Who are the Core Students?

At the heart of any organization are the people that make it run. We often casually refer to these people as being a part of the Core team. But what does it really mean to be a part of the Core Team that makes an organization function? In our work lives, there are people you…

There is Never Nothing Going On.

Dan McMillan is a former world champion gymnast and collegiate coach turned best-selling author and motivational speaker. He is also a Shodan in Aikido. His first book, The Way of the Peaceful Warrior, while not specifically about martial arts, is well-known amongst Aikidoka because many of its central themes are central themes in Aikido as…

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In all aspects of our lives, it’s important that we care for our heads. It’s the origin of such phrases reminding us to keep our head “in the game” and “out of the clouds.” They’re good reminders of the importance of remaining focused on the task at hand. Most of the time, it’s for mundane…

Hakamas and their significance.

In Aikido, Hakamas generally are associated with ‘Yudansha’ or Black Belt Ranks. In the United States Aikido Federation, especially at major seminars, you will only see Black Belts in Hakamas. It is a sign of experience. It is a symbol of proficiency in your nage skills but more so in your ukemi skills. And when…

Precision.

Tonight, we really focused on ‘precision’ in our techniques both as nage and uke. It’s human tendency to want to speed up, rush, hurry and get to the finish line but when you slow down and focus on specific details and work on being precise in your attack, your technique, the direction, the speed, your…

We all have a little ‘Rudy’ in us

I don’t know what it is about the 1993 movie ‘Rudy’, for those that haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it. Click Here for Plot. It’s one of the few movies that I get choked up and emotional at the end. Some of us have a hard time relating. I was a Varsity Starter in…

Q&A Series with ‘Nick-san’

Dojo Cho: “Why did you start training in Aikido?” Nick-san: “I started training last year at the age of 25. I was two years out of graduate school and was without organized sports in my life for the first time since kindergarten. I knew something was missing, and I had some general interest in martial…