Feb
17

“Motivation for the New Year,” by Jake McKee

“We martial arts addicts are a strange bunch, I’ll be the first to admit that.From an outsiders perspective, we train over and over how to beat someone up or respond to a violent situation. Of course to us ‘insiders’, our training is much more than that. We are training our bodies and forging our spirits. We are concerned not so much with winning or losing but about learning and deepening our understanding of the arts that have been passed down for decades and in some cases centuries.

It was thinking along these lines that got me wondering. What motivates some of the long term practitioners and instructors to keep training day after day, year after year?
I put this question out there to 4 people that I admire and respect: Ellis Amdur, George Ledyard, Joe Thambu and Seishiro Endo. Here are their replies:”

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Feb
16

Christian Tissier Sensei: “An Aikido Odyssey”

One of the world’s leading Aikido instructors featured on an exciting DVD from Aikido Journal! Christian Tissier has achieved what few other non-Japanese teachers have–recognition as an equal by the Japanese headquarters school.

We would like to call to your attention our outstanding DVD featuring one of Aikido’s top instructors, Christian Tissier of France. This one-of-a-kind DVD presents an in-depth look at the life and art of one of Aikido’s preeminent masters, Christian Tissier, 7th dan.
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Feb
16

Recommended reading: “Morihei Ueshiba and Sokaku Takeda” by Stanley Pranin

This article, titled “Morihei Ueshiba and 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.

Let me begin by stating categorically that the major technical influence on the development of aikido is Daito-ryu jujutsu. This art, which is said to be the continuation of a martial tradition of the Aizu Clan dating back several hundred years, was propagated in many areas of Japan during the Meiji, Taisho, and early Showa periods by the famous martial artist, Sokaku Takeda. Known equally for his martial prowess and severity of character, Takeda had used his skills in life-and-death encounters on more than one occasion.

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Feb
16

24-hour Sale: Aikido Postwar Greats” DVD + Free Subscription or Renewal to Online Aikido Journal for $19.95!

We have an outstanding offer for you with this week’s special. The first product is “Aikido Classics – Postwar Greats,” a splendid DVD featuring O-Sensei, Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Gozo Shioda, Koichi Tohei and Morihiro Saito! This DVD is a collection of precious historical films featuring aikido’s most famous figures. You also receive–free of charge–a 1-year subscription or renewal to the Online Aikido Journal!

“Aikido Classics” presents those teachers most responsible for the broad success of aikido following World War II. Beginning with the unbelievable art of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba, each of these teachers developed his own unique approach and technical style and inspired legions of enthusiasts. The footage contained in this wonderful DVD represents some of the highest levels of aikido yet seen.

But that’s not all you get for your $19.95 investment. We have also added a free one-year subscription or renewal to the Online Aikido Journal as part of the package. Most of you are familiar with Aikido Journal and tremendous resources of materials on virtually every aspect of aikido we offer. A subscription gives you full access to the ever-growing Aikido Journal archives consisting of more than 650 articles filling thousands of pages and the authoritative “Encyclopedia of Aikido.”

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Feb
16

“Uphill Climb,” by Felicia H.

“Last week, I went to a workshop on engaging area youth. It was sponsored by a local agency that hosts after-school programs all over the school district. The facilitator was awesome – excellent ideas, very engaging and energetic – but sadly, the group he was there to engage – youth workers and teachers who work the after-school homework and activity programs – was none of that. Some of the folks there boasted of many years of actual classroom teaching experience, but used the same breath to detail how horrible this kid or that kid was in their program. Too many of the attendees sat with their arms folded across their chests and ‘I’ve tried that and it didn’t work!’ scowls across their brows. Their lethargy was hard to watch.”

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Feb
15

“The Importance Of Internal Motivation In The Martial Arts,” by Oscar Del Ben

“I have been studying martial arts for nearly two years now, practicing for the most time sanda, which is chinese kickboxing. I really love the martial arts world and I really think studying a martial art is one of the most rewarding thing in life.

However, when I go to my gym I often see some people who are there just to do some physical exercise, with little or no motivation to really learn the art behind what they are doing.”

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Feb
14

“5 Tactical Tips to Survive a Home Invasion,” by Jeff Anderson

“Are you aware that you’re eight times more likely to be involved in a home inva­sion attack than you are to be involved in a house fire? When intrud­ers enter you house force­fully, whether for the thrill of it or to rob you and take your fam­ily hostage, this is con­sid­ered to be a home inva­sion. Don’t make the mis­take of think­ing home inva­sions only take place in high crime areas. There are sto­ries of home inva­sions tak­ing place in sub­urbs and rural areas. These attacks are more com­mon than most peo­ple think. Now is the time to plan a home defense strat­egy that will keep you and your fam­ily safe if you’re ever faced with a vio­lent home inva­sion attack.”

