2018 Karl Kuehne Budo Distinction

2018 Karl Kuehne Budo Distinction The Karl Kuehne Budo Distinction is a yearly honor bestowed upon the student who truly embraces the Budo philosphy. This honor was named after Karl-san, a serious student who passed away unexpectedly last year. Karl-san exemplified a philosophy of caring for the dojo, its instructors, as well as being a…

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Weapons practice is an integral part of Aikido

Weapons practice is an integral part of Aikido. Jim Hyde, 2nd Dan. Weapons practice is an integral part of Aikido – most of the movements we make in class have parallels to weapons (bokken and jo) techniques and practicing the kata improves alignment, coordination, and movement. Our testing requirements at Aikido of Charlotte include 4…

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Randori versus Jiyu Waza

Randori versus Jiyu Waza. Jiyu Waza Let me first define what Jiyu Waza is in Aikido. Predetermined attack (specific grab, strike, etc.) and any technique nage (defender) chooses. Not predetermined for example, like Shomenuchi Ikkyo Omote. So big picture, this is an advanced practice. You need to have a few years under belt of understanding…

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Today, I’m speaking with Reuven Lirov, 3rd Dan

Today, I'm speaking with Reuven Lirov, 3rd Dan

Today, I’m speaking with Reuven Lirov, 3rd Dan. Weiner Sensei: What led you to Aikido? Reuven-san: A seminar and a black eye. You know it’s funny, I’ve thought about this a lot since opening my dojo and reflecting in conversation with other senseis. I began training at four years old in Judo and Jujitsu under…

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What to read…

what to read.

What to read… Aikido has and always be about training first: actual physical training in the dojo and at seminars. As we try and learn about this art, off the mat, sure – some videos and books along with blogs can be good resources to supplement your training and understanding of Aikido. But take caution…

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Training Partners in Aikido.

Training Partners in Aikido.

Training Partners in Aikido. Training Partners in Aikido is so much about the exchange. Over the years, from brand new student, beginner, advanced beginner, middle kyu, Shodan and so on…my understanding of what to look for as well as how to choose has developed in a similar fashion to my technique, skill and my teaching…

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The way you do anything is how you do everything.

The way you do anything is how you do everything.

The way you do anything is how you do everything. I heard it said once that ‘the way you do anything is how you do everything’. This statement has many meanings, but today I take it to mean that the life lessons you learn in one area can and do transfer over to all areas…

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How to address?

How to address?

Have you heard the term, “Old School” – well, as I share my thoughts and experience relating to this specific topic, I want you to keep in mind that ‘Old School’ is another way of saying ‘Traditional’ as well as ‘Most Respectful’ in this post. These are the views of my dojo, my teacher, our…

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Aikido Bow

Aikido Bow

Aikido Bow. A Zarei (kneeling bow) or Ritsurei (Standing Bow) is the highest form of respect and etiquette in our Aikido practice. It is about humility, respect and appreciation. Therefore, it should be done at all times in that manner. Never rush this gesture or abbreviate it. Take your time to non-verbally convey these feelings…

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Today, I’m speaking with Karen Chacko, 6th Kyu

Today, I'm speaking with Karen Chacko, 6th Kyu

Today, I’m speaking with Karen Chacko, 6th Kyu. Weiner Sensei: What led you to Aikido? Karen-san: I had done some martial arts with my older children. When my youngest son expressed an interest in learning martial arts with me, I looked for something that emphasized the discipline and mental practice of martial arts, and self-defense.…

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