The Wave of Presence


Previously published in USAF Aikido News on August 28, 2015 Whenever we experience a particularly effective technique we notice nage’s presence immediately. Like a tidal wave that suddenly appears out of nowhere, it can sweep us off our feet while we look on in awe. Presence can be powerful yet subtle, and become the center of attention … [Read more…]

A Recent Graduate

Sarah's Shodan Test

Getting your Shodan is like being a recent graduate. It is the culmination of a long process of dedicated study. Hours of practice, and lessons learned from your teachers. No wonder we feel so accomplished. The graduate gets a diploma, and a degree. We get a black belt, and a most precious hakama. And, for … [Read more…]

Student Etiquette 201

Before Class

This is not your basic level etiquette in Aikido article. There are already many such articles devoted to its basics. I want to go a step deeper, if you will. Consequently, ‘201’. Etiquette is no other thing than manners. Each society has its own rules of propriety. Burping during dinner could be seen as disgusting or … [Read more…]