“I propose a compact for our mutual benefit… Onegaishimasu!

In the last six months since we opened the Aikido Journal Members Site, we have been testing different approaches to make this important part of Aikido Journal an indispensable tool for aikidoka. You may have noticed a flurry of activity, and an unending stream of new materials including videos, screencasts, historical photos, articles, PDFs, charts, and even Morihei Ueshiba’s name card!

What’s going on? Basically, I want to create a storehouse for my research legacy and an additional income stream based on digital delivery of our content. Fewer and fewer customers are opting for delivery of physical products. This is the trend all over the world. I, for one, would not shed a tear if we could minimize our trips to the post office, in favor of immediate, on-demand delivery of content over the Internet. This will allow us to reduce prices on our products, and allow you to receive your product within a few short minutes.

These days, the economy being what it is, many people are budgeting themselves very carefully, and have less discretionary income than in previous times. Even the cost of paying tuition at an aikido dojo comes under scrutiny. We know aikido training is a life-enriching activity and that we derive great benefit from it; nonetheless, it is yet another item in the budget subject to scrutiny.

So here is a short list of things I would like to propose you do that will benefit you personally and Aikido Journal as a servant of the aikido community… and doesn’t cost anything:

  • Click on the Facebook “Share” button on the upper right of this blog and any content you think worthy of being shared with your circle of friends. A trivial amount of time is required for this simple action, yet it allows us to reach many more folks with our message.
  • If you are receiving our emails, forward any interesting item to your aikido friends in case they’re unaware of our activities. Just hit the “forward” button in your email program and enter your friend’s address.
  • It is our wish to allow free subscribers to access most of our content when published. After testing out different methods, we have settled on a “free for a few days” approach to allow you to access new content. After that, the document goes into the “paid subscriber” archive for future access. So please act quickly to access new content, keeping in mind this approach and the rationale behind it.

I work seven days a week, have for years, and expect to do so for many more years, God willing. This is my life’s work, and you can expect this steady stream of content to continue until I finish the job… which will be NEVER!

In short, we’ll provide great content that is mostly free that you can’t get anywhere else. You invest a few seconds of your time to spread the word about our work. We can thus progress along the path together to our mutual benefit.

Just to give you an idea of the content we’ve been offering, have a look at the last 20 items uploaded to the Aikido Journal Members Site:

  • Video: Morihei Ueshiba, Kisshomaru Ueshiba, Christian Tissier — French TV documentary, c.1983
  • Screencast: Focus on History — “Morihei and the Young Bucks of the Aikikai,” by Stanley Pranin”
  • A Biography of Rinjiro Shirata – Part 2, by Kozo Kaku
  • Do we know what Aikido truly is?, by Francis Takahashi
  • Magazine: Aiki News Number 49, 1982
  • Memoir of the Master, by Morihei Ueshiba with commentary by Stanley Pranin
  • Screencast: Focus on History — “Ueshiba Family Tree: The Line of Succession”
  • A Biography of Rinjiro Shirata – Part 1, by Kozo Kaku
  • Magazine: Aiki News Number 79, 1988
  • Video: Rinjiro Shirata — “1978 Yamagata TV Documentary — Part 1” (member video)
  • Video: Koichi Tohei teaches Ki Society Seminar in Osaka, 1983 — Part 3 (member-video)
  • Screencast: Focus on History — “The Old Aikikai Hombu Dojo: Inside and Out,” by Stanley Pranin
  • Screencast: Focus on History — “Morihei demonstrates jodori with his son, Kisshomaru”
  • Video: Koichi Tohei teaches Ki Society Seminar in Osaka, 1983 — Part 2
  • Screencast: Focus on History — “Morihei Ueshiba’s Ill-starred Mongolian Expedition,” by Stanley Pranin
  • Video: Koichi Tohei teaches Ki Society Seminar in Osaka, 1983 — Part 1
  • Screencast: Focus on History — “Morihei Ueshiba’s Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Teaching Certification,” by Stanley Pranin
  • Historical photos: “The first person to introduce Aikido to the US revisited,” by Stanley Pranin
  • Magazine: Aikido Journal Number 108, 1996
  • Video: Tetsuzan Kuroda, Headmaster of Kuroda Family Bujutsu, at Aiki Expo 2003

I’ll be watching the counter on the Facebook “Share” button! :)

Thanks Folks… Yoroshiku onegaishimasu!


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