May
04

“Aikido Montreux: Teachings/Visions” by Patrick Cassidy

“Aikido is about expressing who we already are : timeless, immovable, harmonious beings with a limitless capacity to respond with Life. Placing our attention on surrendering to the discovery of that being, trusting the intelligence of that being, and placing all or our faith into the birth of this being in this moment, we are Free. Then the creation of what is known as Takemusu Aikido becomes possible. We can not take credit for it. We are it. We can not improve it. It improves this moment. We can not do it. It does us. We can create space for it to awaken. We can choose to be available to it. We can study and create a language for it to speak with. But we can not control or use it. Finally in the end we disappear into It and we then are It; Free finally to create and contribute to the rest of Life that is who we are as well. ”

Please click here to read entire article.

May
02

Brian Kagen pick: “Saito Sensei-From Iwama to the World”

“Morihiro Saito, 9th dan, shihan, and our aikido Sensei and friend, was with us from March 31, 1928 until May 12, 2002. Let’s follow photographically how this strong young farm boy developed into the man who continues to inspire us.

PURPOSE OF THIS WEBSITE

Saito Sensei was extremely well photographed for his many books and videos. However, this is a central place for us to share more informal and personal photos and memories. Let’s enjoy photos and stories that remind us of the many-faceted person Saito Sensei was and the many good times we shared along the aiki-michi.

Links to informal online YouTube of Saito Sensei coming soon.”

Please click here to read entire article.

May
01

“Links to Life” by Gregor Erdmann

“For a long long time, I was not able to draw parallels between Aikido and every day life. I imagine that I am not alone in being unable to relate a series of martial arts moves to the things that come up in everyday life. If you are also in this boat, fear not, for realisation will come after more training when you will view aikido not as a ‘jitsu’ (method), but a ‘do’ (way).

Contrary to my initial belief, the techniques in aikido are not really the essence of the martial art. While the techniques distinguish aikido from other martial arts or activities such as karate, dancing, boxing or kendo, and they also define the aikido system, they are not the end goal of the martial art. As with religion, the ceremonies and practices are not the end goal of the religion. We do not pray to become an expert in prayer, nor do we observe mass to become good at mass. Even going to the gym follows the same idea. We do not do bench press to become good at the bench press. All the practices and techniques are purely the vehicle to some form of self improvement, be it physical, mental or spiritual.”

Please click here to read entire article.

May
01

Brian Kagen pick: “Aikido vs the Rest: The Heart of Co-Operative Training in Martial Arts” by Dunken Francis

“In point fighting there is a “strike first and win” mentality that allows you to disregard the loss of both tactical and defensive advantage during an overcommitted attack. By contrast Aikido in a similar scenario, you utilize this over commitment as the foundation of the attack, thus persevering yourself.

I have students that often ask what’s the best option, on one hand Aikido keeps the tactical and defensive advantage whilst on the other hand you don’t necessarily keep the strike first offensive that is preached about in so many of the other arts.
[Read more...]