Road to Sandan

I was telling some friends about my upcoming Sandan test a few weeks ago and they asked me a question that I had never honestly thought about, “Why are you testing for Sandan?  What do you get from it?”  To really answer that question, I need to start from the beginning – discuss why I…

Today, I'm speaking with Jim Hyde, 2nd Dan

Today, I’m speaking with Jim Hyde, 2nd Dan

Today, I’m speaking with Jim Hyde, 2nd Dan. Weiner Sensei: What led you to Aikido? Jim-san: I always wanted to do marital arts. When I got out of college, I did research into what style I was interested in and Aikido was at the top of the list, because it had a reputation of being…

Proud Moments.

In my Aikido career, approaching 15 years, there have been plenty of students that have come and gone but every now and then a select few get to the first finish line and reach Shodan (First Degree Blackbelt) and after that usually 3-5 years later an even smaller amount reach Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt).…