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Thank you for your good wishes (Bartosz Ciechanowicz)

Wed, 12/04/2019 - 01:02
General: Thank you for your good wishes - 0 Replies

From: Bartosz Ciechanowicz on Wed, 04 Dec 2019 02:02:52 -0700

Thank you for your good wishes. Please, buy my book as a gift. Thank you and best regards. Bartosz Ciechanowicz (4 dan aikido) :) Amazon...
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Aikido After Hip Replacement (James Frankiewicz)

Tue, 12/03/2019 - 13:16
Training: Aikido After Hip Replacement - 20 Replies

From: James Frankiewicz on Tue, 03 Dec 2019 14:16:42 -0700

A few months back, I attended a seminar of a certain shihan who underwent hip replacement several months prior. I did not notice this myself, even after taking a bit of ukemi for her. I only found out about it during the drive home when my dojo mates (women, in this case) were talking about it (I guess they found out from some changing room conversation or some such thing). I was certainly impressed, and my friend, who is a registered nurse, noted that the people who don't come out better for it are the ones who don't persist through the relatively temporary after-pain of the surgery itself, then stiffen-up for lack of movement and stretching.
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Iwama or Takemasu (Edward Matthews)

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 06:27
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From: Edward Matthews on Thu, 28 Nov 2019 07:27:23 -0700

Hello folks, I was wondering if anyone could please tell me the difference between Takemusu (or Iwama) style aikido compared to other styles? Thanks in advance.
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The purpose of Aikido? (David Skaggs)

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 04:10
Anonymous: The purpose of Aikido? - 119 Replies

From: David Skaggs on Thu, 28 Nov 2019 05:10:13 -0700

[QUOTE=Anonymous User;354521]Each Albrigi tank meets an operational philosophy based on nearly thirty years of experience in the production of stainless steel systems, which has guided the company towards the application of the most modern technologies and the most advanced construction techniques. The high quality standards, supported by the almost entirely robotized production structure, complete the maximum precision of processing and finishing. All Albrigi Tecnologie tanks are fully integrated with AISI 304, AISI 304L, AISI 316 and AISI 316L austenitic steel and comply with the second highest quality standard and the most restrictive norms of the sector (GMP, FDA, 3A). These processes are added to the guarantee of the steel, a particular effectiveness and speed in the operations of maintenance and cleaning, according to the legislation. In the last ten years Albrigi Tecnologie has specialized in the food sector in particular, providing high quality systems for famous brands in the industry such as Aia, Barilla and Zuegg. Its geographical location, in the heart of Valpantena, which is part of the so-called enlarged Valpolicella, where Amarone and Recioto is produced, has made it possible, however, that Albrigi Tecnologie immediately developed an attention for the wine sector, so much so that over the years it has become one of the most successful companies in Italy also in the construction of registered plants for the storage and fermentation of wines .. The owner is Stefano Albrigi who, after a long experience in the sector, has understood the importance of investing in technological development and in in-house professional skills. For this reason, around 35% of turnover is spent on research and business improvements. For Albrigi Tecnologie the search for ever new solutions is in the first place. Among the innovations recently proposed at the latest trade fairs (Vinitaly, Simei, Sitevi), we recall Il Archimede System, control and vinification system for automation in the cellar, Picturetank and Colourtank, for a touch of liveliness in the cellar and Polifascia, economic and innovative system, an exclusive Albrigi patent to condition your existing tanks[/QUOTE] At first I thought this post was from Eric Mead and I was trying to understand how the physics of wine storage could improve my Aikido. dps
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Aikido lessons explanation (Robin Boyd)

Thu, 11/28/2019 - 01:10
General: Aikido lessons explanation - 1 Replies

From: Robin Boyd on Thu, 28 Nov 2019 02:10:19 -0700

You want to know why the word "lesson" was used? It's because "kyo" (教) in Japanese literally means lesson. Some incredibly bad translator must have translated it that way at some point. Then, some gullible oriental fetishist aikido student must have read something deeper into it. I repeat "lesson" is a poor translation, nothing more, nothing less. As for my source, I credit 27 years of studying Japanese, 7 years of living in Japan, and 9 years as a full-time translator. I apologise in advance for being grumpy and possibly calling your teacher a "gullible oriental fetishist".
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USAF Responds to Petition "Support Women in the USAF" (Marta Fernandez)

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 15:59
AikiWeb System: USAF Responds to Petition "Support Women in the USAF" - 8 Replies

From: Marta Fernandez on Wed, 27 Nov 2019 16:59:53 -0700

This happens according to every country in the world, including Hombu Dojo, where there aren't as many women in Aikido as we think. I really agree that there is no recognition for women in Aikido, this is a manifestation of a lower consciousness. If we really knew the power that each possesses, we could act in a wiser way and start expressing ourselves in a more shocking and determined way. We must understand that everything in Aikido is Yin and Yang when we understand this we only seek to work together and understand the principles of Aiki. Marta Fernández 6Dan Aikikai Dojo Aikido México Aikikai Kokoro no Michi
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Presentation (Marta Fernandez)

