Nov
24

“The Millionth Part of a Moment,” by Nev Sagiba

Existence, the flow which appears to be existence, is made up of many small parts conjoined and flowing akin to sand in a timer, thereby giving appearance which deceive our minds.

Knowing The Parts Which Make the Whole

Sixteen frames a second is all it takes to deceive the mind and for our minds to join the dots into a flow and miss the real actuality behind the appearances. The Buddha named the sub-atomic particle-waves, the parts which make the whole and their attributes, Skandhas, often translated as aggregates.

Sight deceives. Vision reveals. Noticing sees through the cracks of appearances.
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Nov
24

Recommended reading: “Founder of Aikido (14): Your Father Is Just Fine As He Is” by Kisshomaru Ueshiba

The biographical article on Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba 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.

I have no real way of understanding the Founder’s genuine feelings toward his father, Yoroku, or those of Yoroku toward his son. However, I can guess that Yoroku had a certain trust or ambition for the Founder although he never verbalized this. Outwardly, he always appeared to be satisfied with his son. I’ve already mentioned several times how the Founder had used up all of his inheritence in pursuit of his ideals. And also you will remember how Yoroku gave unsparingly of his own fortune, the results of his own efforts to help his son. I’ve heard the story that Yoroku had traveled to Shirataki taking the family registry there from Wakayama to follow his son. I don’t know if he actually intended to transfer the family home, but it is a fact that he once visited Shirataki. If he did carry the family registry there with him, he must have planned to stay there permanently. But Kiku, the younger sister, remembers the old man saying, “If it’s always this cold, I can’t possibly stay here all the time,” and so he returned to the south and reinstated the family records in Wakayama.

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Nov
24

“ONE THING LEADS TO ANOTHER,” by Janet Rosen

“Part of teaching, as I’ve learned teaching nursing, sewing and painting, is whenever possible having a narrative arc underlying a large part of the class (the qualifier is because sometimes a question or a problem a student is experiencing makes it more valuable to follow a tangent).”

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Nov
23

The book that vindicated Morihiro Saito’s aikido!

Has there ever been an aikido sensei who has organized the curriculum of the art so thoroughly as did Morihiro Saito Sensei? He was a veritable encyclopedia of knowledge on aikido and its technical evolution. For years in his seminars, Saito Sensei would bring along a copy of O-Sensei’s only book, Budo to verify the authenticity of his teachings.

That very book is the subject of a special set consisting of a book (Takemusu Aikido Special Edition) and DVD (Budo) by Saito Sensei, that presents in great detail the famous 1938 technical manual titled Budo of O-Sensei. By purchasing the book and DVD on Budo together, you will realize a savings of 20% off the retail price of these companion products purchased separately.

Saito Sensei does a masterful job of demonstrating and explaining all of the techniques of Budo in his book and DVD that comprise this Special Set. There are several reasons why the manual Budo is of great importance to aikido history. It is the only source of organized technical sequences demonstrated by Morihei Ueshiba replete with explanations.
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Nov
23

Recommended reading: “Yasuaki Deguchi: The Omoto Religion and Aikido (07)” by Stanley Pranin

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.

Even from the time I was an uchideshi (live-in student), Ueshiba Sensei and his nephew, Hoken Inoue, were not on good terms, to the point of speaking ill of one another. Mr. Inoue had left aikido to establish Shinwa Taido. The friction between the two of them was brought into their relationships within the Omoto religion, so that even Omoto volunteers who were learning budo took sides and were divided.

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Nov
23

“AIKIDO and the Daruma doll,” by Nick Engelen

“During a summer seminar we lined up for bowing before sensei for the afternoon session. Sensei had a small red egg-like figure next to him. After bowing sensei explained that because of the heat we would take it a bit easy and would do some study on philosophy first.”

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Nov
22

Recommended reading: “Interview with Kisshomaru Ueshiba (1983), Part 1″ by Stanley Pranin

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.

