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31 kata kumi jo - move 7&8 (Stefan Hultberg)

Mon, 07/06/2020 - 02:38
Weapons: 31 kata kumi jo - move 7&8 - 0 Replies

From: Stefan Hultberg on Mon, 06 Jul 2020 02:38:15 -0600

Which sort of attack lies behind moves 7 & 8 in the 31 kata kumi jo? I have heard several bids. Any opinions? When this attack from behind is considered, how should oneÂ’s movement in move 7 be in order to avoid the attack and deal with the new attacker before turning back to the original one? All the best Stefan Hultberg
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The Aikido Game (Andrea Pfisterer)

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 08:52
Marketplace: The Aikido Game - 0 Replies

From: Andrea Pfisterer on Thu, 11 Jun 2020 08:52:11 -0600

Anyone who loves aikido and likes playing games, will love this card game with 40 aptly portrayed, unique characters from Aikido. It can be played in five playing variations and can also serve in childrens classes. For example to address different training attitudes: why blocking or talking in training makes little sense. Or how you could help a student to improve. They can also be used as representatives for techniques or warm-up exercises. Jutta Bossert, an aikido practitioner herself, lovingly portrayed and characterized these animals. The game was designed by myself. More details and pictures of the game you can find here: [URL=""][/URL] Orders only possible for another 7 days!
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Racism and Aikido (Jun Akiyama)

Thu, 06/11/2020 - 07:29
General: Racism and Aikido - 0 Replies

From: Jun Akiyama on Thu, 11 Jun 2020 07:29:19 -0600

Hi folks, With all of the protests occurring all over the world, I thought I would try to start a civil and meaningful discussion on the topic of racism and aikido. I know this is a multi-layered and complex topic (especially with an international audience), not to mention volatile. So, please—let’s engage with respect here. To start off this discussion, I wanted to ask two questions: Is racism an issue within the art of aikido? If so, in what ways? If not, what are your thoughts behind that? Is systemic racism an issue within aikido organizations? If so, in what ways? If not, what are your thoughts behind that? Best, -- Jun
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Solidarity with Black Lives Matter Movement (AikiWeb System)

Wed, 06/03/2020 - 08:20
AikiWeb System: Solidarity with Black Lives Matter Movement - 0 Replies

From: AikiWeb System on Wed, 03 Jun 2020 08:20:19 -0600

Posted 2020-06-03 08:19:34 by Jun Akiyama 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. ___________________ ~~~ To submit a news item to AikiWeb's front page, [url=""]click here[/url]. ~~~
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Article: "Great Aikido - Aikido Greats" by Ellis Amdur (AikiWeb System)

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 12:10
AikiWeb System: Article: "Great Aikido - Aikido Greats" by Ellis Amdur - 0 Replies

From: AikiWeb System on Wed, 27 May 2020 12:10:20 -0600

Posted 2020-05-27 12:09:56 by Jun Akiyama News URL: [url=""][/url] 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.” ___________________ ~~~ To submit a news item to AikiWeb's front page, [url=""]click here[/url]. ~~~
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Teaching Aikido to Children (Henele Veikune)

Wed, 05/27/2020 - 09:26
Teaching: Teaching Aikido to Children - 1 Replies

From: Henele Veikune on Wed, 27 May 2020 09:26:28 -0600

hello, I been teaching kids for 5 years now. We don't have a dojo but we use a gym for our practice. Most of my student are at "risk" kids, have learning problem . They are all willing to learn Aikido but the only problem they struggle with is the technique names. Do you have any advice? Thanks
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"It Had to Be Felt" Essay on Hiroki Nemoto by Mitch Troop (AikiWeb System)

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 20:28
AikiWeb System: "It Had to Be Felt" Essay on Hiroki Nemoto by Mitch Troop - 0 Replies

From: AikiWeb System on Tue, 26 May 2020 20:28:58 -0600

Posted 2020-05-26 20:28:00 by Jun Akiyama News URL: [url=""][/url] The latest in the “It Had to Be Felt” series is [url=""]now available[/url], 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.'“ ___________________ ~~~ To submit a news item to AikiWeb's front page, [url=""]click here[/url]. ~~~
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Favorite Aikido Book? (Jun Akiyama)

