Thanksgiving 2017 – 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 […]Read more "Thank you Mr. Petrov"
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With an influx of new students I have presented contact exercises. In each of the last two classes there was only one technique taught in each. Technique is a secondary expression that derives from feeling connection. Aikido is frustrating to learn because it is an energetic art – one must not only feel the internal […]Read more "CONTACT EXERCISES – Gyaku-hanmi katate-dori"
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, […]Read more "FLOW SEQUENCE"
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 […]Read more "MAKIOTOSHI"
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 […]Read more "JODAN TSUKI to USHIRO RYOTEDORI"