1st Kyu

I was recently honored by the opportunity to test for 1st Kyu – in front of not only my teachers but by their teacher, Demko Sensei. This test was very different than any of the ones previously in that I had very little tension or anxiety! That was very strange for me. Maybe it had…

slight-edge

The Slight Edge

As a 52 year old 5 year aikido beginner I have observed a few things regarding consistency. • When I started I didn’t have endurance to be mentally present, so I had to develop endurance. I did that by breathing. ALOT. Learning to exhale at the most extreme part of the movement took time but…

Most Experienced Aikido Charlotte Dojo - Leadership

What you do matters.

I want to share something important with you all: What you do matters. I learned long ago that the best chances of my success is to study the habits of the most successful people I can get access to in a particular field. In 2012 as I started my Aikido journey I studied the best…

Recovering from an Injury

A fact in the life of every active person is the inevitability of getting injured. While the circumstances that surround the actual injury or how serious the injury is are important that’s not what I want to focus on. I want to focus on a method that will help you recover and get back on…

The Value of Open Mat

Open mat has been one of the most important parts of my Aikido journey so far. It’s a predetermined time (outside of normal class times) when a Sempai takes time out of his life to open the dojo and give a motivated Kohai the opportunity to rehearse. 2 important observations about open mat: Use the…

Goal Setting – Part 3

This is part 3 of 3. What is the magic bullet in the goal setting process? The answer is evaluation. Think “steering the ship”. Our short term goals are set and achieved. Our long term goals are in the future and require a small buy in. We’re now in “no mans land” chasing a mid…

Goal Setting – Part 2

This is part 2 of 3. So, setting a short term goal isn’t difficult to set nor is it difficult to attain. Because it is easy to hit 6th Kyu we are juiced to carry on the journey to our long term goal. But it’s here where the danger starts – we forget the midterm…

Goal Setting – Part 1

This is part 1 of 3. Goal setting is the most critical behavior to success and yet is the most misunderstood. Every single successful person (regardless of endeavor) that you know, has at some point set goals. If you set goals you have the POTENTIAL to succeed, if you don’t set goals you are guaranteed…