Atlanta Reflections

Having started aikido a little over a month ago, I was somewhat tentative about attending my first seminar, but who could turn down an opportunity to learn from 2 of the highest ranking Shihan in the US (President and VP of the USAF)? There’s no way I could possibly remember half of everything that was…

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2014 New Year’s Friendship Seminar

It was very nice to get together with long-time Aikido friend in Charlotte, Charlie Huff Sensei and his dojo. We had a very nice turnout along with some out of town guests. This particular seminar brings a lot of happiness to our dojo because of our relationship with Huff Sensei and his students at Charlotte…

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What year is it? 1639? Are we samurai?

Ok, it’s now 2014, and I thought it would be beneficial to reflect what actual year it is. Most people have Mobile Phones. Most people like Starbucks lattes. Most people like to be comfortable. Most people like to feel safe. Most people have watch their health and want to practice a martial art safely. Having…

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Taking my Shodan Test!

In order to honor the time and effort my teachers have spent with me over the years, I decided to test for my black belt in Spring, 2013. I had a tremendous amount of help in preparing- not just from the senseis, but also from my fellow students. By the time I got to the…

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Right of Passage

As an Aikido student first, and a teacher. One holds high responsibility in the testing and advancement of others. Dojo testing typically consists of Kyu Rank promotions and is done by either the instructor with a Shidoin (Certified Senior Instructor) certificate and/or Fukushidoin (Certified Instructor) certificate. At Aikido of Charlotte, I have found that the…

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Sensei-itis?

When you progress through a martial art over time, there are many cycles to embrace. For one, it’s highly likely that you will add roles, such as from student to student/teacher. For some, it happens early, and others too soon. I found in my learning that Aikido is very much an art of practice, not…

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We learn Aikido safely and have fun doing it.

We learn Aikido safely and have fun doing it. We learn technique from the “ground up” – so you are never forced beyond your skill level but get to ramp up naturally to the next level. We respect each others’ abilities, regardless of where we are ourselves, and work with each other to perfect the…

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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…

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Rich gets promoted to Shodan!

Aikido Sokomeniriminage

Well, after 9 years of hard work, practice and training, we are please to announce Richard’s promotion to Shodan at the USAF Regional Aikido Seminar hosted by Aikido Center of Atlanta and Peachtree Aikikai. USAF Technical Committee, Andy Demko, 7th Dan, Shihan presided over the test and his remarks were, “Pretty Solid…good conditioning…I thought he…

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2012 Friendship Seminar

The Friendship Seminar at Aikido of Charlotte was most informative and enjoyable. There was an air of excitement and sense of camaraderie shared by all the participants. The two classes I attended highlighted the dynamic beauty of Aikido. Phi Sensei focused on Irimi and Tenkan, and the varied techniques applicable to them. He exhibited the…

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