Oct
20

Brian Kagen pick: “Religion vs. science / TMA vs. MMA” by Mr. Taps Too Early

“Since I practice both a traditional martial art (aikido) and mixed martial arts, I often get caught up with lots of arguments and discussions about the relative merits of the two. It’s a touchy subject, since experienced TMA practitioners are highly invested in their arts, and MMA practitioners often have TMA experience that they “outgrew”, so personal bias comes into play a lot.”

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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Oct
19

Brian Kagen pick from Aikiweb.com: “A Brother to Dragons” by Ross Robertson

“All my life I have hunted aikido, even before I knew its name or took its lessons. Now I know that it’s the thing eating me, a great bird tearing at my liver day after day. So far my interior grows back, always just enough to keep the mythic cycle alive (though it won’t always be so). I also feel in the pain of its beak the realization that I have no Promethean Fire to ignite Alexandrian Lighthouses, or to illuminate even Plato’s Cave.”

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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Oct
18

Nev Sagiba: My response to “Can Competition Enhance O-Sensei’s Aikido?” by Stanley Pranin

The question is an oxymoron and the oldest circular augment in the history of mankind. All that any good Budo training can do, is to promote sanity through augmenting context and perspective; and continually offers trainees a reminder that real violence is an all-lose scenario.

Two men in a ring with rules, whilst athletic, skilled and courageous, prove nothing more than that their minds are trapped by rules. On the other hand, those having killed, the ultimate of true violence, unless mentally ill, seldom feel good about it. And if not behind bars, are usually tormented souls. Or both.
A true warrior understands clearly that SERVICE TO LIFE means that he may be sacrificed for the success of the campaign at hand; and lives is hope that he is indeed serving the greater good. HAVE NO ILLUSIONS ABOUT THAT! Otherwise he wastes his life as well.
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Oct
18

“Aikido” by Keoni May

Uyeshiba Aikido and Tomiki Aikido can peacefully co-exist with each other. Tomiki Aikido would be for those who want a sense of broken rhythm. Uyeshiba Aikido would be for those who want a sense of flowing rhythm. They come from the same coin, however, they are on the opposite sides.

Evolution is inevitable. The older I get, the more flowing I become.

Oct
17

Brian Kagen pick: “Without competition” by Rebecca Aldous

“For the last two years the 6’7” North Vancouver resident starts his mornings with aikido.

Although the Japanese martial art practice teaches combat moves and the potential to kill, what draws Hay is something unexpected. ”

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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Oct
16

Brian Kagen pick: “TMA v Modern systems”

“I still remember my first night there where the assistant instructor took me to the rear of the class and taught me how to make a fist, what knuckles to hit with and that my wrist and fist should be in line which makes it stronger to strike with. I loved it! I was learning how to defend myself!”

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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Oct
15

Brian Kagen pick: “Aikido Celebration 2011 – Morihei Ueshiba in Hawaii 1961-2011

“I have come to Hawaii in order to build a “silver bridge.” Until now, I have remained in Japan, building a “golden bridge” to unite Japan, but henceforward, I wish to build a bridge to bring the different countries of the world together through the harmony and love contained in aikido. I think that aiki, offspring of the martial arts, can unite the people of the world in harmony, in the true spirit of budo, enveloping the world in unchanging love. – Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido”

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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Oct
14

“Slow and steady wins the day” by Patrick Parker

“Aiki folks and some judo folks like to talk about the potential for technique and wisdom, skillfully applied to triumph over strength and size and speed. But then sometimes this seems like a pipe dream – wishful thinking. A week ago I got to see a great example of slow and steady beating out natural athleticism. Here’s the story.”

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Oct
13

Brian Kagen pick: “Review of Ellis Amdur’s ‘Hidden in Plain Sight’”

“This is a great book. Buy it. OK, I’ll elaborate. Along with Jesse O’Brien’s book of interviews, Nei Jia Quan, this is the most engaging book on martial arts that I’ve ever read (of several dozen, from martial arts traditions around the world). My own primary interest in martial arts and training, besides strengthening my failing back, is the methods of transmission of training and fighting insights across generations and between cultures. Hidden in Plain Sight is all about that. And Ellis makes a great story of it.”

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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Oct
12

“Irresistible aiki” by Patrick Parker

“A while back I talked about SWOT. Strength, weakness, opportunity, and threat only exist within the context of an objective. If tori does not have the objective of exerting his will upon uke, if tori does not want to execute his plans upon uke, then tori has no weakness relative to uke and uke presents no threat to tori. Tori has become irresistible because he has no plan of attack. You cannot resist something that is not occurring.”

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Oct
11

Brian Kagen pick: “Aikido Seen From A Larger Perspective” by Marc Abrams

“he capacity to remain connected and caring even during times of chaos, crisis and conflict is a wonderful thing to develop in ourselves. The two people whom I talked about at the beginning of this blog displayed this well-developed capacity and in enacting this potential, they gave up their lives. I do see Aikido as a martial art that does maintain some degree of “martial integrity,” while allowing us the potential to become better people in the “face” of discord, conflict and chaos.”

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Oct
10

“Morihiro Saito: Lost Seminars, Part 7″ released!

The “Lost Seminars,” your Encyclopedia of Aikido Techniques!

We are pleased to announce the availability of another outstanding DVD by Morihiro Saito Shihan, 9th dan, the seventh instalment of the exceptional “Lost Seminars” technical series by one of Founder Morihei Ueshiba’s most famous students. Titled Morihiro Saito: Lost Seminars, Part Seven, this information-packed DVD presents never-before-seen footage of Saito Sensei as he appeared in 1994 while teaching a seminar in San Diego, California. With this new title, the accumulated seminar footage in the Lost Seminars” series comes to about 14 hours in length!


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