Aikido

New Tomiki Aikido Website

Aikido News - Sat, 03/04/2017 - 15:10
New Tomiki Aikido Website
From: Von Ryan posted on 4. Mar 2017, 03:10pm
URL: http://www.tomikiaikido.ie

Hello Aiki World, just a quick bit of local news from Ireland. Dublin Tomiki Aikido is Ireland's newest/youngest Tomiki Aikido club and home to the National Junior and Senior competitive Squad... please drop by and visit us at http://www.tomikiaikido.ie

  • Submit an Aikido News Item

  • Categories: Aikido

    Upwards and Onwards

    Aikido Blogs - Fri, 03/03/2017 - 14:03
    So I have been back to training for two weeks. That said, it has only been for two classes and the goal is to continue a weekly class for a few weeks, add a second, and perhaps ramp up to three classes per week. With my daughter coming within the next three weeks (and having a 1.5 year old already) I am sure that my wife will need my assistance at home for a few months; so steady as she goes with class frequency for a bit. Important thing is to continue, supplement with daily workouts at home, and to prevent my previous groin injury from recurring.

    It is still there...I can feel it. It is deep in my core on the right side and after the first class it felt very irritated. Stayed that way and prevented me rolling on my right during the second class. Important thing though is that class, senior instructors, and Sensei are all about helping me to modify training for now. That said, my goal is to add a little more each week. For example during the first class I did mae ukemi on right and left side (about 5 on each side) well after the warm ups and after having already taken some basic ukemi (falls with collapsed leg backward) during a refresher of the basic kyu 6 techniques. Second class I jumped in line for alternating rolls across the dojo, but could only manage on the left side (my left is very strong) but was not able to roll (or to scared to because of the thought of impending muscle pull) on the right.

    I think many take mae ukemi for granted but they shouldn't as for some it is harder on the body than others. Myself, my body shape is that of a pear so I basically roll like a box until I get the edges smoothed out. Ha! This is worsened if I am having sciatica on the right side as I am on 80% of days. Ukemi and waking up the body does seem to 'mask' the pain though. So it is convenient that I am back as a kyu 6 because I know I will be made to take mucho mucho ukemi till I am worked in.

    On another positive note, I had made the decision NOT to ask to come back as kyu 4 which is where I originally left off. I will get there eventually again, no big deal, and I get to enjoy the journey from the beginning again. At the end of the first class though, Sensei approached me and asked me how long I had trained previously. I told him and I guess that I kept some good forms over the years and it is amazing what muscle memory does when it is re-triggered. Anyhow, he noted kyu 4 on my new membership card so it was a good feeling.

    The Qi Gong and the standard pre-class warms ups at home daily are definitely helping me to feel more strong and stable. Gotta work that psoas muscle right it is every important for a strong core.

    Onwards and Upwards!
    Categories: Aikido

    Mist

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 02/26/2017 - 07:49
    Mist

    The mist stretches
    For a million miles
    There is no escape
    Lacking any choice
    I continue on
    All I can see is
    The rocky path
    Continuing...



    www.nothing-works.com
    Categories: Aikido

    Intent

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 02/19/2017 - 07:15
    Intent

    Alive with intent
    I move to the edge
    And jump off



    www.nothing-works.com
    Categories: Aikido

    Answers

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 02/12/2017 - 07:55
    Answers

    I was born
    To pain, doubt, fear,
    Perhaps, with some relief
    And, maybe some love
    But, such are the conditions
    Of all births, surely
    I learned to navigate
    The ups and downs, downs,
    More downs, of life
    I tried not to become too bitter
    And was as successful as some
    Perhaps, most...
    I sought out answers
    To this and that - and more this
    I even sought out answers
    To questions I didn't even know I had
    A much more difficult task
    Let me assure you
    Sometimes I catch glimpses
    Fleeting glimpses of something
    Something beyond the obvious, but
    As Lord Buddha once said:
    You're fucked whatever you do!
    At least, that's what I think he said
    But, then, he was always
    Saying weird shit -
    Weird to me, anyway
    Be that as it may
    While I still search
    I don't, in actuality, expect
    To find any real answers



    www.nothing-works.com
    Categories: Aikido

    a bit graphic --

    Aikido Blogs - Sat, 02/11/2017 - 23:53
    Today in class I got triggered…I started to feel like I was going to throw up. I felt teary and shaky inside. We were doing an irimi nage and Ron asked us get inside nearer to uke that I like to. I like to take their balance earlier to avoid the intimacy that comes from a closer in throw.

