Where are you?

Where are you? Where are the young people in Aikido? I am talking about the 10 – 15 year olds but even more so the 16 – 25 year olds. The life of a dojo or anything for that matter is dependent on the youth in society to fill in the space behind the grown ups. Aikido...

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Gradings and development

Why do we bother with them? Why does a non competitive martial art continue to use gradings and their reward, a promotion followed by a certificate as a measure of achievement? It doesn’t take much effort to realise that there is a massive disparity in quality between...

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Silence

A couple of years ago I was watching a fascinating film, Into great Silence filmed at La Grande Chartreuse, a Carthusian monastery in the French Alps. The most striking thing about the film was the absence of any music or narration. The viewer only sees and hears the...

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Relax!

If there was ever an oxymoron, a contradiction in terms and an often over used word, it is ‘Relax!” Its use has morphed into a parody of sorts when heard in class for the umpteenth time. It is also undeniably true. If you watch good martial art, good boxing or dance,...

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What’s in a mile?

Many a myth would flourish in San Diego Aikikai. Most of these would be centred around Chiba Sensei’s past accomplishments, rumours, a lot of Chinese whispers and his inclination to perpetuate them. It was part of his “Brand”. There were many of these and one that...

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AIKIDO SENSEI AND SEMPAI…

Recollections Of My First 25 Years On The Mat: by Arthur C. Lockyear Anyone present at the 1991 Budo Sai Festival in Durham, England, would certainly remember the explosive demonstration given by Ichiro Shibata Sensei, 6th Dan of the of the Berkley Aikikai,...

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