After the war, I began to practice seriously because I thought it was my duty. In my opinion, if Aikido is publicized and many people are afforded the opportunity of practicing, there will always be a certain number of persons who are very good at the art. Yet, at the same time, we must spread Aikido. Although it might be a good idea to develop only a few expert practitioners, if they disappear then the art will cease to exist. That would be a problem. So we must seek ways to publicize Aikido. I have come to hold the belief that the most important task for Aikido since the war has been to conform our way of thinking, teaching and philosophy to the trends of the time

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Nov
22

“Be Aware! Pffft…useless,” by Kris Wilder

“A considerable amount of my time at stop lights has been spent pondering this idea. ‘What is awareness and how do I implement it in a manner useful to me?’ Clearly I can not walk about like a crazed meth-head flinching at every moth that goes zig – zaggy past me on its way to the nearest light. Assuming that every person is a threat is not going to work either. I am not going to throw down on grandma on line at the Safeway pharmacy, no upside.”

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Nov
21

Recommended reading: “Among My Souvenirs” by David Lynch

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.

Exhausted, I wandered out of the dojo for some fresh air, and was suddenly arrested by the beauty of the blossoms on the cherry tree outside. I experienced a moment of euphoria, and involuntary tears began to flow. It was not, alas, a full-scale O-Sensei-style enlightenment experience, but one of those funny fits of emotion that seem to pop up when one is overtired.

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Nov
21

“Just do something…,” by Steve Wildash

“Hmmm makes perfect sense really.. so why do so many of us not do it? Under pressure no where to go everything stops, but for what reason, that ole thing of not quite understanding reality as it happens.. in denial that everything happens the everyone else and not me. The truth of it is that things do and will happen to you whether you like it or not and you have a few seconds to snap out of it otherwise its good night. I can remember being twenty I think and chasing some guy down the country lanes in my newly acquired motor car, thought I was the nuts, but my driving wasn’t and I can clearly remember making a complete mess of it, having then lost control I felt the car swerve through 90’ go up onto two wheels and almost vertical it was though it was on a knife edge either drop to safety or continue over and roll down the lane to what end who knows.. just writing about it puts a shiver up my spine.. but as luck would have it the car dropped down back onto four wheels but facing the wrong direction and into on coming traffic, decision time.. ”

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Nov
20

“The Foundations Are Never Basic,” by Marc Abrams

“Posture, walking, extending ki, getting rid of unnecessary tensions,…. are critical aspects to the foundations of Aikido. The beginning student sincerely wants to learn the foundational material. The intermediate student believes that they know the foundational material and want to learn some cool, advanced techniques.”

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Nov
20

“My love affair… with ‘my son’s’ heavy bag,” by Charles Warren

A heavy bag isn’t a normal fixture in an aikido dojo. Some dojos have makiwaras, which are also excellent practice, but you just about have to go to a karate school to find a bag. My teaching career, such as it’s been, has mostly been in various karate schools. So, I’ve used the heavy bag, but had not really become attached to it. This is largely because I hadn’t incorporated it as part of my aikido classes. Why not? I am mostly a Saito student, and that is a pretty comprehensive system. If Saito sensei was humble enough to preserve and promulgate it, who am I to change it?

But most of my practice is individual (what!? individual aikido?? is that even possible?? briefly, yes…). The biggest problem of individual practice is variety. Another problem is resistance. So, the heavy bag addresses both problems and more. First, one of my individual practices is running through a variety of attacks, strikes and kicks. We do it with jo and bokken. Why not? It takes a few minutes to run through several repeats of each. The advantage here is that you get striking practice, and without resistance, few wear and tear injuries. I know a karate master who just quit at about 40, because the impacts were wearing down his body. But striking air has its own problem. You really don’t know how much of a hit you’re delivering. That’s where the bag comes in. Yes, if you’re striking a makiwara you get resistance, but I would argue it’s too much resistance. The heavy bag is softer. Its mass is realistic for a body and its movement gives you an idea of what you’re doing. It also allows for more combinations and kicks. My Chinese students have some fun striking drills which I hadn’t seen before.
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