Dec
02

Recommended reading: “Interview with Gozo Shioda” by Stanley Pranin

The article below with the founder of Yoshinkan Aikido, Gozo Shioda, has been selected from the extensive archives of the Online Aikido Journal. We believe that an informed readership with knowledge of the history, techniques and philosophy of aikido is essential to the growth of the art and its adherence to the principles espoused by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.

My idea is that since the world has become such a small place we should move beyond thinking in terms of nationalities. The goal entrusted to this federation is to spread the harmony of the aikido spirit throughout the world. Its purpose is to create a peaceful world where it is possible to harmonize with anyone of any race. There is nothing as wonderful as the spirit of harmony and when I started this federation I thought about how we must all get along, how Americans and Soviets must become friends. I thought how the world is a single family, and that we must discard the narrow-minded, insular attitude of the Japanese to make the world into a place filled with fine human beings. For this reason, in a spirit of harmony, we should give up our guns and leave behind our past. What I want to say is that the spirit of aikido is to seek harmony.

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Dec
01

“Fighting Or Submitting, Is There Another Way?” by Nev Sagiba

The “war on drugs” multiplied both the illegal drug trade as well as the legalized drug trade together with the ill heath that follows all unnatural interference with peak maintenance of biochemistry.

The “war on terror” turned out to be a war of terror for many hundreds of thousands and has, hopefully not, resulted as a recruitment drive for angry people at risk of multiplying the previously five or so dangerous individuals, to frightening numbers of vengeful.
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Dec
01

Brian Kagen pick: “A&E Goes Into Production On “Steven Seagal: Lawman”

“Seagal’s movies have grossed more than $2 billion worldwide. He is an expert martial artist, with a 7th-degree black belt in aikido. Along with Sylvester Stallone, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Chuck Norris, he’s considered one of the film industry’s greatest action stars. But it turns out that Steven Seagal isn’t just an action hero in the movies. For almost 20 years, Seagal has been working as a fully-commissioned deputy with the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office in Louisiana.”

Brian Kagen is an avid web researcher with a particular interest in martial arts. His training background includes both judo and aikido. He has contributed hundreds of article links over the years for AJ readers.

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