    When I was 24 a really big guy, about 6’6” who must have weighed at least 350 pounds knelt on my shoulders and shoved his penis in my mouth and down my throat. I thought of him in class while the panic attack was starting. I felt my body disappear and the trapped feeling come back
    .
    In the past I have stayed on the mat when these feelings come up but today was different. I did not try to deny the feelings. I noticed them. I gently observed to myself, “Oh, you feel nauseous…are you going to cry?”

    Next, I felt my feet on the blue mat. I noticed the other people in the dojo…There was Jocelyn. There was Anne. I see Ron.

    I breathed deliberately in through my nose and out through my mouth several times. I kept moving. I attacked when it was my turn to be uke. I consciously asked questions through the panic that was hovering about a correction I received as nage. I felt my hakama with my hands; I felt the inside of my mouth with my tongue. And I could not feel my center.

    Near the end of class Ron had us a do a centering exercise. I told him I could not find my center. He reminded of an exercise we do to explain centering to someone who has never met her center.
    He told me to place my hands on the outside of my abdomen just below my belly button. Then he asked me if I could feel my hands on my abdomen. I could.

    He said, “Go inside your body with your consciousness just between your hips under your where you can feel your hands. He asked, “Can you feel your center?” I could. I lost my center when I took my hands away but I found it again each time he reminded me how to do it again. It took three times before I was able to keep my center. I asked him for help all three times. He patiently reminded me how to do the exercise.

    I am writing this because I have been training in aikido for 30 years. This simple centering exercise still helps me. A better way to say it is that it saves me. I don’t have wander about anymore in a panic.

    Techniques help.
    Trusted people help.

    I can help myself with a little changed behavior like noticing how the mat feels to my feet on the floor. The panic attack subsided. I was able to stay in the now; accepting that, yes, a big man hurt me when I was 24 and I don’t have to hurt myself today.
    Categories: Aikido

    uke should.....

    Aikido Blogs - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 21:54
    When the judgments pop up on the mat what can we do about them?

    You know what I mean, sometimes in my head I hear "you (meaning me) suck", or "uke (meaning you) should relax more or follow better" and so on….

    None of the above is conducive to blending or correct feeling. So what I do is notice the thought, feel the feeling and keep training. My experience is that the process of noticing, feeling and continued training works very effectively. I am not wasting any time or energy denying or minimizing my negative self-talk. I am not building a case against uke by focusing on what I think is wrong with them.

    Usually for me, those kind of thoughts are proceeded or followed by an uncomfortable feeling.

    So I breathe in deeply, I exhale fully and wait my turn, then I do the next thing I am supposed to be doing, whether it is bokken movement, attacking my nage of throwing my uke. I pay very close attention to what I am supposed to be doing and before I know it my mind is clear again and my spirit flies free.

    I can't control what my mind thinks initially.

    I can respond in a powerful way by being present with my thoughts and feelings, letting them pass and focusing on the task at hand.
    Categories: Aikido

    Return Next Week

    Aikido Blogs - Mon, 02/06/2017 - 14:51
    After several weeks of preparation I am ready to return to the dojo next week to resume my training. Basically starting from square one after many years away. One of the biggest regrets in my life but feeling excited and anxious to make Aikido part of my life again.

    My right hamstring is still aggravated and I cannot tell whether it is injury or nerve related. Must be injury as the pain is localized ether at it's origin at the inferior hip or at it's insertion behind the knee. Never pain in both places as it switches off. I have been doing daily aiki tai so, qi gong (thanks for the recommendation Lynn), and stretching post warm up. Some range of motion has returned but the pain itself is still there.

    Ran the Surf City 1/2 Marathon yesterday and did decent in spite of no training per se. This was not part of my prep training and was something I had scheduled several months out. Was able to do warm up this morning so, hey, I guess I still got some push and drive going. Funny how those wonderful endorphins from even light exercise make you feel great even if you are extremely sore and limping around the day after a race.

    Plan is to take a few recovery days this week and then return for perhaps 2 days per week so as not to over do it like last time which caused a groin pull from lack of rest. Wish I wasn't so injury prone but that is not the case. Hopefully my preparation and then consistent study will reduce that likelihood.

    Until next time.
    Categories: Aikido

    New dojo opening -- New York City Aikido

    Aikido News - Sat, 02/04/2017 - 14:54
    New dojo opening -- New York City Aikido
    From: Sherman Lau posted on 4. Feb 2017, 02:54pm
    URL: http://fudo-shin.com

    New York City Aikido held its first classes on Feb. 2, 2017. The dojo was founded by Tracy Alpert and Sherman Lau, longtime students of Mitsugi Saotome shihan and Hiroshi Ikeda shihan. NYCA is affiliated with Aikido Schools of Ueshiba (ASU). Classes are currently scheduled for three days a week in midtown Manhattan.

