Tips for New Teachers

By Guy Hagen and Sharon Hainsfurther Maybe you’ve been there: Your teacher asks you to cover class, or to take a spot on the regular instruction schedule. You say yes – but then the flood of concerns hits: Who am I to teach? What do I possibly I have to offer? Your ego may be […]

The Secret Wisdom of Soap Bubbles

Back in the early nineties I spent a little time with a zazen study group, practicing and learning the art of Zen meditation.  I learned a lot, but one of the most valuable lessons I received was about how to let go of the things my subconscious would throw up in order to hang on […]

Saotome Sensei’s Significance of Leadership (Part 1)

This the first of a few articles that Saotome Sensei asked me to help him write on the subject of leadership. “Leadership” is an important concept for Saotome Sensei, and one that he thinks has critical significance for all teachers of martial arts.  He frequently mentions the term in his seminars, and at recent instructors […]

Saotome Sensei and the Science of Multiple Attackers

Among O Sensei’s uchi deshi, Mitsugi Saotome Shihan has a reputation for his amazing and martial randori (multiple attacker) demonstrations. As you may have read from Sensei’s biography, he has consulted and demonstrated for the Pentagon and the US Army Special Forces about multiple attacker and “gauntlet” scenarios. Randori is a special interest of mine, […]

Mitsugi Saotome Shihan: the Teacher as Designer

After this weekend’s Instructor Seminar in DC, I was sitting in the house with Saotome Sensei, and senseis Patty, Chetan, John, Thurston and Nina. Sensei elaborated more on his discussion of what he means by “designing” that I thought was really valuable. He said that it would be unthinkable for a surgeon to make the […]

Open House Demonstration Video

Clips from the Aikido Chuseikan of Tampa Bay Dojo “Open House” class and demonstration, with Sensei Guy Hagen, Sensei Don Ellingsworth, and Sensei Melissa Bell. The Aikido Chuseikan school is affiliated with the Aikido Schools of Ueshiba and World Aikido Headquarters, and opened for adult and family martial arts instruction on March 9, 2013.

Open House Photos

Toivo Voll took some fantastic photos from our Open House on March 9th – be sure to check them out on our Facebook page our his Shadowfantasy gallery site! The following slideshow photos were provided courtesy of Davis Houdek. [nivoslider id=”595″]

Aikido Classes Now Starting in our New Ybor City Dojo!

Aikido Chuseikan is now officially open and classes have started. We are now accepting interested students at all levels from beginner to advanced – adults and children – to sign up and drop in to visit and train with us Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays. Please see our calendar for the full schedule. See you […]