Q&A Series with ‘Brent-san’

Dojo Cho: “Why did you start training in Aikido?” Brent-san: “I’ve always wanted to, and I finally started because I got over my fear of injury and it’s something that I wanted to do with my best friend.” Dojo Cho: “Why do you continue to train in Aikido?” Brent-san: ” I feel like I’ve found…

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Q&A Series with Steve Pimsler, 7th Dan, Shihan

Today, USAF Technical Committee Shihan, Steve Pimsler, 7th Dan joins us. He is also the President of the New York Aikikai and started training under Yamada Sensei in 1974. Dojo Cho: “Why did you start training in Aikido?” Pimsler Sensei: “I thought it might help me be less of a klutz. Then I watched a…

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Q&A Series with Joe Nemeth Shihan!

I got to sit down and chat with another longtime aikido friend, probably one of the nicest guys I’ve met ever in the Aikido World, Chief Instructor of Aikido of Nassau County, Joe Nemeth, 6th Dan, Shihan and current Chairman of the United States Aikido Federation. Dojo Cho: “Why did you start training in Aikido?”…

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Q&A Series with George Kennedy Shihan!

Today, a longtime aikido friend, Chief Instructor of Aikido Center of Atlanta, George Kennedy, 6th Dan, Shihan joins us. Dojo Cho: “Why did you start training in Aikido?” Kennedy Sensei: “I was committed to non-violence but did not want to be a victim. I needed a path that required self dicipline and engaged my mind…

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Hakama. Aikido.

“There is a certain peace to be found in the ritual of folding a hakama. It is an opportunity for quiet meditation after rigorous training. In order to achieve a final fold with crisp, clean lines and proper form, one must be “present” and the mind must be still. Without the proper focus, the pleats…

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Q&A Series with Andy Demko Shihan!

One of my personal biggest aikido mentors, Andy Demko, 7th Dan, Shihan took some time today for this interview: Dojo Cho: “Why did you start training in Aikido?” Demko Sensei: “I was always interested in martial arts from my early youth and have practiced and self-taught many methods. When I first saw an Aikido demonstration…

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Q&A Series with ‘Z-san’

Dojo Cho: “Why did you start training in Aikido?” Z-san: “As an aging former professional level athlete I was looking for an activity that offered: • Something physically demanding. • Something to increase my mobility and movement • Something difficult enough to give a sense of satisfaction when accomplished” Dojo Cho: “Why do you continue…

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Days since last test: one.

I had a kyu test last week.  I’ve said it elsewhere, but thank you again to all those who train with me, without whom my aikido journey would be literally impossible. Several weeks ago, class time was allotted for test preparation.  I was in a group of two or three students, taking turns as nage…

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