  • Submit an Aikido News Item

  • Categories: Aikido

    Silence & Stillness

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 01/29/2017 - 07:53
    Silence & Stillness

    Only in silence and stillness
    Can you truly know yourself
    From this source of knowledge
    And deep, deep strength
    You can go forth
    And swim in the sea of suffering
    That is called the world
    And actualize the path to end it



    www.nothing-works.com
    Categories: Aikido

    Help Stanley Pranin's Medical Fund

    Aikido News - Tue, 01/24/2017 - 23:27
    Help Stanley Pranin's Medical Fund
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 24. Jan 2017, 11:27pm
    URL: http://www.gofundme.com/stanley-pranin

    Stanley Pranin, editor-in-chief of Aikido Journal, has helped contribute to the world of aikido through his decades-long dedication as a researcher and historian of aikido. According to his GoFundMe page: "After months of low appetite and poor health, Stan was diagnosed with advanced stomach cancer. Weakened by the disease, Stan’s ability to work and further his aikido studies has diminished, but his will to fight is strong." Please help Stanley's medical fund by contributing to this campaign. And, please share to spread the news. My best wishes go out to Stanley as he enters into his recovery process, and to his family and friends as they provide support.

  • Submit an Aikido News Item

  • Categories: Aikido

    Frank Doran, 8th Dan, Shihan, in Baltimore, March 17 - 19, 2017

    Aikido News - Tue, 01/24/2017 - 23:27
    Frank Doran, 8th Dan, Shihan, in Baltimore, March 17 - 19, 2017
    From: Jim Sorrentino posted on 24. Jan 2017, 11:27pm
    URL: http://www.facebook.com/events/218259408635256

    Baltimore Aikido will host a seminar with Frank Doran-sensei from March 17 to March 19, 2017. Classes will meet on Friday from 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM; Saturday from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM and 2:30 PM - 4:30 PM; and Sunday from 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM. The cost of the seminar will be $150 for the entire weekend, or $60 per class. Aikidoka of all ranks and affiliations are welcome. For more information, please visit https://www.facebook.com/events/218259408635256/.

  • Submit an Aikido News Item

  • Categories: Aikido

    Toshiro Suga, 7th Dan in Edinburgh, Scotland, 2-4th June 2017

    Aikido News - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 15:17
    Toshiro Suga, 7th Dan in Edinburgh, Scotland, 2-4th June 2017
    From: scott reed posted on 23. Jan 2017, 03:17pm
    URL: http://www.edinburghaikido.co.uk/seminars/

    Toshiro Suga returns to Edinburgh for his annual seminar. Toshiro began aikido in 1968 at Hombu Dojo, Tokyo and was a senior student of Tamura Sensei, 8th Dan. He lives and teaches in Paris and conducts seminars worldwide. The course is open to everyone - please bring aikido weapons and proof of insurance.

  • Submit an Aikido News Item

  • Categories: Aikido

    Koretoshi Maruyama in Kendal, UK (8-10 July, 2017)

    Aikido News - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 15:17
    Koretoshi Maruyama in Kendal, UK (8-10 July, 2017)
    From: Mike Haft posted on 23. Jan 2017, 03:17pm
    URL: http://www.takagashiradojo.co.uk/maruyama-2017-seminar/

    Koretoshi Maruyama Sensei, Founder of Aikido Yuishinkai will be teaching a seminar in Kendal UK on 8-10th July 2017. Maruyama Sensei was a deshi of Morihei Ueshiba for 13 years. In 1972 he was appointed Chief Instructor of the Ki Society by Koichi Tohei and was eventually designated as Tohei Sensei’s successor. In 1991 he resigned from the Ki Society and entered a temple for a period of 10 years, after which he toured extensively establishing Aikido Yuishinkai. Aikido Yuishinkai has influences from the internal aspects of Daito Ryu and Ki-Aikido, as well as Shinkage Ryu sword, the technical curriculum represents Maruyama Sensei’s desire to pass on the aikido he learned directly from the founder himself

  • Submit an Aikido News Item

  • Categories: Aikido

    Who am I?

    Aikido Blogs - Mon, 01/23/2017 - 01:03
    Who am I?

