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The Circle and the Spiral

I often think of Aikido in philosophical terms. When a teacher gives advice about how to do a technique physically, I sometimes translate it into advice on how to live my life. It doesn’t always happen, and I’m not always … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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O’Sensei

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 … Continue reading

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True Emptiness

“If you have not Linked yourself To true emptiness, You will never understand The Art of Peace.” ~O’Sensei, The Art of Peace I’ve been contemplating what the phrase “linked yourself to true emptiness” means in this poem, at least in … Continue reading

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The Practice of Peace

**Today my dojo is participating in our town’s annual Peace Fair. I decided to repost this blog about the practice of peace in honor of the event and in the ideal of peace.** “The choice between love and fear is … Continue reading

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Responsibility, Teaching, Training

**This is the latest of the essays I wrote before a black belt test. I wrote it April of 2014.** Lining up to bow in to class one afternoon, the teacher (a fellow yudansha) said, “Look to your left.” We … Continue reading

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Aikido and Dance

**I wrote this in 2011 when I was preparing for my second degree (nidan) black belt test. If you’d like to read the essay for my shodan test, it’s here.** “Move like a beam of light; Fly like lightning, Strike … Continue reading

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My Aikido Path

I wrote this in 2007, when I was up for promotion to shodan (first degree black belt) in Aikido. My teacher asks all of us who test for dan rank to write an essay about how Aikido affects our lives. … Continue reading

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Posture in Aikido

In just three weeks, Mary Heiny, an amazing and highly respected sensei (teacher), will be visiting my dojo to give a seminar. I’m excited about it! Heiny Sensei has been training for about 40 years. To me, that in itself … Continue reading

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Aikido and a Garden Hose

“Spiritual power. Not muscle power” ~Saotome Shihan Aikido is not about physical power. At least, it is not supposed to be. When you watch a high level teacher practicing Aikido, it often looks fake. The reason it looks fake is … Continue reading

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