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Nanakorobi Yaoki

Mon, 02/04/2019 - 02:37
Nanakorobi Yaoki

Seven times down
Eight times up

Damn, I've actually lost count
Of all the times I was
Knocked down or fell down
But, I still get up

Categories: Aikido

Learn the Secret Technique...

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 17:43
While I was training under Kato Sensei, he taught that each Kyo has a significant meaning: Ikyo - Physical Strength, Nikyo - Technique, Sankyo - Flow, Yonkyo - Focus, Gokyo - Disarm.

In light of that teaching, I've been creating my vlogs to highlight that teaching. I just finished my vlog on Nikyo, which is about technique. And yes, the title is click bait, and if you are wondering, there really is no secret technique, but the obvious, deliberate practice, and hours, weeks, months, years, decades...of deliberate practice.

Watch my vlog, comment, share, like and subscribe to my channel!

Categories: Aikido

Oh, Buddha

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 21:08
Oh, Buddha

Pain is inevitable
Suffering is optional

Oh, Buddha
How much I hate you!

Categories: Aikido

Staying in Shape is VITAL!

Wed, 12/26/2018 - 18:39
I've been teaching Aikido for about 20 years now, and I've made it an important point to stay in shape. Teaching means that I don't get to train a full hour or two like my students do and get a really good work out, burn calories, gain strength...all that good stuff that comes with training....maybe that's why so many aikido instructors are overweight!

So I've put together my own training program with running, pushups, sit ups, pull ups and my favorite Rock Climbing! Sometimes I get super lucky and only one or two students show up for class; then I get to train! I love those days.

I put together a vlog detailing one of my workouts. Check it out and please subscribe to my youtube channel:

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Categories: Aikido

Chop Wood, Carry Water

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 00:17
Chop Wood, Carry Water

Before enlightenment:
Chop wood, carry water
After enlightenment:
Chop wood, carry water
No difference….
Why bother, then?
The actions are the same
But, how you do them
How you feel about them

Categories: Aikido


Thu, 12/13/2018 - 01:53

I find that when I try to grasp water
It turns out to be an exercise in futility
But, my hand still gets wet

Categories: Aikido

How to Become a World Class Aikidoka!

Wed, 12/05/2018 - 13:36
So, you think you need natural ability or talent to get good at Aikido.....think again! Geoff Colvin wrote a book called, "Talent is Overrated: What Really Separates World-Class Performers from Everybody Else."

It's a great read and very inspiring, well, to a certain degree...don't think it's easy to become great. There are two main ingredients to becoming great and two things that are going to help you get there.

Watch my vlog to learn more about what you need to become a world class Aikidoka!

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Categories: Aikido