. Worth a read!

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    2020 Aikikai Hombu Dojo Kagami Biraki Promotions List

    Aikido News - Sun, 01/12/2020 - 01:17
    2020 Aikikai Hombu Dojo Kagami Biraki Promotions List
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 12. Jan 2020, 01:17am
    URL: http://www.aikikai.or.jp/pdf/suisen/2020.pdf

    Aikikai Hombu Dojo has just published its annual Kagami Biraki ranking promotions list. Congratulations go out to everyone listed! Who do you recognize on the list that you would like to congratulate?

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    Apr 24-26, 2020: Hoa Newens Sensei at Austin Iwama Aikido

    Aikido News - Fri, 01/10/2020 - 20:22
    Apr 24-26, 2020: Hoa Newens Sensei at Austin Iwama Aikido
    From: Christopher S. Field posted on 10. Jan 2020, 08:22pm
    URL: http://www.iwama-aikido.com/austin/events.html

    Join us April 24th - 26th, 2020 as Hoa Newens Sensei kicks off the celebration of Austin Iwama Aikido's 10th anniversary! All styles are welcome. Sign-up before February 8th, 2020 for the early registration discount.

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    Passing of O Sensei student Norman Miles

    Aikido News - Fri, 01/10/2020 - 20:22
    Passing of O Sensei student Norman Miles
    From: Margaret Miles posted on 10. Jan 2020, 08:22pm
    URL: https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/las-vegas-nv/norman-miles-6978338

    Hello. I would like to pass along the belated news of the 2016 passing of my father, Norman Miles, who was one of the first foreign students under O Sensei (you can see him in this image: http://www.aikidonorthwest.co.uk/ethos.html). The memory of his dedication to Aikido, and the memorabilia I have from his time under O Sensei, have been a tremendous comfort since his passing. Not sure if my "Uncle" Kenny (also pictured in the photo) is still around - so many of the foreign students scattered to different corners of the world to start their dojos. Though my father did not move on to open a dojo of his own due to military business obligations, I think Uncle Kenny went to either Isle of Man or South Africa to spread O Sensei's teachings.

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    But...?

    Aikido Blogs - Thu, 01/09/2020 - 01:04
    But…?

    5 and 5 are 10.
    2 and 8 are 10.
    1 and 9 are 10.
    You should harmonize like this

    So I've been advised
    But….?


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    Jan 20, 2020: Thomas Collings Sensei 6th Dan in Bellmore, NY

    Aikido News - Tue, 12/24/2019 - 19:00
    Jan 20, 2020: Thomas Collings Sensei 6th Dan in Bellmore, NY
    From: Jason Mallia posted on 24. Dec 2019, 07:00pm

    The Skills of Non-Violence & Peacemaking for Aikido Students January 20, 2020 @ 2200 Merokee Place, Bellmore, NY 11710. Phone # 516.428.7893. Seminar is from 10AM-3PM. Registration is 9 am. Fee for the seminar is $60. seminar will be on De-escalation techniques, safety awareness, activating our innate early warning abilities, emergency stress management, understanding O-Sensei's Takemusu Aiki and much more.

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    Nafudakake

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 11/17/2019 - 23:53
    Nafudakake

    The Nafudakake
    The name-board in our dojo
    Is full of students' names
    And their various ranks

    I look at it
    My name is up there
    Among many others
    But the names and ranks
    Are not final destinations

    Our Nafudakake is an active record
    Of history and potential
    Not a hard set of names and ranks
    With no past or future

    Our Nafudakake is a circle
    Actually a spiral, the dojo
    At its center, with
    Ranks lowest to highest
    Spiraling outward

    Some names even drift off
    The board, off the spiral
    Flowing somewhere into
    An ever-changing world
    Not necessarily an Aikido one

    But some start their own dojos
    Fresh and bright
    Full of dynamic energy and hope
    Creating their own spirals
    Within their own Nafudakake

