Jan 16, 2021: Aikido Bridge Seminar (Zoom)

Aikido News - Fri, 01/01/2021 - 21:05
Jan 16, 2021: Aikido Bridge Seminar (Zoom)
From: Lisa Tomoleoni posted on 1. Jan 2021, 09:05pm

Jan 16, 2021. Join us in celebrating the 15th Anniversary of the Aikido Bridge Seminars. The Bridge Seminars began in San Diego at Jiai Aikido. Jiai will host this celebratory seminar on January 16, 2021 over Zoom. All affiliations, dojo, and styles are welcome. See our website for further information:

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    How to Hold The Sword for Aikido

    Aikido Blogs - Sat, 11/28/2020 - 22:51
    With COVID-19 it's not easy to get your Aikido practice in. I've switched to mainly weapons training these days and put together a video on how to hold the sword for Aikido practice.

    While in Japan, I learned that the weapons training should compliment and build the Aikido practice and techniques.

    Aikiweapons and Aikido are part of the same system. Lifting a sword is like lifting your partner when executing a technique.

    Watch my video on how to hold the Japanese Sword:

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    Shape of My Heart

    Aikido Blogs - Fri, 11/06/2020 - 18:33
    Shape of My Heart

    Patton and Rommel
    Machiavelli and Sun Tzu
    Think they know the shape of my heart
    Much better than you

    I'm a lost warrior poet
    Caught up in a febrile dream
    Dancing with Musashi and Beowulf
    Faraway on an errant moonbeam

    But it is Tu Fu and Basho
    Lord Byron and Poe
    Firing madrigals and haiku
    That will bring me back to Glasgow

    Dickinson and Angelou
    Whitman and Hughes
    Providing inspiring stanza
    That never fail to amuse

    Armed with rhyme and meter
    Along with blade and gun
    I have Kipling and Frost
    Wordsworth and Donne

    But you know the shape of my heart
    Longs for refuge and care
    Far from desolate battlefields
    Away from constant bloody warfare

    How I long to just sit with you
    Sharing Twain and Alighieri
    Nestled securely under a shade tree
    Distant from any mindless savagery

    Patton and Rommel
    Machiavelli and Sun Tzu
    Musashi and Beowulf
    Don't really know my heart like you

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    Merely Human

    Aikido Blogs - Sat, 10/17/2020 - 23:14
    Merely Human

    The monumental prospect
    Of being merely human
    To praise existence itself
    Though our own death is preordained
    The small beauties of ordinary life
    The small evils of ordinary life

    The Stoic would speak of
    Right Perception, Right Action,
    And Right Will
    Buddhists, of the Eightfold Path
    Me, I'm not so disciplined
    I just sip my coffee
    Writing checks for things
    I can't afford

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    A Place For Everything

    Aikido Blogs - Wed, 09/23/2020 - 23:04
    A Place For Everything

    A place for everything
    And everything in its place
    Such easy, simple, and sound advice

    Shoes all lined up
    Paired as they should be
    Books listed by alphabet and subject
    Easy, simple, sound
    Life as contained as a Bible verse

    What's that shoe doing over there
    In that dusty corner?
    Is that a book I see
    Nestled in with the fire logs?

    Does the sun remain locked in place?
    The moon stationary in the night sky?
    The rain only wet you once?

    Sitting on the green hillside
    Overlooking the flowing river
    Clouds playing with the rising sun
    An ant crosses over my bare foot

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    Obituary: Hiroshi Somemiya Shihan (1932-2020)

    Aikido News - Mon, 09/21/2020 - 07:51
    Obituary: Hiroshi Somemiya Shihan (1932-2020)
    From: Michael Leung posted on 21. Sep 2020, 06:51am

    It is with great sorrow and deep regret that we have to announce Hiroshi Somemiya Shihan, 7th Dan Aikikai, passed away peacefully at home on 11th September at the age of 88. Somemiya Shihan is the Patron of our Dojo, Hong Kong Aikido Kan, a role he kindly took on following the passing of his close friend Kenneth Cottier Shihan in June 2008. He was also the former General Secretary of the International Aikido Federation (IAF) and Head of Overseas Department at Aikikai Hombu Dojo. Somemiya Shihan contributed greatly to the development of Aikido across the world, especially in Hong Kong and in other countries in Asia. [More details in forum thread]

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    Patty Saotome Sensei Passes Away

    Aikido News - Sun, 09/20/2020 - 11:17
    Patty Saotome Sensei Passes Away
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 20. Sep 2020, 10:17am

    I have received news that Patty Saotome (7th dan shihan, Aikido Schools of Ueshiba) has passed away. She was a longtime student of Mitsugi Saotome (8th dan) since 1975 and taught at various dojo including the Sarasota Aikikai Dojo, Aikido Shobukan (Washington DC), Chicago Budokan, and the ASU Aiki Shrine (Myakka City, FL). She was instrumental in translating her husband’s work into English including for his book “Aikido and the Harmony of Nature” for which she also edited and did the photographic work. My condolences go out to her family, friends, students, and loved ones.

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