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…

Aikido is frustrating. It’s supposed to be.

Aikido is frustrating. It’s supposed to be.

Aikido is frustrating. It’s supposed to be. You’re sitting there. Your legs hurt after a bunch of suwari-waza. The instructor demonstrates a technique, and you can tell there’s some subtlety to it. He shows it 3 times, pronounces its name, and says “Ok, partners”… and there you are, left mainly to your own devices. You…

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Speed. What not to focus on.

The biggest challenge I see in students, especially ones in the 1-3 year mark is the ability to slow down as nage. I know the struggles. I was there too. We, especially the men want to move fast. We want to move as fast as our teachers. We want to move fast because we think…

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Top 3 Traits of a Shodan

As a dedicated yukyusha on the path to Shodan, I think it’s fair to get hung up on technique or ukemi or simply the physical movement since after all we are practicing a martial art. But I wanted to share some of the responses from several black belts in the USAF on what they feel…

Q&A Series with ‘Brent-san’

Dojo Cho: “Why did you start training in Aikido?” Brent-san: “I’ve always wanted to, and I finally started because I got over my fear of injury and it’s something that I wanted to do with my best friend.” Dojo Cho: “Why do you continue to train in Aikido?” Brent-san: ” I feel like I’ve found…