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Doubt

Aikido Blogs - Sun, 11/19/2017 - 03:12
Doubt

My great ball of doubt
Is firmly rooted in my great faith
And great tenacity of purpose

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Uchi Deshi Program at Ki Aikido Dojo Rodgau, Germany

Aikido News - Tue, 11/14/2017 - 09:52
Uchi Deshi Program at Ki Aikido Dojo Rodgau, Germany
From: Ki Aikido Dojo Rodgau posted on 14. Nov 2017, 09:52am
URL: http://www.ki-aikido-rodgau.de/english/

At Ki Aikido Dojo Rodgau, Germany, the Uchi Deshi Program has been active since February 2015. There are currently 2 uchi deshi living and training at the dojo. Since the living area has been expanded recently, we can accept 2 more uchi deshi beginning in January 2018. Please see our website for a detailed program description...

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    Fearful Rocks

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 11/12/2017 - 01:54
    Fearful Rocks

    Fearful rocks brace themselves
    Against the crashing waves
    Others, fearless, reach out
    Embracing the charging seas,
    Knowing that their destinies
    Are intertwined

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    Cognard Shihan 8th Dan in Venice, Italy, December 2-3 2017

    Aikido News - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 19:50
    Cognard Shihan 8th Dan in Venice, Italy, December 2-3 2017
    From: Andrea Debiasi posted on 11. Nov 2017, 07:50pm
    URL: http://www.aactg.it/images/aactg/pdf/2018/STAGE%20CognardMestre%202017%20engl.pdf

    "Accademia di Aikido e Cultura Tradizionale Giapponese" (AACTG) & “Kokusai Aikido Kenshukai Kobayashi Hirokazu Ryu” (KHR) are pleased to announce the Aikido Seminar conducted by Cognard André Shihan 8th Dan (Hanshi, Dai Nippon Butoku Kai) in Venice-Mestre, Italy, on December 2-3 2017. The seminar is open to everyone. All affiliations, levels, and juniors are welcome. Check out the: English flyer

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    Michael Leung Sensei 50 Years in Aikido Anniversary Workshop

    Aikido News - Sat, 11/11/2017 - 19:50
    Michael Leung Sensei 50 Years in Aikido Anniversary Workshop
    From: Hong Kong Aikido Kan posted on 11. Nov 2017, 07:50pm

    Hong Kong Aikido Kan is pleased to present Michael Leung Sensei,6th Dan Aikikai, 50 Years in Aikido Anniversary Workshop to be held on Sunday, 12th November 2017 from 2:30 pm to 5:30 pm at Function Room 1, 2/F Queen Elizabeth Stadium, 18 Oi Kwan Road, Wanchai, Hong Kong. The Workshop will be a celebration of Michael Leung Sensei's 50 years'dedication to the development of Aikido in Hong Kong. Michael Leung Sensei is the direct student of Kenneth Cottier Shihan, 7th Dan Aikikai, and was the former chairman of the Hong Kong Aikido Association. He founded Hong Kong Aikido Kan in 2006 as a full time Dojo dedicated to the promotion of Aikido in Hong Kong. Michael Leung Sensei's lifelong philosophy is to "Realize Aikido", applying the philosophy and principles of Aikido in one's business career and daily life. He will share and reflect on his 50 years' studies and experience in Aikido at the Workshop which will include instructions and an Embu. All Aikikai members are welcome to join and the Workshop will be free to all Aikikai members subject to acceptance of application. Aikikai members joining the Workshop must bring their jo, bokken and slippers to the Dojo. All participants are responsible for their conduct and safety for others in training. Hong Kong Aikido Kan will not accept any liability or any claim on injury and loss of property on attendance. Please apply for attendance before Wednesday, 8th November 2017 and arrive the Dojo for registration by 2:00 pm. Hong Kong Aikido Kan reserves the right of refusal to any application. To apply for attendance please email: aikidokan@biznetvigator.com.

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    Without End

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 11/05/2017 - 00:24
    Without End

    In each stroke of the bell
    With each clap
    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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    Ukemi

    Aikido Blogs - Tue, 10/31/2017 - 19:40
    There is much to be said about ukemi, but I have observed from close that there is difference between understanding ukemi and talking about ukemi.

