Tag Archives: aikido

Developing the mental approach in response to an attack

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

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What’s your motivation?

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

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All women Aikido class

Our dojo has decided to host an all women’s Aikido class.  Why are we doing this? Firstly, women are a minority in most martial arts schools.  Those of us that are training often wish there were more women to train … Continue reading

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Iaido ain’t slow!

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

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Handling mistakes

Imagine yourself performing a technique. It can be a solo kata, or it can be paired exercise where you are attempting to throw someone or put a lock on them. But you make a mistake. You fluff the technique and … Continue reading

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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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