Tue, 05/26/2020 - 10:45
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From: Jun Akiyama on Tue, 26 May 2020 10:45:48 -0600

Hi folks, I was thinking of Clark Bateman and thought I'd start this thread in memory of him. What's your favorite aikido book, and why? -- Jun
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jealous wife is cramping my teaching style (John Robinson)

Mon, 05/25/2020 - 13:29
Anonymous: jealous wife is cramping my teaching style - 45 Replies

From: John Robinson on Mon, 25 May 2020 13:29:31 -0600

Okay. I hope the op has resolved the issue by now?
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Aikido and time (Justin Tom)

Sat, 05/23/2020 - 05:41
Spiritual: Aikido and time - 47 Replies

From: Justin Tom on Sat, 23 May 2020 05:41:57 -0600

Quantum mechanics and quantum theory always had, and continues to hurt my head.
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You might be an Aikido addict if .... (Justin Tom)

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 19:34
Humor: You might be an Aikido addict if .... - 533 Replies

From: Justin Tom on Fri, 22 May 2020 19:34:37 -0600

[QUOTE=David Skaggs;354679]I remember after I had learned to do ukemi rolls and falls without fear standing at the end of a grocery store aisle and feeling a strong desire to roll the length of the aisle. dps[/QUOTE] Did you actually do ukemi rolls in the grocery store aisle? Did anyone see you do it? I was only brave enough to attempt rolls on the school's hard tiled floors.
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I graded for my red/black belt today (John Robinson)

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 16:09
General: I graded for my red/black belt today - 12 Replies

From: John Robinson on Fri, 22 May 2020 16:09:54 -0600

I think i was a bit delusional. I've got a couple of ribbens, and also a nice big tattoo on my chest, going from my peck to my collar bone. And yes, having that tat in, did nearly kill me! lol. John. But seriously we're all well. I've been having a vacation from Martial art, but i would like to go back. If they will let me?
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Returning to Aikiweb after a hiatus (John Robinson)

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 16:05
Introductions: Returning to Aikiweb after a hiatus - 0 Replies

From: John Robinson on Fri, 22 May 2020 16:05:26 -0600

Well I got banned from another (internet) club, and a couple of months ago Jun invited me back here, for my birthday blessing. I hope you guys are doing well, and let me know how you have been getting along here? I know it's been a while?! John Robinson
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dan promotions (John Robinson)

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 16:01
General: dan promotions - 3 Replies

From: John Robinson on Fri, 22 May 2020 16:01:46 -0600

[QUOTE=Carl Thompson;354577]Here is the list: [URL=""] [/URL][/QUOTE] Stay blessed.
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Direction for Projecting Energy (Jon Reading)

Fri, 05/22/2020 - 09:54
Training: Direction for Projecting Energy - 45 Replies

From: Jon Reading on Fri, 22 May 2020 09:54:24 -0600

[QUOTE=Steven Wright;354855]I suppose the reason you manage the forces / energy within yourself is because there should be no resistance at the point of contact and therefore no feedback. As soon as you are working with a model that feels the direction of your partners force, you are falling back into the application of external force and leverage. [/QUOTE] I think these are good observations. When I train IP, the exercise is managing opposing forces. In a push exercise, my partner is pushing [on my center] to deliberately make an imbalance that requires attention. Through a variety of training goals I work until I can't feel the affect of the push. In the beginning, our body [which doesn't know any better] tells us, "Wow, I can't feel anything!" In truth, the push did not change - our body is receiving the same about of feedback as before, it just doesn't know how to process the information because the training is creating new feedback that is unfamiliar to our brains. After a while, our body learns how to process that new information and we actually become more sensitive (due to the new information our body can interpret). The same process happens for my partner, just the other side of things. As a tip off that we are not working with aiki... [QUOTE]As soon as you are working with a model that feels the direction of your partners force, you are falling back into the application of external force and leverage.[/QUOTE] Yup. It goes back to our freedom of movement. As soon as we start using unidirectional force instead of omnidirectional force, we change our conversation from the potential to go anywhere (omni directional) to the potential to go one way (unidirectional). And for the sake of conversation, waves are still usually unidirectional force (i.e. up, then down). [QUOTE]If you maintain your own energy, then nage should feel little effort and uke should feel like there is power coming from a direction that cannot be sourced.[/QUOTE] This is the general idea. Because anything that bows makes power your partner should never be able to grab the part of you that is making power (because many parts of you are making power, unified in movement). So all those times when you could feel a tug, or get whipped around, or feel where the technique was going, or outright stop a movement. Regardless of whether you complied with the technique or not, you can guess that you probably were't working with aiki. There are exceptions, for sure. But, it's a humble pill to swallow to consider how much of our training is not "aiki". Looking at the larger picture in this thread, one can understand the difficulty in a conversation about energy work, which would require at least the basics of knowing how to cultivate energy (aiki). Couple that with an ongoing definition of aiki that will never solidify into a training methodology.
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Aikido for kids (Henele Veikune)

