Growth mindset

As I just got back from Florida Aikikai’s Winter Camp, I wanted to reflect on a few things as they relate to what I feel is a major mission in aikido training.  And that is growth.  Growth in your practice, in your technique, your ukemi, your relationships on and off the mat, and growth in…

It's what under the surface

It’s what under the surface

It’s what under the surface As a culture, I really believe we are goal-oriented in most things we pursue. Our job.  Our desire to improve our life.  Our health.  I think healthy competition is a good thing.  It can motivate us to reach the next level in our journey, whatever the case may be.  The…

What makes a good Aikido student great?

What makes a good Aikido student great? As I approach my 20th year studying Aikido, I find myself reflecting back on the journey. When I started, I really had just one mission: Be a good student. As time passed and I learned from my teacher and many others, I started to observe certain training habits,…

Taking Ukemi for Sensei

Taking Ukemi for Sensei One of the most fun, exciting, nerve-racking, and honoring feelings in Aikido is when you are called up to uke for the teacher. Whether it’s in class or a seminar — as someone who has done both for many Shihan over the years, I wanted to share some of what I…

It’s really up to you.

It’s really up to you. I was recently talking to an Aikido student and at one point of the conversation ‘rank advancement’ or promotion was brought up.  He remarked, ‘It’s not up to me if I ever get promoted’  As a teacher and one who promotes students I thought about this.  It got me thinking…

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Featured on WCNC – NBC Charlotte!

  Featured on WCNC – NBC Charlotte – Aikido of Charlotte These kinds of stories are making headlines across the country. And here in Charlotte, hundreds of women are now taking matters into their own hands. Literally, by enrolling in self-defense classes, like the ones offered at Aikido of Charlotte. “The reality of the world…

Reflections on 18 years in Aikido.

  Reflections on 18 years in Aikido. As I approach completing my 18th year of training in Aikido next month, there are some memories I wanted to reflect on: -Attending my First Winter Camp 9 week after starting. -Attending my First Summer Camp at Colgate University and attending every class for the full week. -Yamada…

Today, I'm speaking with Dan Shook, 7th Kyu

Today, I’m speaking with Dan Shook, 7th Kyu

Today, I’m speaking with Dan Shook, 7th Kyu. Weiner Sensei: What led you to Aikido? Dan-san: I was first introduced to Aikido during my time in college. The school had a diverse selection of athletic clubs and the Aikido Club was the one that resonated with me. When I found out recently that I lived…

Today, I’m speaking with Joshua Baulch, 7th Kyu

Today, I’m speaking with Joshua Baulch, 7th Kyu. Weiner Sensei: What led you to Aikido? Josh-san: I participated in martial arts before, the primary one being brazilian ju jitsu. I was tired of the culture in ju jitsu, which primarily focused on MMA and beating the other person into submission. I wanted culture to be…

shodan promotion

Shodan Promotion

Shodan Promotion “Brent, Congratulations on a very strong performance.” -Sensei Dennis Main, 6th Dan, Shidoin, Chief Instructor “Proud Teacher and even more proud best friend! A cultivation of many years of hard work, dedication and commitment. Shodan translates as ‘Serious Student’, welcome to this new level of training Brent-san, you earned it!” -Sensei Jonathan Weiner,…