Etiquette in the Dojo… Is This Important?

Etiquette in the Dojo… Is This Important?

Bowing, Japanese language, and other formalities… Is this important? Most of us are not Japanese, nor are we practicing in Japan. We are in our Dojo in Charlotte, NC. Our members come from all walks of life.

What you are witnessing is preservation of our art form. Not just a Tski-Kotogesi, but the culture, attitude and mindset of where the art of Aikido was founded.

These traditions connect us back to O-Sensei and to each other.

So the next time you bow to the Shomen or allow your Sempai to step ahead of you in line, remember that you are carrying Aikido forward for the next generation.

Aikido Charlotte
Aikido Charlotte

Is Aikido a hobby?

By Jonathan Weiner | March 5, 2022

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 it means to people.  Some may call it a hobby. Well by definition, Hobby means, “an activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure.”…

Teacher versus Instructor

Teacher versus Instructor.

By Jonathan Weiner | December 28, 2021

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 of consistent 3-4 X a week practice and seminar attendance (2-3X a year) — can achieve 2nd Kyu and maybe even 1st Kyu. Depending on…

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

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

By Jonathan Weiner | November 24, 2021

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 folding hakamas and the host dojo says, “Let’s all get in front of the kamiza for a group photo.” Now, this sounds like a simple…