2020-02-07/09 Seminar: Sensei Bruce Bookman

On February 7-9 (2020), please join us once again for a special seminar with Sensei Bruce Bookman. Participation is limited to the first 30 people that register with payment.  If you would like to pay by check, please drop it in the mail to the dojo address.  Use the link below to make an on-line payment. […]

How To Train For A Million Years, Part 2

This the second part of a two-part article, “How To Train For A Million Years.” You can read the first part of the article here. As human beings, we have a finite amount of time that we can spend improving our martial arts through keiko, and this creates an absolute limit to how much we can […]

¿Que crea un increíble maestro de Aikido?

Recientemente, me propuse revisar algunos videos de lo que las personas parecen considerar como demostraciones “increíbles” de maestros de Aikido. Mi objetivo simplemente era observar que atributos tenían en común, que características inspiran a personas para consideran estos ejemplos de Aikido que sean considerados mejor que otros. Miré los videos, sin importar el estilo o […]

What Makes An Amazing Aikido Teacher?

Recently, I set out to review a lot of videos of what people seem to be holding up as “amazing aikido” teachers and demonstrations.  My goal was simply to observe what attributes they had in common, what characteristics inspired people to consider these examples of Aikido to be better than others.  I looked at videos […]

2017 Seminar: Sensei Tres Hofmeister

Please join us December 8-10 for a special seminar with Shihan Tres Hofmeister, 7th Dan Aikido Schools of Ueshiba. Sensei Hofmeister is one of the most senior instructors in the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba. He  teaches regularly at Boulder Aikikai and at seminars throughout North America and abroad. Hofmeister Sensei is also a certified practitioner of […]

2017 Seminar: Sensei Dan Messisco, Memorial Day Weekend

Please join us this Memorial Day Weekend (May 26-28, 2017) for our annual seminar with Sensei Dan Messico (ASU 6th Dan). Aikido practitioners of all affiliations and rank are invited to join Sensei Messisco in exploring his insights regarding freedom in practice, creating form to manifest spontaneous technique, building awareness in uke and nage, and receiving […]

Aikido Vs. MMA: The Unflinching Comparison

Recently, a fellow Aikido teacher shared a video with me of a YouTube commentator evaluating Aikido videos.  In general, this commentator expressed incredulity and disdain regarding what he saw of Aikido as a fighting art.  As this was about the 300th video, article, and forum thread I have seen on this topic, and because it occasionally […]

Saotome Sensei, And Getting Stuck On The Mountain

We’ve all heard training in a martial art compared to the metaphor of climbing a mountain.  The metaphor provides an inspiring and instructive image, but Saotome Sensei has some cautionary words about dangerous potential mental pitfalls it poses for teachers. The Mountain Metaphor The metaphor of “climbing a mountain” is one used in many martial arts.  It […]

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 into your uniform bag.  As you prepare to leave, you reach down to pick up your equipment bag, and whoof, […]