At the seminar held in appreciation of Wendy Whited Sensei April 8-10, 2022, at Inaka Dojo in Beecher, Illinois, participants were each offered offered a small gift bag containing items of traditional Japanese art and design. [Read more…] about Mementos of a Life: Gifts from Wendy Whited Sensei
Every practice has a cost, there is a ton of slag for an ounce of gold. Just walking in the door and getting on the mat for an hour doesn’t necessarily meaning that you’ll make any progress. Over time technique will stagnate and training may get boring, but even worse the risk for injuries goes way up. [Read more…] about Training Differently
Half of an aikido class is falling down and while falling down is fun, good exercise and a chance to feel the skills of my partner I want it to be more. I’ve come to realize that I can help a new student more when I am taking ukemi that when I am doing the technique (or even than when I am leading class). In addition I can learn more about how to do the technique and why the technique works from uke side than from nage side. [Read more…] about Taking Ukemi
Have you ever noticed this about yourself?
Your partner does an “unfair” move towards you, for example, he responds to your light strike with a hard and painful one. And then you get angry.
Or your partner is a bit arrogant or slow to learn, and you get irritated. [Read more…] about Are You Really Training?