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.…

Growth mindset

As I just got back from Florida Aikikai’s Winter Camp, I wanted to reflect on a few things as they relate to what I feel is a major mission in aikido training.  And that is growth.  Growth in your practice, in your technique, your ukemi, your relationships on and off the mat, and growth in…

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…

Tips for Seminar Training

Tips for Seminar Training

Here are some Tips for Seminar Training As we enter this Saturday with the 50th Anniversary of Aikido Center of Atlanta featuring the highest level of instruction led by Yamada Sensei, 8th Dan, Shihan, USAF Chief Instructor along with Peter Bernath, 7th Dan, Shihan, USAF Technical Committee and Penny Bernath, 6th Dan, Shihan, Senior Instructor…

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…

Are you hurt or are you injured?

G.I. Jane is a 1997 American action film directed by Ridley Scott. There is a line in the movie that got me thinking about Aikido Training. “Are you hurt or are you injured? If you’re hurt, we’re just carry on but if you’re injured we’ll stop and get you medical attention.” Of course, it’s not…

Persistence in Training

Someone once said “80% of success is just showing up”. To be successful, train often. 3 or more times a week – you will make noticeable and regular progress. Twice a week, slow but steady progress. Once a week, and I feel like I am standing still. We all have limited time, and it is…

What year is it? 1639? Are we samurai?

Ok, it’s now 2014, and I thought it would be beneficial to reflect what actual year it is. Most people have Mobile Phones. Most people like Starbucks lattes. Most people like to be comfortable. Most people like to feel safe. Most people have watch their health and want to practice a martial art safely. Having…