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Solidarity with Black Lives Matter Movement

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 01:20
Solidarity with Black Lives Matter Movement
From: Jun Akiyama posted on 3. Jun 2020, 07:20am

AikiWeb wishes to express our solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement and protests taking place all across the world. George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery are but the latest names of countless Black people killed due to systemic racism. Our hearts go out to their families and their communities who are rightfully feeling grief, anger, and more. Aikido founder Morihei Ueshiba expressed wishes that his art be used to reconcile the world and to make all human beings one family. And, as Zen teacher Zenju Earthlyn Manuel wrote, “awareness of oneness in life includes difference.” AikiWeb believes this requires speaking up against injustice in all of its forms and is reminded of Desmond Tutu’s quote, “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.” The Aikido community is not immune to these unjust dynamics. We can always do more and continuously improve ourselves. Please join the movement to bring about a more equitable world through donations, engagement, and advocacy. Thank you.

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    Article: "Great Aikido - Aikido Greats" by Ellis Amdur

    Wed, 05/27/2020 - 05:10
    Article: "Great Aikido - Aikido Greats" by Ellis Amdur
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 27. May 2020, 11:10am
    URL: https://kogenbudo.org/great-aikido-aikido-greats/

    Here is a lovely article from Ellis Amdur on his thoughts on what components constitute a "great" practitioner of classical aikido. From the article: “I wish to tease out the components that I have observed among those who were able to – and did – protect their training hall against dojo breakers or people who challenged them on the mat, striving to embarrass them or worse; those who handled taryujiai; and those who had or have a particular brilliance that has garnered them true respect, not only among other aikidoka, but among practitioners of other martial arts as well. I am making as clear a distinction as I can between the excellent aikido practitioner, whatever their rank and true virtuosos.”

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    "It Had to Be Felt" Essay on Hiroki Nemoto by Mitch Troop

    Tue, 05/26/2020 - 13:28
    "It Had to Be Felt" Essay on Hiroki Nemoto by Mitch Troop
    From: Jun Akiyama posted on 26. May 2020, 07:28pm
    URL: http://www.aikiweb.com/forums/showthread.php?t=25789

    The latest in the “It Had to Be Felt” series is now available, this time on Nemoto Hiroki (7th dan) written by Mitch Troop. From the essay: “Whenever he had me in an nikkyo or sankyo lock, I had nowhere to go to escape the pain. Instead, I would go wherever he directed my body, not because I was compliant, but because I had no choice. I remember once asking some Russian uchi-deshi how they were enjoying their morning training and their answer was a half-joking, but also half-serious reply of, 'Every day he breaks us.'“

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