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Before And After Counts Double

There is a Japanese term, “atogeiko,” which refers to individually-driven training before or after formal class training. Atogeiko holds a long tradition in Aikido history, and every renowned Aikido shihan has stories about how atogeiko during

The Two Types of “Ki”

“There are two type of ki: ordinary ki and true ki. Ordinary ki is coarse and heavy; true ki is light and versatile. In order to perform well, you have to liberate yourself from ordinary

Balance From Destruction: Secret Teachings of O Sensei

The term koppojutsu (“bone technique”) is most frequently used in traditional Japanese martial arts to refer to “breaking” techniques.  They are the joint-breaking techniques of koryu Jujitsu and Ninjutsu, and the kicks and strikes of old form Karate designed to

Saotome Sensei’s Dōgi Principle

Consider whether you have ever had the following experience.  After working up a good sweat in an energetic class, you take off you uniform, change into your street clothes, and put your belt, hakama, and gi

Martial Arts, Martial Sports, and Martial Journeys

“Martial arts” is a generic tern, which in most peoples’ minds includes any kind of physical activity with elements of self-defense or prepares against some kind of physical violence.  However, I think it causes a lot

Tsuka Maki Bracelet

I had some leftover leather tsuka ito (Japanese handle wrap cord), and various odds-and-ends remaining from various sword furnishing projects, and I decided to use them to make a leather bracelet using tsuka maki (handle wrapping)

Learning As Teacher

When I first was given the responsibility of teaching and managing an Aikido school, I saw it as a burden and responsibility – time necessarily taken away from “real” training.  It took a while but