    As a beginning one should always be aware the gift of ukemi that uke is giving you is priceless, so treat it as a precious gift, be grateful for being offered this gift and show this gratitude by training open, honest and respectful. And offer ukemi to your training partners.

    Following that, one should realise that ukemi is more than 50% of your aikido, more than 50% of your techniques and more than 50% of all that you do. This is too often not clear to those that are training. This not from malice or ill will but from not being exposed to good ukemi.
    It is very tempting to see how much of a technique you can resist or frustrate. Yet in the end all you were building was your own dojo superpowers and you weren't helping your partner, even though you thought you were. But worst than that, you weren't helping yourself and cheating your partner out of an opportunity to learn.

    One often hear people claim Aikido is about love, about harmony. That aikido is life. Yet as uke they train without harmony. They haven't learned the difference between uke being alive and uke being dead. As uke they don't give, but expect to overtaken, to be conquered. Why is it harmony if nage gets his way?

    I have been fortunate. All my teachers have told me to do ukemi. Not as an obligatory part of training, not as a necessary evil to be undergone to get to the good part, but as a main buildingblock of my development. If you don't understand the technique, then take ukemi for that technique again and again and again. Ah, you wanna become beter at Aikido, then take one year of only ukemi and learn, feel and learn. Give, give, give until you know why giving is receiving.

    So I give. I don't correct my partners when they don't offer to change roles after 4 techniques. I happily offer ukemi.

    And now for something completely different, lets talk about ukemi. Ukemi isn't about doing high falls. Ukemi isn't being unbalanced, ukemi isn't about having things done to you to which you have to react. That is what my teachers called being dead. If uke is dead, then the exercise won't be aikido. Ukemi is about being alive. It is about living and being alert, about being outward, about being connected and about being natural. There is nothing natural about being hit, whether it be by a hand or by an on storming bus. Alive is moving with what happens.

    Being alive is a difficult concept. Knowing you have to be alive is different from being alive. That is why we train and why ukemi is a major part of our training.

    I have made a list of what being alive is in my opinion (and this is still a work in progress) but I also found that a lot of people genuinely don't understand what I am rambling about.
    • Be aware of what is happening and what you are doing. Somethings you don't want to do or actively avoid. You should not be bent over so avoid or correct that. Nage shouldn't be behind you so avoid or correct that.
    • Rolling is good. Rolling is being alive, but don't confuse it with slamming or bouncing. Absorb whatever is happening into a dissipation of energy by escaping with a roll or tumble.
    • Be humble and let go of expectations. You can only go with the flow if you are with the flow. It is not possible to outthink the flow, it is not possible to predict the flow. Oh, and surprise, the flow can be anything from doing a technique to cleaning the dojo to relating to others.
    • Stay with the contact. Only rolling, tumbling to safety and away from your partner as the flow directs is where uke can release the contact.
    • Rolling away is escaping. It is not something to survive a technique, but it is something to escape a hazardous situation. Away, away, away. Flow toward safety at top speed.
    • Ukemi is for learning Aikido. Ukemi is for learning to throw the other. The goal of proper ukemi is to learn and do proper Aikido, so you will never be thrown when not offering the gift of ukemi to the other.
    • Connect the hands, connect everything, but move the feet.
    • Follow through to discover the points of escape, reversal. Follow through to discover where there are openings, not to exploit them (unless this is what you are specifically training with your partner) but to discover them and use them to learn. But be honest in this. The flaws you discover in your partner's technique are more than likely to be your own flaws.
    • Shield yourself from harm, but don't disturb the flow. Blocking equals stopping. Stopping means being a dead uke.
    • Don't assume. Assumption is like trying to predict the flow. Be honest and accept what is happening. Accept your partners. Accept life. Be grateful.

    Be humble and listen how the universe sings.


    Erik doesn't matter
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    Serenity prayer aikido

    Aikido Blogs - Mon, 10/30/2017 - 12:12
    Serenity prayer aikido-- what can I change? what can I accept?

    And yes, Wisdom to know, now please.

    Let uke grab and hold. Notice how it feels. Breathe, seek wisdom by staying with the feelings and moving with the energy provided.

    The answers come in the situation, courage to change what we can, ourselves. Serenity to accept we can change ourselves, Wisdom to know which is which.

    In life it can be trickier because bad motives cower behind good intentions. Careful attention must be paid to the now so the responsibility that comes from acceptance of what we can change does not allude or overwhelm us.

