Nov
30

“Bruce Lee 2010 – Can A 51-Year-Old Son Of Scotland Pull It Off?,” from themartialartsreporter.com

“Believe it or not: This month, the legendary Bruce Lee would have turned 70!

Just recently the legend’s family selected a Scotsman to perform his Jeet Kune Do skills at a celebration in San Francisco (Bruce Lee’s city of birth) to honor his life and accomplishments.”

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Nov
30

Recommended reading: “Famous Swordsmen of Japan: Kanenori Dengoro Kurokochi” by Yoshinori Kono

The article below 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.

The Aizu domain was well known for its martial activities, and Kanenori Dengoro Kurokochi is prominent among the many martial artists from that region during the last years of the Shogunate, just prior to the Meiji Restoration. Kanenori’s common name was Dengoro and he was adopted into the family of Kanehiro Jisuke Kurokochi at a young age. His adoptive great-grandfather, Kanetaka Sakon Kurokochi, was a skilled practitioner of Shinmuso Muraku-ryu iaijutsu, the principal art of the family, and as a result of his skills in this art he was awarded in 1750 a domainal position with a stipend of ten koku of rice [one koku is approximately five bushels; i.e. the amount required to feed a person for one year].

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Nov
29

Recommended reading: “Interview with Yasuo Kobayashi (2)” by Stanley Pranin

The article below from Fall 1992 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.

I entered the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in 1955. Before that I practiced judo in junior and senior high school. I was invited to start aikido by a friend (the son of Danzaki Sensei of the Iaido Federation), but I had examinations and so I waited until after I entered the university to enroll. That was in April of 1955. At that time several families who had lost their homes during the war were living in the dojo. After these people left, the dojo was remodeled and made larger. I think this happened one or two years after I joined the Hombu Dojo

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Nov
29

“Big Hurry To Nowhere,” by Sensei Joe

“How many find yourself totally absorbed with concentrating too much on unimportant things, when you should be focused on what really matters? With a high degree of certainty I would venture to say we all are guilty. The same tendency equally occurs in the practice of martial arts. For that matter, it is applicable across the board.”

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Nov
28

Recommended reading: “The Dawn of Tomiki Aikido” by Seiji Tanaka

The article below on Tomiki Aikido 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.

First of all, I would like to explain how, where and why Tomiki Aikido started. It goes back to the month of April, 1958 when Waseda University approved our Aikido Club as an officially sanctioned sport club (called “Undo Bu” in Japanese), while no other universities recognized any Aikido clubs as such. Instead, all other Aikido clubs were called “Doko-Kai”, meaning a loosely organized club made up with people of the same interest. These unsanctioned sport clubs had neither the prestige nor the status of other sanctioned clubs such as Judo, Kendo, Karate, baseball, soccer, and other major sport clubs.

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Nov
28

“Strategy or Who Needs Fiction. You Decide,” by Jaikumar Vijayan

“Computerworld – Hundreds of people in the information security, military and intelligence fields recently found themselves with egg on their faces after sharing personal information with a fictitious Navy cyberthreat analyst named ‘Robin Sage,’ whose profile on prominent social networking sites was created by a security researcher to illustrate the risks of social networking.”

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Nov
27

Recommended reading: “Aikido and Injuries: Special Report” by Fumiaki Shishida

The important article below on the subject of aikido injuries has been selected from the extensive archives of the Online Aikido Journal. We believe this subject to be of such importance that we periodically call your attention to it so that you are aware of some of the training abuses that continue to occur.

The cases contained in the documents in Chapter 1 and other materials and testimonies offered by the individuals in question such as alumni who responded to my requests for data are listed in the table included. I chose to reproduce all information in cases where data was limited and attempted to select information for its instructional value in those cases where space limitations caused me to omit details where the data was ample. I have omitted the names of the victims and universities in consideration of the persons involved. I have assigned numbers to the cases according to the date of occurrence of the accident.

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Nov
27

“Patience, Acceptance & Submission,” by Teh Beng

“Teaching Aikido is learning Aikido… or an aspect of it at the very least. As a profession, teaching is very noble indeed. Not because the teacher becomes respected by his pupils, but the spreading of knowledge ennobles a person. A teacher must understand something to teach it to others. But the transmission of such a knowledge can only be happen once the teach lives to what he teaches.”

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Nov
26

“Mistugi Saotome and the Confusion of Spiritual Philosophy,” from Aiki-Kuzushi

“I’m presently working my way through the 1986 book Aikido and the Harmony of Nature, by Mistugi Saotome. Now, I’m not an ASU (Aikido Schools of Ueshiba) student, but I’ve been kinda a fan for some years. In videos I’ve seen of him, Saotome shihan’s technique is clean and effortless-looking, and his students are knowledgeable in their approach and powerful in their technique.”

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Nov
26

Recommended reading: “Sokaku Takeda Biography (4)” by Tokimune Takeda

The article below 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.

The invading army surrounding the Wakamatsu Castle numbered 20,000 soldiers with over one hundred cannons against only 3,000 Aizu soldiers. Heavy fighting began raging throughout the castle town starting on August 23, 1868. The Aizu defended themselves desperately even advancing to inflict defeats on the enemy. The battle at Suwaguchi was particularly violent. The soldiers of the Choshu, Hikone and Bizen clans fired cannonball volleys from the mound at the entrance of Yutsuji Temple. The Aizu soldiers built a mound at Suwaguchi to fight to the end. Also, other strong Aizu forces sallied forth from the castle to fight. Although they repeatedly engaged in desperate struggles to maintain their position, an attack from the flank by Choshu soldiers of the western army defeated the besieged Aizu army.

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Nov
25

Recommended reading: “Morihei Ueshiba and Kenji Tomiki” by Stanley Pranin

The article below dealing with the relationship between Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba and Kenji Tomiki Sensei 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.

Among the many distinguished disciples of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido, Kenji Tomiki stands out for his intellectual stature and skill in articulating the historical and ethical rationale of the art. Whereas the founder viewed life and, consequently, his budo, mainly in religious terms, Professor Tomiki espoused a view of aikido which included competition and placed it within the larger context of the history of Japanese martial arts. An academician as well as an athlete, Tomiki authored several books and formulated a theoretical basis for aikido that was understandable by the average person. In this article we will briefly touch upon Professor Tomiki’s background, his relationship with Jigoro Kano and Morihei Ueshiba, and his contributions to present-day aikido.

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Nov
25

“Lost in Translation,” by the Accidental Aikidoist

“Motomichi Anno Sensei (8th Dan Shihan) is not only highly regarded as an Aikido Shihan, but also as a person as well. In the Aikido community his personality is as well known as his martial skill. At Santa Cruz he was able to teach for 2 hours each day for the 5 days of the retreat. I was only able to make it to 2 days, but after 2 days I feel that it was well worth the attendance.”

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