Color of Your Mind

Aikido Blogs - Sun, 06/18/2017 - 02:37
Color of Your Mind

Learn about life from life
About death from death
Direct experience
Is the best experience
Do not ponder overlong
Minimize that distance
Between self and object
Then the essential nature
Is revealed
So, kiss the wind
Cry with the rain
Walk the earth
Smell the blossoms
Caress your own tombstone
The color of your mind
Should be the same as that
Which you perceive
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Trust the Wind

Aikido Blogs - Sun, 06/11/2017 - 22:07
Trust the Wind

Flow and harmony
Are usually lacking
In life, in general
Chaos makes us afraid
Makes us unsure
But, trust the wind
Trust its essence
And make it your own
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Video/DVD - Living Aikido Life

Aikido News - Sun, 06/11/2017 - 13:31
Video/DVD - Living Aikido Life
From: Bogdan Heretoiu posted on 11. Jun 2017, 12:31pm

Living Aikido Life is a project dedicated to connecting local Aikido Dojos with educators and parents from K-12 Public Schools in their community, with the intention to explore Aikido’s fundamental principle of conflict resolution based on mutual respect. The film and overall project provides exceptional knowledge in how Aikido’s principles can be applied in our daily lives, regardless of being a Martial Artist or not. For more information please visit

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    "The Language of Aikido" by Michael Hacker

    Aikido News - Wed, 06/07/2017 - 08:47
    "The Language of Aikido" by Michael Hacker
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 7. Jun 2017, 07:47am

    Michael Hacker's new book "The Language of Aikido: A Practitioner's Guide to Japanese Characters and Terminology" has just been released in E-book format! It is a well-researched book steeped with scholarship, personal experience, and heart. I believe “The Language of Aikido” will help clarify the Japanese language as used in Aikido to deepen both the theory and practice of our art for practitioners of our art. An invaluable addition to every Aikido library. Highly recommended!

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    Aikido Blogs - Mon, 06/05/2017 - 23:54

    People and palaces
    Mountains and rivers
    All erode over time
    But the teaching remains

    Kilworth Chapel
    University of Puget Sound
    A gathering, a remembrance
    A commemoration of a life
    But mostly, a celebration
    Of a very special life!
    Solemn, respectful, beautiful,
    But, full of joy, also!

    The chanting, the chanting
    The Heart Sutra - The Heart of the
    Perfection of Understanding

    Something we can all meditate on
    Feeling so familiar and soothing
    Deep, flowing, harmonious...
    The drum, beating in counterpoint
    Occasionally, a bell ringing
    All blending into a comforting whole
    Resonating within the congregation

    Life is but a brush of wind
    Lightly felt upon the world
    So goes an old Chinese saying
    But, not so some lives
    Chiba Sensei left his mark
    In his family, his friends,
    His organization, his art,
    And in all his students

    His life was more like a rock
    Thrown into life's pond
    With ripples expanding out and out
    In ever increasing waves
    With each of his loved ones
    And all his students over the years
    Creating their own ripples, ripples
    A continuation of a heritage and a legacy
    Beyond one mere mortal life

    ... but a brush of wind...?
    Not so...unless that wind
    Was a hurricane!

    Summer Camp...
    As gi and hakama flow
    A gathering of hearts!

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    Broken Barriers

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 06/04/2017 - 23:18
    Broken Barriers

    Once the barriers are broken
    And the hinges smashed
    You look back and see
    That there was no need for violence
    For the gate was always open
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    6/30-7/2/2017: Igarashi Shihan Last Summer Seminar Calgary

    Aikido News - Fri, 06/02/2017 - 10:32
    6/30-7/2/2017: Igarashi Shihan Last Summer Seminar Calgary
    From: Andrew Barron posted on 2. Jun 2017, 09:32am

    Igarashi, K Shihan 7th Dan is holding his last summer seminar in Calgary from June 30th to July 2nd, 2017. After supporting Calgary Aikikai for the almost four decades, as sensei of our founder Inaba, Y Shihan 6h Dan dojo’s ( Calgary Aikikai Established in 1980), and then following Inaba Sensei’s passing, as the mentor, yearly seminar conductor and yudansha examiner, he has decided to reduce his travel and commitments. Igarashi Shihan’s teaching style and wealth of understanding of all aspects of Aikido will forever be cherished by our members. We welcome all former and new students join us in this event. (for information see

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    saviors or abusers?

    Aikido Blogs - Thu, 06/01/2017 - 20:32
    I used to think that all men were saviors. Then I thought all men were abusers.

    When I was a little girl I thought men kept us safe and protected us from the world. After I started training I thought all men hurt women and there was no hope.

    Now I know the truth is complicated. Good men exist. Good men do bad things sometimes. Bad men do bad things and maybe good things sometimes.

    No man is coming to save me. That is my job. I can learn from all situations. Every single moment can teach me about more about survival and thriving.

    I spent many years looking for my knight is shining armor. Trust me…he is not sitting on a bar stool.

    I starting training in Aikido and found a good man: but better than that I found a good woman who no longer was willing to be saved or be abused.

    In aikido I found my own power. It started subtly as I trained with men who rough around the edges but had good hearts. Men who encouraged me to roll and to wear my white gi pants to fit in; that didn’t care if I looked pretty or got sweaty.

