Making Shodan

I was very fortunate that at the seminar where I was recently promoted to Shodan, I got the chance to see one of my teachers having his shomenuchi ikkyo technique being corrected by his teacher’s teacher. He very respectfully knelt as he listened to the correction, accepted it in earnest, and then attempted to put…

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Everything changed and nothing has changed.

One day in early February 1987, I climbed the stairs to the College Avenue gym at Rutgers University for my first class at the Rutgers University Aikido Club. I remember how excited I was to actually find an Aikido class and better yet, that it was on Rutgers campus, on only a short bus trip…

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How to fold a Hakama

How to fold a Hakama

  How to fold a Hakama Hi, today we’re going to talk a little bit about Hakama folding in Aikido, and more particularly about Hakama folding here at Aikido of Charlotte. It’s very much a part of our culture. Hakama folding is something that you are encouraged to learn how to do early on in…

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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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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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Shodan Promotion

shodan promotion

Shodan Promotion “Brent, Congratulations on a very strong performance.” -Sensei Dennis Main, 6th Dan, Shidoin, Chief Instructor “Proud Teacher and even more proud best friend! A cultivation of many years of hard work, dedication and commitment. Shodan translates as ‘Serious Student’, welcome to this new level of training Brent-san, you earned it!” -Sensei Jonathan Weiner,…

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