Thank you Mr. Petrov

Thanksgiving 2018 – I was able to catch up on some neglected issues of The Economist and found a reason to be deeply grateful: an affirmation that people are fundamentally good.  Despite the callous and sensationalist reporting that is ever fashionable, focusing on the salacious and vile behavior some members of species exhibit, the majority […]

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FLOW SEQUENCE

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi’s concept of flow is a good short-hand for what we should experience in moments of optimal performance.  Moving-zen where the self dissolves.  Aikido as an art aspires to the demonstration of effortless power – a visual presentation of flow.  Resist teaching to the goal rather than to the logic of the necessary effects, […]

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MAKIOTOSHI

George Orwell advised against using any metaphor you were used to seeing in print – so rather than ‘like moths to a flame,’ Orwell suggested, ‘like bluebottles to a dead cat.’  His contention was that reflexive writing betrays non-critical evaluation:  Poor habits of thinking when critical and sober reflection is required. So it is with […]

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JODAN TSUKI to USHIRO RYOTEDORI

Playing off the fencer’s lunge, we have moved back to jodan tsuki with the emphasis on the role of the attacker – using the straight blast effectively.  An explosive attack is a pre-requisite to honest training.  Repetition – correct form repeated until the attack is both accurate and powerful is our homework.     Most […]

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