November 1, 2015

 

Every aikido student has wondered occasionally whether his or her aikido will work in “the real world.” The question arises naturally because in our practice we do not resist one anotherʼs technique. Doubts also arise because people outside aikido often criticize the...

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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