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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

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Kano's two ideals for judo

Jigoro Kano (Founder of Judo) had two ideals upon which he based Judo. Jita Kyoei - You and me get better together. Seiryoku Zenyo - Make the best use of your power. Of course, Japanese is notoriously hard to translate literally, so those are loose translations. Show More Summary

A society of guilt

A funny thing happened to me this morning. Funny strange, not funny ha ha. . I was eating breakfast in the cafeteria at work. My typical breakfast is usually something like a veggie sandwich from Subway or some yogurt with raisins and...Show More Summary

Reading the dictionary

"Okay class, today we're going to read through the dictionary again, just like we do every day!" . "Wooohooo! Yippee! Thanks, Teacher! We love you!" . We often compare the process of learning aikido to that of learning to write. We start...Show More Summary

Dockery's Aiki Secrets

William B. Dockery's book, Aiki Secrets: Six Precepts and the Dynamic COB is one of those books with a presumptuous name - but unlike some, this one really delivers a ton of material to think about and work on - particularly for the Tomiki Aikido practitioner interested in finding the elusive magical aiki in aikido. Show More Summary

Hang on and be dragged to death!

I remember coming up through the ranks trying to learn the next technique and the next kata and the next thing and frequently being frustrated because the targets seemed to be constantly shifting. Our instructor would go to a clinicShow More Summary

Katsujinken and polishing the fire engine

Some years ago I heard someone at church refer to apologetics without evangelism as being like spending all your life polishing and maintaining a fire engine but never using it to put out fires. . Similarly, we like to claim that we train martial arts so that we never have to use them. Show More Summary

Koshiki and Ju - brothers from another mother

I don't have the exact quote because I don't have the book in front of me, but last time I read Keiko Fukuda's Ju-no-Kata book, I was struck by her statement that she didn't ever understand Ju no kata until she had years of experience...Show More Summary

Koshiki is king of context

We learn most of our domains of knowledge outside of meaningful context. For instance, we learn to sing our ABCs long before we are taught the rules that make those letters work together to cue us to make sounds that make others think about trees or tables or whatever we are talking about. . We do this in aikido too. Show More Summary

Prices and Services at Mokuren Dojo

People are always asking me what I charge for various classes and services here at Mokuren Dojo and I'm always having to re-write or re-explain, so I figured I needed a price sheet to post here at the blog. It's pretty straightforward... Dues...Show More Summary

Watakushido, grounding, and the aikido ghetto

Yesterday I stated that martial artists should feel free to take ownership of their artform and their practice. Take what the old dead guys did and tear it apart and rework it and refit it and make it your own thing that works for you. Show More Summary

Tachi-tai-tachi and permission

I'm getting ready for the 2013 Aiki Buddies Gathering this weekend and I've been reviewing Koryu Dai San (Sankata). Looked up some films and found this thing that I'd seen before and categorized in my mind as curious and hadn't thought...Show More Summary

Tomiki's solo taiso for judo and aikido

For the past couple of weeks, some of my blogging buddies have been helping me beat to death our footwork and coordination exercises that Tomiki gave us. Alternately named judo taiso, tandoku renshu, unsoku and tegatana dosa, or tegatana...Show More Summary

The Walk - 12 - yoko omawashi

Last (and yes, least), here is a video of yours truly doing The Walk. Sure, it's not a great video - none of my videos are great productions, but you can tell that I'm a really tough guy because you have to be tough to wear a shirt that...Show More Summary

The Walk - 11 - omawashi

Links to previous articles on The Walk - nanameashi, wakiashi, tenkanashi, shomen tegatana, soto mawashi, uchi mawashi, uchi-soto gaeshi,uchi mawashi gaeshi, and soto mawashi gaeshi, and koshi kaeshi. The penultimate movement exercise in The Walk is O Mawashi - the big turn. Show More Summary

Large kihon, large spirit

Bear in mind I'm not criticizing or disrespecting anyone's practice. As I've said before, The Walk is largely auto-didactic - it has different lessons for each person, and what works for one person may not work for another. What works...Show More Summary

The Walk - 10 - koshi kaeshi

Links to previous articles on The Walk - nanameashi, wakiashi, tenkanashi, shomen tegatana, soto mawashi, uchi mawashi, uchi-soto gaeshi, uchi mawashi gaeshi, and soto mawashi gaeshi. . The next motion in this set of exercises is koshi kaeshi - the hip switch. Show More Summary

Whoever said it?

Whoever said it and made us believe it, That we have to all look like the ancient masters and each other to be doing legitimate budo? That we have to do the same exercises and kata the same way month after month, year after year, hoping...Show More Summary

The Walk - 9 - soto mawashi gaeshi

Links to previous articles on The Walk - nanameashi, wakiashi, tenkanashi, shomen tegatana, soto mawashi, uchi mawashi, uchi-soto gaeshi, and uchi mawashi gaeshi . Next comes soto mawashi uchi - the outside sweep&turn (our nickname is...Show More Summary

The Walk - 8 - uchi mawashi gaeshi

Links to previous articles on The Walk - - nanameashi, wakiashi, tenkanashi, shomen tegatana, soto mawashi, uchi mawashi, and uchi-soto gaeshi. . Previously we have discussed the three footwork actions and the 4 pushing actions in The Walk. Show More Summary

The Walk - 7 - Uchi mawashi gaeshi

Links to previous articles on The Walk - - nanameashi, wakiashi, tenkanashi, shomen tegatana, soto mawashi, and uchi mawashi. The next movement in The Walk is uchi mawashi gaeshi - the inside sweep&turn... This illustrates an interesting...Show More Summary

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