March 30, 2020

O-Sensei was fond of saying that the foundation of aikido is based on 3 fundamental geometrical shapes; Circle, Square and Triangle.  What do these shapes have to do with our aikido training.  O-Sensei made both literal references (citing the Kojiki and other mythical...

February 24, 2015


A new student recently sent me an email asking me if it was appropriate for him to use resistance when training in our dojo.


This has been the topic of numerous Aikido forums. The question's been posed to me many times by many students. I've often wished I'd written d...

December 17, 2014

Chinkon Kishin

Shinto Elements in a Modern Warm-up


Chin Kon Ki Shin:

"A practice intended to aid one in joining with the universal

spirit and to help one understand the devine mission that is one's

life goal to fulfill."

- From the glossary of... The Principles of Aikido by...

December 12, 2014

The Five Spirits of Budo



  • Shoshin: (初心) Beginners Mind

  • Zanshin: (残心) Lingering Mind

  • Mushin: (無心) No Mind

  • Fudoshin: (不動心) Immovable Mind

  • Senshin: (先心) Purified spirit; enlightened attitude


There are 5 fundamental minds or spirits of budo; shos...

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