Aikido As A Martial Art Without Competition:

Aikido As A Martial Art Without Competition:

The“Aikido Koan” And It’s Implications For Our Practice By Ania Small Most everyone training Aikido is familiar with the famous O’Sensei quote: “There are no contests in the Art of Peace. A true warrior is invincible because he or she contests with nothing....
TEACHING ON THE MAT part one

TEACHING ON THE MAT part one

UNWANTED “HELP” ON THE MAT PART ONE By Ania Small As a woman training a martial art, I’ve been on the receiving end of teaching, or what I will also call here “helping” on the mat, many times. I will define it as offering verbal or non-verbal suggestions...
Aspects of the Proper Attitude of Uke

Aspects of the Proper Attitude of Uke

Below is a post from our friend and Aikido teacher Dan Penrod from the other Portland! I have been thinking about this a great deal, and considering ways to help students figure out what is appropriate. Taking ukemi provides students of Aikido with some of the very...
Etiquette in a martial art dojo !

Etiquette in a martial art dojo !

The following article on Etiquette in the martial arts written by aikido historian Stanley Pranin is from Aikido Journal One of the things I like best about this discussion of the implied promise of the bow on the part of both sides to practice within safe bounds....

Fitness and health for Vets with PTSD

“Aikido, a tool in treating vets with CRPTSD “ First workshop is held at our dojo on April 10, 12:00pm-1:30pm Combat Related Post Traumatic Stress Disorder Aikido is an effective means of dealing with aggression which does not require great strength and...
10 Reasons Martial Arts Benefit Kids

10 Reasons Martial Arts Benefit Kids

Here is post from a blog by Ken Myers that I came across and think it is worth sharing. It clearly describes key benefits of training from a parents perspective. In Aikido we would probably look at some of these in a different order. Let us know how you look at the...
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