What makes a good Aikido student great?

What makes a good Aikido student great? As I approach my 20th year studying Aikido, I find myself reflecting back on the journey. When I started, I really had just one mission: Be a good student. As time passed and I learned from my teacher and many others, I started to observe certain training habits,…

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Taking Ukemi for Sensei

Taking Ukemi for Sensei One of the most fun, exciting, nerve-racking, and honoring feelings in Aikido is when you are called up to uke for the teacher. Whether it’s in class or a seminar — as someone who has done both for many Shihan over the years, I wanted to share some of what I…

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The Slight Edge

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As a 52 year old 5 year aikido beginner I have observed a few things regarding consistency. • When I started I didn’t have endurance to be mentally present, so I had to develop endurance. I did that by breathing. ALOT. Learning to exhale at the most extreme part of the movement took time but…

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It’s really up to you.

It’s really up to you. I was recently talking to an Aikido student and at one point of the conversation ‘rank advancement’ or promotion was brought up.  He remarked, ‘It’s not up to me if I ever get promoted’  As a teacher and one who promotes students I thought about this.  It got me thinking…

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Vigorous Training in Aikido

Vigorous Training in Aikido

Vigorous Training in Aikido. The first goal of Aikido training is to be safe. After that, the goal is to maximize your returns…and that means repetition. Ideal training should happen at as vigorous a pace as possible, to get as many correct repetitions in as possible. As we develop, that pace increases. It’s important to…

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Featured on WCNC – NBC Charlotte!

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  Featured on WCNC – NBC Charlotte – Aikido of Charlotte These kinds of stories are making headlines across the country. And here in Charlotte, hundreds of women are now taking matters into their own hands. Literally, by enrolling in self-defense classes, like the ones offered at Aikido of Charlotte. “The reality of the world…

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Reflections on 18 years in Aikido.

  Reflections on 18 years in Aikido. As I approach completing my 18th year of training in Aikido next month, there are some memories I wanted to reflect on: -Attending my First Winter Camp 9 week after starting. -Attending my First Summer Camp at Colgate University and attending every class for the full week. -Yamada…

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Reflecting on the start – Our kohai, ourselves.

Reflecting on the start – Our kohai, ourselves. In the days around my 5th kyu test, which was exactly 1 year and 1 day after I signed up for my first 6 months at the dojo, I went through a lot of self-reflection. The night before, I searched my email for my student handbook. One…

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Today, I’m speaking with Dan Shook, 7th Kyu

Today, I'm speaking with Dan Shook, 7th Kyu

Today, I’m speaking with Dan Shook, 7th Kyu. Weiner Sensei: What led you to Aikido? Dan-san: I was first introduced to Aikido during my time in college. The school had a diverse selection of athletic clubs and the Aikido Club was the one that resonated with me. When I found out recently that I lived…

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Today, I’m speaking with Joshua Baulch, 7th Kyu

Today, I’m speaking with Joshua Baulch, 7th Kyu. Weiner Sensei: What led you to Aikido? Josh-san: I participated in martial arts before, the primary one being brazilian ju jitsu. I was tired of the culture in ju jitsu, which primarily focused on MMA and beating the other person into submission. I wanted culture to be…

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