    True technique and true love are rooted in this prayer and this practice.
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    Adrenaline

    Aikido Blogs - Sat, 10/28/2017 - 23:40
    Adrenaline

    Once
    I greedily accepted adrenaline
    As it rushed into my system
    Prepping me for battle
    Now, I pause, asking myself
    If I truly want it or need it?

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    Sea Without a Shore

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 10/22/2017 - 22:31
    Sea Without a Shore

    I close my eyes
    And enter a sea without a shore
    What need, then, do I have for a compass?
    Can I ever sail in the wrong direction?

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    Hironobu Yamada Shihan 8th Dan Aikikai passes away

    Aikido News - Tue, 10/17/2017 - 08:43
    Hironobu Yamada Shihan 8th Dan Aikikai passes away
    From: Michael Leung posted on 17. Oct 2017, 07:43am

    With great regrets, Hong Kong Aikido Kan reports on the passing of Hironobu Yamada Shihan, 8th Dan, Aikikai, on 15th October, 2017. Yamada Shihan was the Founder of Hokuso Aikikai and Hokuso Aikikai Holland, and Technical Director of Hong Kong Aikido Kan. He was also a distinguished Shihan of the traditional martial art of Katori Shinto Ryu. Yamada Shihan began his Aikido career in 1963 at the Jiyugaoka Dojo under Hiroshi Tada Shihan, 9th Dan Aikikai, and has studied under Tada Shihan for over 50 years. Yamada Shihan established his first Dojo, the "JAL Aikido Club" (Japan Airlines Aikido Club) at Narita Airport in 1976. He founded the Hokuso Aikikai un 1983 and was also Shihan of the Yachimata Aikido Association. Yamada Shihan dedicated his life to the growth of Aikido both in Japan and internationally. Yamada Shihan taught extensively in Asia and was the Technical Director of Hong Kong Aikido Kan. In Europe, Hokuso Aikido Holland is an affiliate of Hokuso Aikikai and Yamada Shihan trained thousands of Aikido practitioners with the Russia Aikikai. He had close ties with Dojos in China, Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Brazil, Peru and other countries. Our deepest condolence to his family, loved ones, friends and students.

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    The Full Moon

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 10/08/2017 - 00:57
    The Full Moon

    The full moon
    Rising in a clear night sky
    So simple, so beautiful

    The full moon
    Rising in a clear night sky
    So simple, so beautiful


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    Shinjiro Yokoyama in Houston, Texas - Oct. 20-22, 2017

    Aikido News - Mon, 10/02/2017 - 12:20
    Shinjiro Yokoyama in Houston, Texas - Oct. 20-22, 2017
    From: Jorge Garcia posted on 2. Oct 2017, 11:20am
    URL: http://www.shudokanaikido.com/modules/xoopsfaq/index.php?cat_id=21

    Shudokan School of Aikido invites all affiliations of Aikidoka to enjoy training with under a wonderful teacher from Tokyo,Japan. Yokoyama Sensei trained exclusively under Hiroshi Kato, 8th dan for two decades. He is a young man who has internalized the teachings of Hiroshi Kato along with his own understanding of this art through his own training and pursuit of this art. Our Seminar will be from October 20-22, 2017 and will be held at the Samurai Martial Arts dojo at 17111 Kieth Harrow, Houston, Texas 77084. Bring a bokken and Jo because we will also be covering Kato Sensei's unique weapons system for advanced aikido movement. For more information,call Jorge Garcia at 281-630-0361

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    Seminar with Tres Hofmeister Sensei, October 6-8, 2017

    Aikido News - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 21:04
    Seminar with Tres Hofmeister Sensei, October 6-8, 2017
    From: Marta Crispens posted on 1. Oct 2017, 08:04pm
    URL: http://nashvilleaikikai.org

    Nashville Aikikai will be hosting a seminar with Tres Hofmeister Sensei on October 6-8, 2017. The seminar will be held at the Nashville Aikikai dojo at 1701B Fatherland St, Nashville, TN. If you are traveling from out of town, please be aware that I-24 will be closed from the I-40 split to the I-65 split starting at 8 PM Friday night, so you will need to give yourself a little extra travel time. Hope to see you there.

