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…

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…

How to address?

How to address?

Have you heard the term, “Old School” – well, as I share my thoughts and experience relating to this specific topic, I want you to keep in mind that ‘Old School’ is another way of saying ‘Traditional’ as well as ‘Most Respectful’ in this post. These are the views of my dojo, my teacher, our…

Aikido Bow

Aikido Bow

Aikido Bow. A Zarei (kneeling bow) or Ritsurei (Standing Bow) is the highest form of respect and etiquette in our Aikido practice. It is about humility, respect and appreciation. Therefore, it should be done at all times in that manner. Never rush this gesture or abbreviate it. Take your time to non-verbally convey these feelings…

Nage is not your enemy. Your ego is.

Nage is not your Enemy. Your Ego is.

I wanted to share some insight on how to maximize your practice during a given class. Remember, Nage is not Your Enemy. Your Ego is. I was talking to another student from another dojo that was frustrated because as they are trying to practice, their partner (uke) kept stopping them, correcting them and ultimately preventing…

Hakamas and their significance.

In Aikido, Hakamas generally are associated with ‘Yudansha’ or Black Belt Ranks. In the United States Aikido Federation, especially at major seminars, you will only see Black Belts in Hakamas. It is a sign of experience. It is a symbol of proficiency in your nage skills but more so in your ukemi skills. And when…

Hakama. Aikido.

“There is a certain peace to be found in the ritual of folding a hakama. It is an opportunity for quiet meditation after rigorous training. In order to achieve a final fold with crisp, clean lines and proper form, one must be “present” and the mind must be still. Without the proper focus, the pleats…