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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!

click on the thumbnail below, or you can click on this text....
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Ikkyo - The First Principle

Tue, 10/09/2018 - 15:18
While in Japan, I learned a lot about the philosophy of Aikido. I learned some of the meanings behind the techniques, for example, Ikkyo. Ikkyo translate into first principle, but what does that mean?

The first principle, or foundation, to learning aikido is physical. That means that you need to exercise, you need to watch what you eat and drink, you need to take care of your body. As we age, we grow in strength, as long as we're sticking to a good routine and good habits!

Click on the thumbnail to check out my latest vlog on Ikkyo:

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Power of Bliss

Sun, 09/09/2018 - 00:20
Power of Bliss

She sits in my lap
The power of bliss
Pouring through us
She is my goddess of dawn
And brings joy beyond belief

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Don't Forget to Breath!!!

Fri, 09/07/2018 - 17:13
Breathing is a very important part of Aikido. Kokyu, or breathing is in every technique, we even have two specific techniques named Kokyu-ho and Kokyu-Nage.

Check out my vlog on breathing and how it relates to Aikido and life! Click on the thumbnail below:

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Walking the Path

Sun, 09/02/2018 - 01:03
Walking the Path

Walking the path
I approach the gate
Passing the gate proved easy
So, gaining confidence, I continued
With more faith and more energy
Till I approached another gate
With a little more struggle
I passed this gate too
Ahead, I see yet another gate
Ah, each gate is not the gate
But a gate, one apparently, of many
But all gates are on the same path
Each gate is not a barrier to overcome
But a threshold to leap through
Offering and gaining new insights
New meanings, with each passage
Now, when I approach a new gate
I pause and thank it for the lesson
Before passing on through

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The Road to Success is Paved with Failure

Mon, 08/20/2018 - 13:17
Learning to fall is one of the first things you learn in Aikido. You can't really learn any techniques until you learn the art of falling without getting hurt.

I think I read somewhere that O'Sensei said that he used the earth as a weapon. If you throw someone hard enough, the ground will definitely not be friendly.

I like to match learning ukemi, or falling, to the art of learning to Fail. Failure is something we all have to deal with, and the faster we get back up again, the sooner we will reach success...

Check out my video blog on The Art of Ukemi:

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