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Well, we train using energetic and ki-filled techniques that I learned from Shioda Sensei. Although people should enjoy practice, I want them also to remain aware of the severity and seriousness of their training as a martial art, as a budo.

Rather than simply “playing at aikido,” I want to conduct keiko [the word keiko in Japanese, as opposed to the word renshu which means practice or training, has the literal meaning of reflecting on old things, both in one’s own experience and from a tradition]. It’s impossible to develop good technique without keiko, so I want people to practice in a way that is enjoyable, but which also embodies natural discipline and produces an atmosphere befitting a martial arts dojo.

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