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    Saboru

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 11/10/2019 - 23:41
    Saboru

    Sometimes I don't want to practice
    To go to the dojo, do Aikido, and sweat
    To feel effort and pain
    And do that whole misogi thing

    I just want to lounge on my couch
    Watch TV, do nothing
    Or, go and sit in a coffee shop
    Reading, sipping coffee, just veg'ing

    I always thought Saboru would be
    A good name for a coffee shop
    Timeout Coffee, or Saboru Coffee
    But, I know I'll go to practice, anyway

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    Marlory Graham's Response to the Petition for Gender Equality in the USAF

    Aikido News - Mon, 10/14/2019 - 07:38
    Marlory Graham's Response to the Petition for Gender Equality in the USAF
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 14. Oct 2019, 06:38am
    URL: http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?p=354500#post354500

    Here is a great post entitled "Time to Tenkan" by Malory Graham (6th dan, Seattle Aikikai) on the recent petition calling for gender equity in the United States Aikido Federation. [First posted on Facebook; reprinted here with permission.] From the post: "After 30+ years in this male-dominated field, I am not naive enough to think that gender parity will happen overnight in response to a petition. I also don’t think putting a woman on the technical committee as a mere token of affirmative action really addresses the core problem. I’m more concerned about the pervasive sentiment shared behind closed doors that women’s aikido isn’t “technically good enough” to warrant a position on the committee. While I am all for being judged by one’s merit, maybe the whole paradigm about how we place value on 'what is good enough aikido?' and who decides 'what is good enough aikido?' should also be addressed to see if it has bias?"

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    Misogi

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 10/13/2019 - 02:08
    Misogi

    Aikido is my regular misogi practice
    No talking, tongue to roof of mouth,
    Breathing through the nose
    Warm-ups with torifume,
    With furitama, with otakebi
    Responding as uke without thinking
    (Or, at least, trying to)
    Performing as nage without thinking
    (Or, at least, trying to)
    No other-criticism
    No self-criticism
    No self
    Quiet


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    AikiWeb Column: "It Had to be Felt" on Sekiya Masatake by Robert Whelan

    Aikido News - Sun, 10/06/2019 - 16:17
    AikiWeb Column: "It Had to be Felt" on Sekiya Masatake by Robert Whelan
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 6. Oct 2019, 03:17pm
    URL: http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25707

    A new AikiWeb Column entitled "It Had To Be Felt #64: Sekiya Masatake: 'A Living Manifestation of an Art'" by Robert Whelan is now available for your reading pleasure! Do you have personal experience taking ukemi from Sekiya sensei? If so, please write about it in the column thread!

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    USAF Responds to Petition "Support Women in the USAF"

    Aikido News - Sun, 10/06/2019 - 15:53
    USAF Responds to Petition "Support Women in the USAF"
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 6. Oct 2019, 02:53pm
    URL: http://usafaikidonews.com/a-statement-from-the-usaf-board-of-directors-10-3-2019/

    The United States Aikido Federation's board of directors has posted a response entitled "A Statement from the USAF Board of Directors 10-3-2019" to a petition put forth on September 14, 2019 entitled "Support Women in the United States Aikido Federation". The original petition from the Independent Coalition of USAF Women stated, "Specifically, we seek: A. Recognition that gender equity is a valid issue that needs exploration in the USAF through a Gender Equity Task Force. B. Representation in USAF structures as well as USAF activities/seminars at least proportional to member population. C. Removal of barriers to the advancement of women, at all levels of practice. D. A change in the Technical Committee structure to include women on the Technical Committee. E. Transparency, including publication of statistics about gender in the USAF." The response from the USAF Board of Directors provides their views on each of the above points in the petition.

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    Self-Hood

    Aikido Blogs - Mon, 09/30/2019 - 00:36
    Self-Hood

    To say: Ergo cogito, ergo sum
    Is like looking into a mirror
    And saying:
    Look, I have discovered reality
    Can self explore self
    And declare self-hood?


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