    Tell me, who are you?
    The Buddha is queried
    I am he who woke up.
    Was the response
    So goes the ancient story
    So simple, so profound
    So, when I sit, once settled
    I start off my session
    With that very question:
    Who am I?
    I let it reverberate
    Bounce around inside my head
    I watch it slip over the edge
    And come back up
    Again and again
    Who am I?
    Who am I?

    I am still waiting for an answer



    www.nothing-works.com
    Categories: Aikido

    Preparation and Progress

    Aikido Blogs - Fri, 01/20/2017 - 15:31
    I have been continuing my daily Aiki taiso, stretching, and (recently included) Qi Gong morning sessions at home in preparation for a return to training in February. Going from a completely sedentary 10 months (no excuses for this so I resist the urge to make them here) to an immediate return to training would only cause reinjury to either my groin, hamstring, or right knee...so any and all prep work I can lay down now will only enhance my training now. Additionally, I am about 15-20 lbs heavier than before. Gotta get the weight down.

    As far as range of motion and lower back discomfort in addition to the snapping hip everything feels a bit stronger from doing consistent Aiki taiso. I may even consider pushing the return to the dojo back in additional two weeks to continue preparing.

    Started a new job two weeks ago corporate job sitting at a desk all day but they're very progressive and they encourage the 2020 20 rule getting up and stretching every 20 minutes and walking every 20 minutes . So I do a lot of stretching at work and whatever else I can in my office without looking like a complete crazy person.

    Progress is good on words and upwards will touch base again here in the next two weeks
    Categories: Aikido

    Meido Moore and John Mazza in Chicago, 2/18-2/19/2017

    Aikido News - Wed, 01/18/2017 - 23:49
    Meido Moore and John Mazza in Chicago, 2/18-2/19/2017
    From: Kristen Radtek posted on 18. Jan 2017, 11:49pm
    URL: http://www.shinjinkai.org/kangeiko-signup

    Shinjinkai will hold its annual Kangeiko - winter training seminar - on February 18-19. Meido Moore Sensei (6th dan) and John Mazza Sensei (6th dan) will instruct. Weapons training will include a session instructing the use of striking implements such as tessen. Students of any organization or level are welcome; info and registration online at www.shinjinkai.org.

  • Submit an Aikido News Item

  • Categories: Aikido

    Dojo Tiger

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 01/15/2017 - 07:20
    Dojo Tiger

    He had mastered kata
    And thought himself invincible
    A real dojo tiger
    But he had not thought beyond
    Beyond mere form, mere kata
    At the place where victory
    Wasn't assured, wasn't preordained
    A warscape where blood,
    Pain, and death lived

    The awakening was shocking
    Was brutal - but his opponent
    Called blood, pain, and death, home
    To be treated with the fear and respect
    They deserve and demand
    And be paid a regular tithe
    So, planning for victory
    Also meant planning for defeat
    The opening was where it always was
    In the space between the forms -
    The gaps - where true victory lies



    www.nothing-works.com
    Categories: Aikido

    buoyed by response to beginner's class

    Aikido Blogs - Sat, 01/14/2017 - 16:06
    We are running a beginner’s class and I am buoyed by the response. We had 3 new people on the mat on Thursday night. Other times in recent years we have had no response to the offer of a beginner’s class.

    When we first started offering basics classes about 25 years ago the response was great….often 12 to 14 people would attend. It seems to me that the trend now had been for more confrontational arts. I think MMA has had an influence on people who are interested in martial arts.

    Maybe now the pendulum is swinging back to people being interested in martial arts for other reasons than to beat people up or to be stronger than everyone else. I sure hope so. We are ready. Let the influx continue.
    Categories: Aikido

    Pascal Norbelly Passes Away

    Aikido News - Sun, 01/08/2017 - 08:09
    Pascal Norbelly Passes Away
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 8. Jan 2017, 08:09am
    URL: http://www.aikido-rouen.com/actualite/disparition-de-pascal-norbelly/105.html

    Pasal Norbelly (6th dan, Aikido Bonneuil) has passed away due to cardiac arrest on the eve of January 7, 2017. He was 55 years old. Norbelly started training in 1975 under Bernard Palmier then under Christian Tissier and other Aikikai instructors including Masatoshi Yasuno, Mistugi Saotome, and Seishiro Endo. He received his 6th dan in 2005. My condolences go out to his family, friends, students, and loved ones.

  • Submit an Aikido News Item

  • Categories: Aikido

    Pages

    Subscribe to Furiously Eclectic People aggregator - Aikido