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Rank Testing Bowing Reiho – Advanced

Rank Testing Bowing Reiho - Advanced - Charlotte NC

Rank Testing Bowing Reiho – Advanced Andy Demko Shihan likes to say, “The little things don’t mean a lot, they mean everything”.  Everyone who has practiced in our dojo or…

Sensei

Sensei 先生 - Charlotte NC

Sensei 先生 The two characters that make up the term can be directly translated as “born before,” and imply one who teaches based on wisdom gained from age and experience.…

5 Questions with our Chief Instructor

5 Questions with our Chief Instructor

5 Questions with our Chief Instructor Jack Freund: Why is attending seminars so valuable? Weiner Sensei: Seminars are valuable because so many things can take place in that style of…

Get comfortable being uncomfortable

Get comfortable being uncomfortable - Charlotte NC

Get comfortable being uncomfortable. When working with new students, I’m always fascinated with how hard it is to verbalize what we’ve been doing for years. This is especially evident when…

Why I said Yes to Aikido

Why I said Yes to Aikido - Charlotte NC

I was recently asked by Weiner Sensei why I said Yes to Aikido. For complete transparency, at time of writing I am only a few short weeks into my journey…

Modern Day Otomo

Modern Day Otomo - Charlotte NC

Let’s discuss a Modern Day Otomo. In an Aikido dojo, you may hear different terminology identifying a certain student, instructor, or group of aikidoka. Such as Uchideshi, Sotodeshi, Kenshusei, Sempai,…

Is Aikido a hobby?

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One of the internal questions I ask myself weekly is how do I keep my students engaged in Aikido? First, it’s probably important to classify what Aikido is and what…

Teacher versus Instructor.

Teacher versus Instructor

Teacher versus Instructor. In Aikido, I feel both of these terms tend to be used interchangeably. I beg to differ. An active, serious aikido student — someone with 3+ years…

There is Etiquette in everything we do – even the Seminar Group Photo.

There is Etiquette in everything we do - even the Seminar Group Photo.

There is Etiquette in everything we do – even the Seminar Group Photo. So the morning classes just ended, everyone is dehydrated, ready for lunch, Yudansha are about to start…

Character & Attitude

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I saw this graphic the other day and thought it was spot on. As an Aikido teacher, in addition to teaching the martial circulum I really try and help mentor…