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2017-06-06 02:07
I heard an interview on the radio today that was really interesting.  The subject was a fellow who translates Haruki Murakami works into other languages.  The interviewer asked him… Read More
2017-04-22 05:30
Lately in class we have returned to an emphasis on kihon - that is (IMO) making sure that you get all the steps in and making them as distinct as possible.Aigamaeate is the second of the kih… Read More
2017-04-21 13:40
A doctrine that is often attributed to Kano and his successors is that a technique is composed of three (some say 4) parts - kuzushi, tsukuri, kake (and some people add zanshin).kuzushi refe… Read More
Big Techniques Can Teach You BIG Spirit
2017-04-21 00:26
It's amazing how every old dead wise guy seems to say such amazing-sounding stuff.  For instance, I've been told that one old dead wise guy once said, "If you do small techniques you wi… Read More
Shomenate By The Numbers
2017-04-11 21:36
Per my last post, we've started working Junana in more of a kihon mode.  That is, static uke and explicit emphasis on making each phase of the technique (kuzushi, tsukuri, and kake) as… Read More
Parallel Evolution
2017-03-29 14:14
When I'm filtering around the interwebs looking for things of interest, I prefer to look for the commonalities between different approaches rather than the differences.  For instance, I… Read More
A Prefabular Aiki Allegory
2017-03-28 00:53
Aikido is not aiki.  In fact, it is just a primer that we might be able to use to achieve a distant goal.  But a good primer is nothing to sneeze at..If we were to set sail for a d… Read More
Without This, They Drop Like They're Shot
2017-03-26 01:10
In my previous post I posed a question. Does aikido possess a technique or skill that would allow the aikidoka to reliably make a violent opponent stop their misdeeds immediately without nec… Read More
2016-10-07 14:27
I've had some discussion recently with some buddies about the effectiveness of aikido at making a real life bad guy stop what he is doing right now.  That is, when a situation is critic… Read More

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