Aikido & Masks

With everyone wearing masks these days in public, you may soon find yourself training in the dojo with a mask. It can totally be done, but should be undertaken with proper prior planning. Go slow. You will be training with less oxygen as a result of the mask, which will cause you to tire more quickly.…

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…

How to fold a Hakama

How to fold a Hakama

  How to fold a Hakama Hi, today we’re going to talk a little bit about Hakama folding in Aikido, and more particularly about Hakama folding here at Aikido of Charlotte. It’s very much a part of our culture. Hakama folding is something that you are encouraged to learn how to do early on in…

Rank promotion

Rank promotion in Aikido Rank promotion in Aikido, as in any martial art, is a solemn and special occasion and there is an etiquette to receiving a promotion certificate. It’s important to realize that your Sensei is recognizing your hard work and effort with a promotion and at the same time, give them thanks for…

Talk Less. Do More.

Talk Less. Do More. In the dojo, we often make the point that there is only ever one instructor on the mat. It is never appropriate to offer your own instruction, unless directed by the instructor of the class (or if your partner is unknowingly doing something unsafe). Keeping that in mind, there is also…

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…

2018 Karl Kuehne Budo Distinction

2018 Karl Kuehne Budo Distinction The Karl Kuehne Budo Distinction is a yearly honor bestowed upon the student who truly embraces the Budo philosphy. This honor was named after Karl-san, a serious student who passed away unexpectedly last year. Karl-san exemplified a philosophy of caring for the dojo, its instructors, as well as being a…