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I was delighted to read this article about one of my former aikido instructors, Sensei Danielle Smith. She was recently promoted to the rank of 7th Dan by the International Hombu Dojo. This rank reflects her long dedication to learning … Continue reading
My car had to go to the garage for some repair work that ended up taking 24 days to do. Thankfully the insurance provided a hire car for this period. Now, I have an older Ford Focus that is comfortable … Continue reading
It’s not fast either. Recently I have had no less than three aikidoka say to me, “iaido – that’s slow, isn’t it?” I assume they have all been on the same seminar and somebody imparted this pearl of wisdom, which … Continue reading
Martial artists know the importance of instigating movement from the hips (or your centre). The body creates strong movement from the hips, it prevents an over-reliance on upper-body strength. Continue reading
So I’ve hit that point which, without doubt, I will encounter over and over again on my journey through learning aikido and jiu jitsu. At this moment in time “that point” is occurring in aikido. Experienced martial artists will nod … Continue reading
What ever martial art you do there must have been the first time your sensei/teacher pushed you to the limits until you were physically tired and barely able to lift your arms to block, or find the energy to think … Continue reading
Ego – def. a person’s sense of self-esteem or self-importance. Saying someone has a large ego or a super-ego is generally meant as an insult yet arguably we need some ego in order to keep functioning in daily life. Lack … Continue reading
What does modern day druidry and martial arts have in common? More than you think. Continue reading
The UK has recently been made aware of historic child sex abuse in football, but sadly it would seem that football is not the only sport where this has happened. While we have currently legal measures in place to vet … Continue reading
Even on the defence you can be launching an attack Continue reading
Two new people joined our iaido school last month, which means I am no longer the very bottom of the class. Which also means when we line up at the start and end of the class I need to be … Continue reading
Alternative title: the problem with wearing martial arts clothes designed for men when you are a woman. A consequence of my persistent back injury has been a pause in my jiu-jitsu training, a slow down in my aikido training, and … Continue reading
I have been thinking a great deal about adaptability in martial arts of late. Every modern martial art has evolved over the years, no style has remained static. Of the martial arts I practise it is a requirement for the … Continue reading
I have one very simple New Years resolution for 2016. I will bend my knees more when doing blocks and throws! And then bend them more. If nothing else I want to her constructive criticism beyond the, “you can bend … Continue reading
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