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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.
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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.

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    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



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    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.

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    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/.

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    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.

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    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

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    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



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    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
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    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.

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    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



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    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.
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    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.

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    2017 Aikikai Hombu Dojo New Years (Kagamibiraki) Promotions List

    Aikido News - Sun, 01/08/2017 - 07:49
    2017 Aikikai Hombu Dojo New Years (Kagamibiraki) Promotions List
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 8. Jan 2017, 07:49am
    URL: http://www.aikikai.or.jp/pdf/suisen/h29-0.pdf

    The 2017 Aikikai Hombu Dojo New Years (Kagamibiraki) Promotions List has been announced and may be downloaded (PDF) here. Congratulations to everyone listed who has been granted a promotion!

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    Step Through

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 01/08/2017 - 07:01
    Step Through

    Only in pain
    Can you know pain
    Only in joy
    Can you know joy
    Only in experience
    Can you know experience
    Thinking and learning
    Will only get you so far
    Drop them off at the threshold
    Mystical everyday life beckons
    Step through



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    Flowers Bloom

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 01/01/2017 - 02:51
    Flowers Bloom

    A monk shits is the woods
    Flowers bloom in multicolored forests
    The sun hurries across the sky
    As does the silver moon
    What does it all mean?
    Everything? Nothing?
    Yes



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    Return for Zen

    Aikido Blogs - Sat, 12/31/2016 - 15:16
    Wow, another two years 'off the mat'. Never returned to the dojo following the groin injury I sustained in late 2014. I don't believe that taking some time to heal and go to physical therapy was a problem but life took hold and I stayed away. That said, I did continue my basic warmup exercises and deep breathing at home.

    Made the decision to return and even stopped by the dojo last night with my wife (Rita) and 15 month old son (Christian). We visited with Sensei which was great and he was excited to have me back and extended an invite to the New Years Day seminar to us.

    The plan of action right now is to prep at home for at least 3 weeks with daily stretching and exercise to prevent lower back, hip, groin injuries if possible. I don't doubt that this will be a recurring problem over time but I will not take a break from the dojo the next time and will simply scale back my training until I can ramp it up again. This way I can use classes/sessions as rehab for the injuries while still studying.

    Sensei says that Christian can begin studies at 6 years old although I hope he can start when he is 5. Cant wait until this is something that we can share together if he takes interest in it enough to want to continue after Rita and I introduce him to it.

    Until next time...
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    Promise

    Aikido Blogs - Sun, 12/25/2016 - 06:10
    Promise

    At this time of year
    When I do zazen
    And I am deep
    Deep into the silence
    The deepest silence
    I hear something
    A whispering something
    Coming closer, closer
    And I see a light - reddish

    With a subdued roar
    And swish of parting air
    Rudolph, leading eight friends
    Passes over me
    On a mission of joy
    But, looking back at me
    Santa smiles in understanding
    With a promise to return
    When I am ready



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    William Gleason Shihan at the Cleveland Aikikai , 1/27-1/29/2017

    Aikido News - Sat, 12/24/2016 - 20:15
    William Gleason Shihan at the Cleveland Aikikai , 1/27-1/29/2017
    From: Andrzej Siwkiewicz posted on 24. Dec 2016, 08:15pm
    URL: http://clevelandaikido.com/events/

    William Gleason Shihan will be visting Cleveland Aikikai teaching the 2017 Winter Aikido Seminar in Cleveland, Ohio. Gleason sensei holds the rank of 7th dan in aikido and is the founder and head instructor of Shobu Aikido in Somerville, MA, USA. He is an author of books about aikido, spirituality and kototama. William Gleason Sensei studied Aikido from 1970 to 1980 at the main world headquarters (Hombu Dojo) in Japan and also with Yamaguchi Seigo Shihan. During that same period, Gleason Sensei studied swordsmanship (kenjutsu) as well as Japanese language, classical music, and Eastern religion. Since 1985 Gleason Sensei has continued to practice and teach under the auspices of Mitsugi Saotome Shihan and the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba. Keiko will be held January 27-29, 2017 at the Cleveland Aikikai dojo on the 3rd floor of the Asian Town Center, 3820 Superior Avenue,Cleveland, OH 44114. Seminar schedule: Friday January 27, 7-9 p.m., Saturday January 28, 10-12 p.m. and 3-5 p.m., Sunday January 29, 10-1 p.m. Cost $130 for the seminar, or $35 per class. For more information email: clevelandaikikai@gmail.com or call: 216-369-9292

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    Cognard Shihan 8thDan in Padua, Italy (November 26-27 2016)

    Aikido News - Sat, 12/24/2016 - 20:15
    Cognard Shihan 8thDan in Padua, Italy (November 26-27 2016)
    From: Andrea Debiasi posted on 24. Dec 2016, 08:15pm
    URL: http://www.aactg.it/images/aactg/pdf/2017/Cognard%20Padova%202016_En.pdf

    "Accademia di Aikido e Cultura Tradizionale Giapponese" & "Kokusai Aikido Kenshukai Kobayashi Hirokazu Ryu" are pleased to announce a seminar conducted by Cognard André Shihan 8th Dan (Hanshi, Dai Nippon Butoku Kai), which will take place in Padua, Italy on November 26-27 2016. All affiliations, levels, and juniors are welcome. Check out the details in the: flyer

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