Jan
20

“Life Without Martial Arts,” by Michele

“Martial arts have been part of my life since 1993…training, learning, teaching. My husband opened his dojo in 1995. Currently we have classes three days a week. I attend monthly workouts at the Honbu and regularly attend Federation training events. I had two lapses in training…during pregnancy and after ACL surgery. When I was pregnant, I stopped teaching at 6 months because I was making the students nervous. They were concerned about losing weapons and accidentally hitting me. I was off the dojo floor for three months after ACL surgery. I returned with a long list of restrictions.”

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Jan
19

“Fuel Your Body, Fuel Your Strength,” by Edward Stern

“Martial arts requires a unique diet for a unique endeavor. Martial arts require speed, flexibility, strength, and intense concentration, and finding the right foods to enhance those areas may seem difficult. In fact, it requires only slight variations on a typical athlete’s diet, one more well-balanced for a sport that demands a healthy balance of the mental and the physical.”

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Jan
19

Biography of Paolo Corallini Sensei, President of Takemusu Aikido Association Italy

Paolo Corallini Sensei is the President of Takemusu Aikido Association Italy and the uppermost representative of Iwama Ryu Aikido in Italy. Since his youth he is interested in martial arts. At 18 years of age, he joins a Ju-Jutsu dojo and after soon he experiences the art which would mark his life, the Aikido, at its first steps in Italy at that time. In those years he studies under Motokage Kawamukai Sensei who gives him the 1st dan in 1977.

In 1979, Corallini was ranked 2nd dan by Hirokazu Kobayashi Sensei and began attending aikido courses in France, where he met André Nocquet Sensei, direct student of the Founder and President of the Union Européenne d’Aikido. Nocquet Sensei awarded him the 3rd dan in 1981, and the 4th dan in 1984. He also appointed Corallini as President and Technical Director of the Unione Italiana Aikido – the division of the Union Européenne d’Aikido in Italy.

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Jan
18

Weekly 24-hour sale: O-Sensei in “Rendez-vous with Adventure” at 50% off!

Today is your opportunity to add another essential aikido DVD to your collection! Our offering for this week is the historic film, “Rendez-vous with Adventure,” featuring Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei. Starting right now, you can purchase it for $19.95, 50% off the normal retail price, over the next 24 hours!

Do you run an aikido school? Are you looking for just the right video to show a newcomer to pique his or her interest? “Rendez-vous with Adventure” is the perfect choice!

From out catalog:

“This DVD presents the full, uncut version of a fascinating U.S. television documentary on aikido produced in 1958. It follows the adventures of an American tv crew who first cover the opening of the majestic Tokyo Tower with all its pomp and ceremony. Next, they pay a visit to the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo to find out what aikido is all about.”

“There they meet famous Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba, his son Kisshomaru, and Koichi Tohei. Two members of the crew don training uniforms and try the art out for themselves, often with humorous results. An unforgettable scene is the “challenge” by one of the skeptical journalists handled by Koichi Tohei. Another highlight of this film is the interview of O-Sensei, with Koichi Tohei acting as interpreter. You will hear the Founder’s actual voice and watch him intone a haunting Shinto chant. The exciting finale features a special demonstration by O-Sensei of taijutsu, aiki ken, aiki jo and multiple attacks. Nobuyoshi Tamura and Yasuo Kobayashi are among those taking falls for the Founder. Incredible action!”

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Jan
18

“What Is Your Responsibility in Training?,” by George Ledyard

“Ok, so I am attending a seminar with a teacher who decides to do a sword class. I am excited because this teacher’s sword work is extraordinary and I love sword. The teacher started out with a basic flow exercise, which as it happens, is in the first chapter of his sword video which has been around since VHS days. He demonstrated then set folks to work. Folks were pretty much mangling the exercise so he stopped them and showed it again, this time a bit slower. The same thing happened. In fact it happened four times. By the end Sensei was furious. And, I have to say, I was furious.”

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Jan
17

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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Jan
17

“THE ME OF UNDERSTANDING,” by Will Gable

“Who is it that understands oneself? There has to be some aspect of understanding that allows one to know when one is absent and when one is present. Once we have understood ourselves to the point of letting go of who we “thought” we are we can step into the realm of our beingness, not to be defined, only to be realized as our next level of evolutionary awakening. One’s real self cannot be negated for it is the doorway to the light of understanding. Still, there needs to be the aspect that contains all that one understands, the realm of one’s IAM. Once one goes to the Heart there is sincerity and innocence from the core of sensitivity of the Divine.”

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Jan
16

Request a Custom Discount

We would like to offer you the opportunity to create your own special discounts that will allow you to get the most out of your investment in martial arts educational materials sold through Aikido Journal. For example, if you would like a particular combination of products—books, DVDs, posters, etc.—which are not already offered as a set at a discounted price, this is your chance to tailor-make your own special purchase at a more affordable price.

The only requirement to receive a discount is that you order a minimum of 3 products. They can be any combination of different products, or 3 or more of a single product. Naturally, the greater the number of items you order, the larger the discount we’ll be able to apply to your purchase. This is a great way to build your dojo or personal collection without breaking the bank.

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Jan
16

“Interview with Moriteru Ueshiba” by Stanley Pranin

The interview below with Moriteru Ueshiba Doshu 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.

[F]rom the time I was born I lived together with my grandfather, the founder of aikido, and my father, the previous Doshu, so I’m sure I’ve been influenced by them both in many ways, even if they never spoke to me specifically about such things. I was born and raised in an aikido environment, in all its aspects, technical and otherwise.

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Jan
16

“Aikido – How it has saved me,” by JCWible

“I started Aikido over a year ago now. I watched my son do it for over a year and finally was convinced to start working out myself. I was having a tough time because of a divorce and couldn’t even afford a Gi, but some very good Aikidoka were generous and provided one. My legs where too big for the size they got and luckily I was able to afford ordering a larger pair of pants. I was scared by the rolling, but knew I would be able to do it with practice.”

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Jan
15

Recommended reading: “Interview with Tokimune Takeda (3)” by Stanley Pranin

The interview below with Tokimune Takeda Sensei, son of Sokaku Takeda, 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.

Sokaku Takeda was a student of Kenkichi Sakakibara and studied Jiki Shinkage-ryu. There was a person called Jirokichi Yamada who taught the sword at Hitotsubashi University. Sokaku was a fellow student of his. In those days there were scores of students in Sakakibara Sensei’s dojo. All of them had experienced brain concussions as a result of being struck on the head by their teacher’s sword. When he would thrust at them, they went flying.” I understand they scattered beans on the floor of the dojo and practiced there. Since they had very little to eat, they made thin rice gruel and ate it for breakfast. They sucked the gruel through a bamboo tube and that was all they had for breakfast. They were starving. Sokaku lived with these students as an uchideshi during such a period.

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Jan
15

“A Forgive-ful Christmas,” by Flo Li

“In Aikido, we always say Arigato Gozaimashita (ありがとうございました) when bowing at the end of class. The meaning roughly translates to ‘thank you for what we just did together’. In a way by bowing to one another we thank our partners for training with us, for the lessons brought to our attention, and forgive any physical pain we might have inflicted on one another. It is a ceremonial gesture to conclude the lesson.”

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