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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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Finding the Right School / Instructor

Wed, 08/15/2018 - 01:30
I've been doing martial arts since I was 5 years old, on and off until I was 20, when I really dived in head first and started training every day. I've been to countless schools and studied under many different styles and instructors. Watch my YouTube vlog on the three things you need to know in order to find the right school / instructor:


How to Find a Good Martial Arts Instructor!
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Randori Hurricane

Sat, 08/11/2018 - 23:08
Randori Hurricane

Don't wait -- initiate
Move, move, move…
Don't wait -- initiate
Move, move, move
Relax mind and body
Breathe...
Enter the randori hurricane
Don't wait, don't wait, don't wait
Initiate, initiate, initiate
Move, move, move…!


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Listening

Sun, 07/29/2018 - 00:34
Listening

As uke moves
I listen to what his body says
And listen to my own body's reply
Our conversation ending in a throw


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Reiraku

Sat, 07/14/2018 - 22:28
Reiraku

I wrap myself in my spirit threads
My white garment slowly turning red
Death approaches without quarrel
Wrapping itself tighter and tighter
Till all I can say is Thank you


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God/Me

Sun, 07/08/2018 - 20:54
God/Me

When I got to the end of the universe
I found god waiting for me
Wearing my very own face
No matter how far I travel
Or where I travel to
I find my god/me waiting

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New Aikido

Sun, 07/01/2018 - 21:31
New Aikido

The new Aikido:

Here, please take my center.

No, I don't want your center!

No, take it, I know you want it.

No, I don't want it!

Well, I don't want yours either!


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