    There were men in that dojo that were self-absorbed and sexist …just like there is all over the world. There were men who did not want to be taught by a woman and who told me that women can’t get strong enough to protect themselves.

    I just kept training and teaching. People that did not like our way at our dojo went away. We find that good people stay. We found that men are good and strong and respectful just as women are good and strong and respectful.

    As we change, the people that we surround ourselves with change too. I am responsible for the choices I make. As men and women train together they can receive and give the best from each other.
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    May 2017 AikiWeb Columns Now Available!

    Aikido News - Wed, 05/31/2017 - 15:02
    May 2017 AikiWeb Columns Now Available!
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 31. May 2017, 02:02pm

    This month's batch of AikiWeb Columns is now available! We have a great set of five columns including "It Had to be Felt" columns on Maruyama Shuji by Ron Ragusa and on Matsuoka Haruo by Josh Gold; the first installment of a new series called "Aikido Picayunes" from John Driscoll; an essay on "Training After Shodan" from The Mirror; and, a column entitled "Wei Wu Wei" from 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. Read columns here:

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    Aug 2017: Moore & Krzyzanowski in Poland

    Aikido News - Mon, 05/29/2017 - 19:08
    Aug 2017: Moore & Krzyzanowski in Poland
    From: Kristen Radtke posted on 29. May 2017, 06:08pm

    August 11-13, 2017: Meido Moore Sensei (6th dan) and Tomasz Krzyzanowski Sensei (6th dan) will lead a seminar hosted by Endokan Dojo in Liepaja, Latvia. All welcome! August 14-20, 2017: Meido Moore Sensei (6th dan) and Tomasz Krzyzanowski Sensei (6th dan) will lead the 19th annual international summer camp in Olsztyn, Poland. Students from 8-10 nations routinely attend...all welcome! For information please contact through

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    Christian Tissier in Montreal, Canada, June 28-July 2, 2017

    Aikido News - Sun, 05/28/2017 - 19:43
    Christian Tissier in Montreal, Canada, June 28-July 2, 2017
    From: Shoshin Aikido Montreal posted on 28. May 2017, 06:43pm

    Shoshin Aikido Montreal is honoured to host an intensive summer camp with Christian Tissier Shihan. Beautiful weather, the Jazz Festival, and a variety of other cultural events make this the best time of year to visit Montreal. Come and enjoy five days of exceptional Aikido practice in one of North America’s most exciting cities.

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    Not Sure About this One!

    Aikido Blogs - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 18:18
    "There is nothing more uncommon than common sense." - FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT

    In Japan, I got to experience Aikido in a way that very, very few people around the world get to. I am so thankful for that, but the cost was very, very high.

    I was a bit of a fanatic back then, I'd make the morning practice, and then usually the evening practice and I wasn't even an uchi deshi.

    I enjoyed the mornings because Kisshomaru Ueshiba would usually teach. I met the most amazing people. It was funny because you'd enter the dojo, and the "Old Timers" with the most experience would always line up at the far left, then you had your hot shot, big ego guys on your far right, right next to the entrance. The guys on the left were always way too intense for me, and the guys on the right...well, I just wasn't there to compete. I'd tend to stay in the middle.

    But then one night, one of my Aikido friends, he actually saved my life once (for real), introduced me to a man that always sat way, way on the left, and that changed my life.

    I really didn't believe in Aikido until he threw me (you know Aikido would never work in an MMA match. ) After training with him for over 10 years (until we parted ways), again, I feel like I got to experience Aikido in a way very, very few people get to, and again the cost was very high.

    I guess being independently wealthy has it's benefits...

    Anyway, to get back to my point in all of this, never settle for less than the best no matter the cost, and value what's most important to you in life. To me, it's Faith, Love, Perseverance, Friendship, Honesty, Truth, and most important, God. These things will make your Aikido most powerful.
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    Placid Acheron

    Aikido Blogs - Sat, 05/27/2017 - 00:05
    Placid Acheron

    I stand by the ferry
    Waiting, waiting my turn
    The quay is always crowded now
    And Charon is so busy!
    But I am patient
    The deep abyss of Tartarus
    Can wait a little longer
    Quiet, placid Acheron
    Mother of Styx and Cocytus
    Can ferry me to the underworld
    Anytime, anytime - the dead
    The dead have no need of timetables
    My comrades and I stand easy
    So many battles we fought together
    There is no rush, no hurry
    And Charon is always fair
    He has eternity on his side
    As now, do we

    Please take some time this Memorial Day weekend to remember our military service members, past and present!
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    Are We Really Learning to Fight?

    Aikido Blogs - Thu, 05/25/2017 - 22:36
    I've heard it said many times, "the enemy is not of the flesh." Something so hard to understand. We train ourselves in Aikido to protect ourselves from someone, an enemy, attacking us.

    But that person isn't really our enemy, "the enemy is not of the flesh," so in Aikido not only are we taught to protect ourselves, but also the person attacking. He or she is our brother or sister.

    Yea, sometimes we really want to hurt someone, but isn't that because we're hurting on the inside. Something to think about...
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    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
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    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?
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    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

    "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:

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    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

    "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

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    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......
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    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?
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