Thu, 05/21/2020 - 09:55
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From: Henele Veikune on Thu, 21 May 2020 09:55:31 -0600

I have a hard time trying to teach the technique names to kids . Even the adult class. Is there any other way . Some people say, "why is it important to learn the names , we cannot use it anywhere else." like If someone attack you cannot say "shomenuchi kiawase". How can you approach a different level group the technique names that are a totally different language Don't get me wrong these student willing to learn but its like a doors stopper. these kids are at "risk".
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Aikido mix with other martial arts (Henele Veikune)

Tue, 05/19/2020 - 11:05
General: Aikido mix with other martial arts - 0 Replies

From: Henele Veikune on Tue, 19 May 2020 11:05:49 -0600

[ My English is not really good but I will try my best to explain] I teach Aikido to afterschool kids from low income families for free. What I found out that most kids start Aikido then pull out because the parents want them to do other style. In the little town that I am from, almost everyone want to do MMA . Only few have interest in Doing Aikido, with a twist .I think one of the problem is the language { Japanese]. I don't want to disrespect the arts but I mixed Aikido with Kafa [ Island Martial Arts], Judo, karate . People respond was outstanding . I just want some input from you. thanks
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Could a child fail a grading? (Henele Veikune)

Mon, 05/18/2020 - 13:20
Testing: Could a child fail a grading? - 31 Replies

From: Henele Veikune on Mon, 18 May 2020 13:20:02 -0600

[QUOTE=Henele Veikune;354835]Hello, I have been teaching classes in our dojo for a little 5 years now the age is from 9 - 16 yrs .Half of this kids have leaning disabilities. I have another class is for adult. Yes working with kids is a challenge but I enjoy it . But my answer to the question Could a child fail a grading for me is yes. I used color belt for grading. In order for kid to pass they have to know and understand the technique. Bullies is the problem in where I am at, and to overcome the fear in school practice what they learn in the dojo by apply it on me then from that confidence building up they can use it to help themselves outside. the older kids excuses is a big problem but my younger student enthusiasm, commitment, confidence moved the older kids to participate.[/QUOTE] I think Belt is a decoration but the skills that each kids learn is more important . One of my student he is 10 yrs . Been training with me for over two years .I took what he learn from the dojo home and practice . In school too. He used to be bullied a lot ["most of the time physical"] .He used what he learn in the dojo and apply in school .The pushing and punching are no more .It seem they move to verbal. But this kids still hold on. One of the things that I learn when kids trust you as the teacher they will share their problem with you . We sit in a group and discuss it. Thanks
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RIP: Clark Bateman (Jun Akiyama)

Sun, 05/17/2020 - 16:14
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From: Jun Akiyama on Sun, 17 May 2020 16:14:50 -0600

Hi Lynn, Thank you for the news--I am truly saddened to hear of his passing. Clark was a consummate gentleman and a scholar, both. I appreciated everything he shared here on AikiWeb and on Aikido Journal. My condolences go out to his family, friends, and loved ones. -- Jun
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