Wed, 11/27/2019 - 15:09
Introductions: Presentation - 0 Replies

From: Marta Fernandez on Wed, 27 Nov 2019 16:09:12 -0700

Hello My name is Marta and the price of participating in this Aikido Forum. I started at Aikido in 1979, so I've had the opportunity to learn from magnificent Aikido masters. My organization is Aikido México Aikikai Kokoro no Michi. (The Way of the Heart) and I want to be able to share and learn from all of you. Thank you for this opportunity.
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I thought ki was fake. (Bernd Lehnen)

Wed, 11/20/2019 - 10:49
General: I thought ki was fake. - 25 Replies

From: Bernd Lehnen on Wed, 20 Nov 2019 11:49:06 -0700

[QUOTE=Gerald Lopez;354356]Yes, Bernd, it is both! Ki, and its equivalents, qi, prana, etc, have been mentioned in literature spanning thousands of years; so, as a concept it has been discussed extensively. It has also been the basis of health systems that are still in use.... This is not to say it has not been questioned and challenged - the Vitalism vs Atomism/Mechanism debate has raged in ancient Greece and India for centuries. However, both the Vitalism and the Atomism theories are just that - models that have some coherence and some evidence to "prove" their existence. As W. Edwards Deming, adviser to Japan after the war, said, "All models are not true; but some are more useful than others." ......... Koichi Tohei taught that ki is a highly useful model for understanding aikido and performing it excellently. Not only that, he believed it is also a useful basis for self-mastery and personal transformation. Tohei was the first person to articulate Ueshiba's teaching in terms of ki, and to develop a system to learn and practise ki. ......... My contention is that aikido was meant by its founder to be a means of personal transformation and individuation. This means that a holistic approach is needed: one that integrates body, mind and subtle energy - ki. It involves opening oneself up to a way of thinking, feeling and practising that is sometimes vague, sometimes seemingly beyond reach, yet sometimes very clear and tangible. Ki is not easy to grasp, it takes time, and it needs a sense of letting go rather than intellectual analysis. To have a mechanistic, reductionist approach to aikido reduces it to physical techniques and nothing else. That is why many people misunderstand aikido in relation to "self-defence," and why there is so much confusion about the purpose and modern-day relevance of aikido. Best, Gerald [url][/url][/QUOTE] Hello Gerald, In fact, you gave a lot of effort with your answer, and what you're saying sounds pretty plausible. But actually, like Tohei, you're talking about a belief system, or perhaps a philosophical approach. Tohei's approach, as far as I'm aware, was heavily influenced by yoga. But I know other people who can do comparable things, even more effectively, and they explain exactly what they are doing without resorting to Ki. Nevertheless, quite not a few would immediately say, oh, now I see for the very first time, what aikido is about. Our perception is simply not always and under all circumstances reliable. So, it may well be that you feel bewildered and do not understand why you find yourself on the ground again, but someone else could easily explain it to you, if he wanted, without having to resort to ki or any kind of esotericism. The founder and Tohei may have said a lot of things and in the best of intentions. In any case, the Japanese native speakers generally use Ki in down to earth terms i.e. combinations of memes, that have clearly nothing esoteric about them, just as we, on the other hand, do not need "Esoterics" in our Aikido, to make it incomprehensible. At least to quite a many of those with less experience. In the end, a human being can only do what a human being can and there is nothing supernatural about it, however exceptional it may seem. Best, Bernd
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Ex-dojo Grading? (Kevin Kina)

Tue, 11/19/2019 - 20:01
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From: Kevin Kina on Tue, 19 Nov 2019 21:01:45 -0700

Kind of a weird question, but is it possible for a person to undergo grading when they have only received private training, i.e. they do not belong to a sanctioned dojo? Perhaps at honbu dojo? (I'm not asking for myself, btw. Passed my first grading yesterday for 5th kyuu. Yay!)
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Katory Shinto Ryu (Andrés Weber)

Wed, 11/13/2019 - 06:39
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From: Andrés Weber on Wed, 13 Nov 2019 07:39:47 -0700

Dear I hope you can help me with the following question. I have noticed that in the Katori Shinto Ryu when taking the right hand towards the Katana to grab it and then unsheat it, they do it with the palm up. What is the name of this technical gesture of bringing his hand palm up in Japanese? I hope my question is understood. Thanks for worrying. Attached youtube video where you see the technical gesture before taking the katana. [url][/url]
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Rare Footage Of UK AIkido Pioneer Sensei Kenneth Williams (Gerald Lopez)

Mon, 11/11/2019 - 12:20
General: Rare Footage Of UK AIkido Pioneer Sensei Kenneth Williams - 15 Replies

From: Gerald Lopez on Mon, 11 Nov 2019 13:20:19 -0700

One of the only videos I can find of him. He was my teacher in the 80s and 90s, and he was a charismatic man and brilliant instructor. Now that I have started practising again, his words come flooding back to me. Likewise, he used to tell us that the words of his teacher, Kenshiro Abbe, still came to him, words that he may not have understood when they were uttered. The big strapping uke you see was Paul MecKechan, his assistant of 10 years. Their flow together was a marvel to experience.
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Is there a 'Ki Aikido' technique book? (Lionel Moulas)

Mon, 10/21/2019 - 03:06
Supplies: Is there a 'Ki Aikido' technique book? - 8 Replies

From: Lionel Moulas on Mon, 21 Oct 2019 03:06:19 -0600

Not sure how to edit the list of books on Ki training.. the australian and canadian ki aikido books could be added... ? [url][/url]
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