The Fourth Way

Fight, Flight, or Freeze. The three ways humans deal with an attack or an extremely stressful situation. Aikido training offers a fourth way–Blend. Absorb an attacker’s energy. Redirect it. Change the nature of the conflict. The way to do this is to maintain your own posture, your own strength, your own space. Relax. Not in …

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The Murk

Is it necessary to have clarity in my aikido practice? It feels like I should, like I should have something to work on and focus on every time I step on to the mat. I don’t. Perhaps the almost two month long break when I was sick has knocked me off my game. Not only …

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Today, April 26th, is the anniversary of the death of Morihei Ueshiba, or O’Sensei as Aikido practitioners call him, which means ‘Great Teacher’. Morihei Ueshiba created the martial art Aikido. Although O’Sensei is no longer with us, his art lives on in all Aikidoka all over the world. There are different “styles” of Aikido, but …

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