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Feb
14

Hitohiro Saito Sensei to South Florida, March 12-13!

“One of aikido’s top instructors, and the son of Morihiro Saito Shihan, will come to Florida, USA on March 12-13, to conduct a must-attend seminar packed with essential information to enhance your understanding of the art. Hitohiro Saito Sensei is a superb teacher, equally skilled at taijutsu and the Aiki Ken and Jo. Attend this seminar and energize your commitment to aikido! – Stanley Pranin”

Hitohiro Saito, founder of the Iwama Shin Shin Aiki Shurenkai in Iwama, Japan, and the heir to the Morihiro Saito legacy is coming to Florida! With over 40 years of aikido experience, Saito Sensei has taught thousands of foreigners serving their apprenticeships in this Mecca of Aikido, the Iwama dojo. Devoted to preserving the spiritual and technical tradition of O-Sensei’s Aikido, Hitohiro Saito has established a reputation throughout the world for his exceptional technique and clarity of his teaching methods. He conducts worldwide annual seminars in the United States, Japan, France, Germany, South America, Portugal, Turkey and Russia, to name a few, and continues to deliver aikido to an audience so fortunate to receive his unsurpassed spiritual and technical expertise.

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This seminar is hosted by Stephanie Yap Sensei of Aikido of South Florida.

Feb
13

More options and free gifts for subscriptions and renewals to Aikido Journal for two years!

Aikido Journal, and its predecessor Aiki News, have been published continuously since 1974. We have a great number of loyal readers who have blessed us with their support over the years. Some of these customers already have many of the products we offer.

In an effort to avoid any duplication of gift items, we have expanded the options and complimentary products available to those readers who subscribe or renew for two years.

To subscribe for two years, please choose from among the following options:

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Feb
13

Recommended reading: “Remembering Morihiro Saito Sensei” by Stanley Pranin

The article below concerning the late Morihiro Saito, 9th dan, 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 on many occasions over the years written articles about my aikido teacher, Morihiro Saito, that have been published in Aiki News and Aikido Journal. During that entire period, however, I had the psychological assurance that this giant of a man was busy with his teaching and caretaking duties in Iwama or off to some far flung part of the globe sharing his encylopedic knowledge of aikido with his foreign students. He was always there.

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Feb
13

“Opportunity …,” by John Will

“Every problem presents us with an OPPORTUNITY to come up with, or develop, a solution. Every Time we ‘tap’ on the mat, we have an OPPORTUNITY to ask ourselves how it happened and to come up with preventative measures. Every time we experience negative feelings we have an OPPORTUNITY to test out ways of thinking that might steer us toward feeling better about ourselves or our situation.”

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Feb
12

Recommended reading: “Morihei Ueshiba, Founder Of Aikido (11)” by Kanemoto Sunadomari

The biographical article below on Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba 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.

It was Onisaburo Deguchi who revealed the path of chinkon and manifested its true essence. Morihei observed and experienced its true nature in Omoto.

Chinkon means to calm the world, the nation, the family and many other things. However, the most important thing is to calm the person, the individual self. One should perfect himself by achieving inner peace. Unless a person shapes and perfects his character, he cannot achieve peace within his family, not to mention society or the nation. If a person who has not yet achieved inner calm or who is incomplete attempts something, the result will be incomplete. Thus, one should reflect upon chinkon-kishin.

Aikido Journal Online has the world’s largest archive of Aikido-related material including articles, interviews, photographs and video clips. As an Aikido Journal Online subscriber you will have access to a variety of website resources reserved exclusively for members. These include:

  • Full access to the ever-growing Aikido Journal archives consisting of more than 650 articles.
  • Full access to Stanley Pranin’s “Encyclopedia of Aikido” featuring some 900 entries with over 200 rare photos.
  • Full access to an ever growing collection of technical and historical video clips featuring many of the best-known exponents of aikido, Daito-ryu aikijujutsu, and other arts.

Besides these advantages, by becoming an Aikido Journal Online subscriber, you help support our staff in its continuing work of researching and documenting the history of aikido, Daito-ryu aikijujutsu, and related martial arts.

Finally, we are pleased to offer two free gifts for those readers who subscribe or renew for two years. In an effort to avoid any duplication of gift items, we have expanded the options to choose from. Click here to find out more information about our subscription/renewal options.

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