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    October 20-22, 2017: Mary Heiny Sensei in Brattleboro, Vermont

    Aikido News - Sun, 10/01/2017 - 21:04
    October 20-22, 2017: Mary Heiny Sensei in Brattleboro, Vermont
    From: Don Hebert posted on 1. Oct 2017, 08:04pm
    URL: http://www.rvaikido.org/2017/08/mary-heiny-sensei-fall-seminar-2017/

    October 20-22, 2017: Mary Heiny Sensei in Brattleboro, Vermont Mary Heiny Sensei has been practicing Aikido for almost 50 years. It is our great fortune that she continues to deepen her understanding of this amazing art and is so willing to share what she has learned. This annual seminar is both small and intimate so that each person has the maximum opportunity to receive the benefit of Mary's unique and insightful teaching. River Valley Aikido, Brattleboro, Vermont.

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    Shodan

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 09/17/2017 - 03:48
    Shodan

    Shodan
    The sword is ready
    Now it must be polished

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    Shirakawa, Ryuji in Calgary, Alberta Oct. 6-8th 2017

    Aikido News - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 14:12
    Shirakawa, Ryuji in Calgary, Alberta Oct. 6-8th 2017
    From: Andrew Barron posted on 11. Sep 2017, 01:12pm
    URL: http://www.calgaryaikikai.com

    We are excited and looking forward to training with 6th dan Ryuji Shirakawa Shihan of Sendai, Japan once again this Canadian Thanksgiving. This three day seminar with this dynamic sensei is not to be missed. This will be Sensei’s only North American seminar in 2017 and is scheduled for October 6th, 7th and 8th. Please join us on the mat as Sensei teaches us with his characteristic humour, intensity, and powerful technique. If you haven't seen him check out: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tock4srHlcI

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    Mary Heiny Sensei in Oberlin, OH, Oct 6-8, 2017

    Aikido News - Mon, 09/11/2017 - 09:48
    Mary Heiny Sensei in Oberlin, OH, Oct 6-8, 2017
    From: Andrzej Siwkiewicz posted on 11. Sep 2017, 08:48am
    URL: http://clevelandaikido.com/events

    Mary Heiny sensei will be coming back to Oberlin to teach our Fall Seminar October 6-8, 2017. She last visited Oberlin 10 years ago, so we are very pleased she is coming this year again. Mary Heiny Sensei (6th dan) has followed a path of physical and spiritual inspiration for more than forty five years, as a student and teacher of Aikido. She started this journey in 1965 after watching O'Sensei teach a class at Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan. Heiny Sensei brings to every class, workshop, and seminar she teaches not only her years of aikido training and teaching, but also her extensive experience and study of Japanese culture, language, Shinto and Buddhist philosophies, and Non-Violent Communication. She strives always to communicate the beauty and challenge of O'sensei's desire that we use Aikido to become empowered as creative, compassionate beings and learn to appreciate each other as members of one human family. Seminar keiko will be held at the Hales Gym, Oberlin College, 180 West Lorain Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074-1016: Friday, October 6, evening class at 7 - 8:30 p.m., Saturday, October 7, morning class at 10 - 12 p.m., and afternoon class at 3 - 5 p.m., and Sunday, October 8, morning class at 10 - 12:30 p.m. The full seminar cost is $110, or $35 per class. All affiliations are welcomed. Preregistration is recommended and housing available in hotels nearby. For more information visit: http://clevelandaikido.com/events/, or call 216-3922274.

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    Brutal Clarity

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 09/10/2017 - 21:58
    Brutal Clarity

    Brutal clarity
    Comforting illusions
    Is there really a choice?

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    Tom Collings Sensei in Seattle, WA, 9/30 - 10/1/2017

    Aikido News - Thu, 09/07/2017 - 09:12
    Tom Collings Sensei in Seattle, WA, 9/30 - 10/1/2017
    From: Jason Mallia posted on 7. Sep 2017, 08:12am
    URL: http://squareup.com/store/tenzan-aikido/item/seminar-with-tom-collings-sensei

    Tenzan Aikido presents Tom Collings Sensei's practice which goes beyond style to demonstrate how each of us, using the principles of Aikido, can personalize our training and meet adversity with compassion. Tenzan Aikido Bruce Bookman Kaicho 7700 Aurora Ave N Seattle, WA 98103 (206) 525-4032

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