My First Time

It seemed like I did something new every time I stepped on the mat in aikido, so I checked my notes for each practice day. It’s true. First day of class. First forward roll. First time meeting several classmates. First back roll. First shihonage. First seminar! First seminar (day two). Get yukyusha book. First shikko.…

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Proud Moments.

In my Aikido career, approaching 15 years, there have been plenty of students that have come and gone but every now and then a select few get to the first finish line and reach Shodan (First Degree Blackbelt) and after that usually 3-5 years later an even smaller amount reach Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt).…

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What it’s all about?

This past weekend, I got to travel to the 50th Yamada Sensei Celebration at Winter Camp. This was a very special seminar for our dojo. Not only were we a part in making history as our students helped in capturing some very important video content of various USAF Members pay tribute to the head of…

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Goal Setting – Part 3

This is part 3 of 3. What is the magic bullet in the goal setting process? The answer is evaluation. Think “steering the ship”. Our short term goals are set and achieved. Our long term goals are in the future and require a small buy in. We’re now in “no mans land” chasing a mid…

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Goal Setting – Part 2

This is part 2 of 3. So, setting a short term goal isn’t difficult to set nor is it difficult to attain. Because it is easy to hit 6th Kyu we are juiced to carry on the journey to our long term goal. But it’s here where the danger starts – we forget the midterm…

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Goal Setting – Part 1

This is part 1 of 3. Goal setting is the most critical behavior to success and yet is the most misunderstood. Every single successful person (regardless of endeavor) that you know, has at some point set goals. If you set goals you have the POTENTIAL to succeed, if you don’t set goals you are guaranteed…

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Etiquette 101 – To Bow or Not To Bow, That is the Question

Aikido is a traditional Japanese martial art and bowing is an important part of our practice. Bowing is a sign of respect, humility, gratitude, and mindfulness. It demonstrates “being in the moment” and paying attention to the “little things” as we practice. When and where to bow can be confusing for the new practitioner (Aikidoka,)…

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Passport to Aikido

If you travel away from your home dojo at all, you should know that membership in the USAF has its benefits. Upon passing the 6th Kyu test, you are issued a Yukyusha book, which keeps track of your testing and training. It’s a very high quality book that even has a place for you to attach…

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Bleach

White is uniformly considered a color that signifies cleanliness. Its one of the main reasons that a lot of chefs and waitstaff wear white. You might say that by wearing white, the waitstaff would be inviting all sorts of stains on themselves and you may be right. Yet, its real easy to clean them up…

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Hustle

In the practice of Aikido, we often find ourselves concerned with respect for our fellow Aikidoka. This manifests itself in many ways, not the least of which is time. Our most limited resource is time; nothing can give us more and yet many lay claim to what time we have. In the dojo, we engage…

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