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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 […]
What are the attributes of a person that becomes a truly amazing martial artist? I am going to start with three myths and assumptions that I regularly run into among students (and sometimes, even teachers). You must have physical strength, power, and fitness. Most people really only have about 15 years or less for youth to […]
[one_half][set_id=72157633916545860][/one_half][“one_half_last”] Photos from the June 2nd, 2013 white belt (kyu) testing at the Aikido Chuseikan Dojo. All photos courtesy of Toivo Voll; larger versions of the photos are available at the photographer’s Flickr site (click on the images for gallery link). [/one_half_last]