Tag Archives: aikido

Stalled and stumbling

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

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International Women’s Day

A very quickly written post.  Today is International Women’s Day.  The Internal Aikdio Federation is using it to promote and encourage woman in aikido – #AikidoWomen. I strongly feel that any traditional martial art is beneficial for women (I know … Continue reading

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Leave the ego at the door

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

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Martial arts, druids and everyday life

What does modern day druidry and martial arts have in common? More than you think. Continue reading

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Kote gaeshi

Kote gaeshi is a popular wrist lock in both jitsu and aikido.  Both those martial arts teach a “jump out” from the lock.  Dan Djurdjevic has explained a range of counter- techniques from a kote gaeshi application in his blog.  … Continue reading

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I can do something!

It’s often said that learning progresses by leaps and bounds.  Rapid progress is made in a new area, then the acquisition of new skill sets slows, and with it progress seems to slow as well,  This is due to the … Continue reading

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The Light Response

Some years ago, when I was working on ships, my boss asked me to tell the crew not to use compressed air for cleaning up the deck and tank tops. There was a danger paint chippings could go in their … Continue reading

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What is the purpose?

A few months ago I was applying a technique called kote gaeshi, which is a wrist lock technique used in jitsu and aikido.  Application can vary from a mild lock to generate a shock reaction, to a full hard application … Continue reading

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The calm in the storm

Three weeks ago, during a wonderful aikido seminar of which I really must type about, I re-herniated a disk in my lower back and was reduced to immobile agony on the mat.  Having assured my training partner it was not … Continue reading

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Time limitations.

I am moving.  Again!  Well, more returning to the city where I started to learn jiu jitsu, and this has raised a small dilemma in my mind. There are two active aikido clubs in the area, one of which is … Continue reading

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The Dawning Wonder of Weapon Work

When you consider that at least three of the instructors I am training under in California hold rank of shodan (1st dan) or above in Iaido (Japanese sword work) or other weaponry, then it is not surprising that a good … Continue reading

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The calm happiness of Aikido

Apologies for my prolonged absence from blog updates.  Things have been hectic of late.  As per my last post I am still in California, working away and fitting in Aikido as often as I can. End point of my part … Continue reading

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Dojo Discipline

Dojo discipline, it would appear, is a touchy subject. Firstly on the existence of it, and secondly on how it is administered. Last year I was on a course which spent part of the afternoon training with a boken. Not … Continue reading

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Repetition, repetition, repetition

Last night at Aikido we went through a number of base moves from the shoman uchi attack. Ikkyo, nikyo, sankyo, irmi nage, shiho nage and ude hineri, before finishing with kote gaeshi. (Check this website out for details of these … Continue reading

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Mindfulness

It has been the Easter break here in the UK.  While I don’t observe Easter, plenty of others do and consequently training has been on hold the past week.  So I shall use this lull in training to draw your … Continue reading

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