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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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Martial art for martial arts sake

“….Money for Gods sake” Isn’t that how the song goes? The root of the lyrics is older than the song itself where contrasting views about the purpose of art became a movement of thought. As one school approached art as something that had its own purpose and did not...

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South America

[ppp_non_patron_only]Travelling in South America was both a fascinating and disappointing trip. It came immediately after 2 years of life in San Diego. Whilst the countries visited, their cities and cultures, the people and the geography were extraordinary and...

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Aikido all the time
Aikido all the time

I think it may have been the summer intensive that was the catalyst for change this year. During my summer break from teaching music, a group of 5 Aikido of London members had the opportunity to participate in a week-long Aikido intensive, much needed after a year or...

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CHILL OUT
CHILL OUT

My travels as a beginner and a woman in Aikido My teacher Ismail Hasan Sensei once said "One sign of a good dojo is when there is a healthy balance of men and women in it". When I reminded him of that, he said "Did I say that? I can't remember but it sounds good.”...

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