Aikido techniques are neither fast nor slow. Continue Reading »
Insight into "being present" from Takuan Soho (1573-1645), Rinzai Zen master Continue Reading »
A reflection on the importance of practicing peaceful discourse. Continue Reading »
In Aikido, refining one's spirit, showing respect, and developing awareness are equally important to learning the physical techniques. This part of the practice is not as concrete as the steps we take to learn each waza, however we do have a set of guidelines that have been passed down to us by our Sensei's and Sempai, that provide a foundation for this training. Observing the rules of etiquette helps put us in a more focused mindset, teaches us to appreciate the history of the art, and gives us way to show our respect. Continue Reading »
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