Best Workouts outside of the dojo?

Best Workouts outside of the dojo?

Best Workouts outside of the dojo? Since we have a wellness culture where a large majority of our students and teachers follow a clean diet, exercise regularly, supplement and train very hard multiple times a week I wanted to offer some insight since a lot of us cross train or supplement our mat training with…

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Top 3 Traits of a Shodan

As a dedicated yukyusha on the path to Shodan, I think it’s fair to get hung up on technique or ukemi or simply the physical movement since after all we are practicing a martial art. But I wanted to share some of the responses from several black belts in the USAF on what they feel…

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…

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?”…

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…

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…

Are you hurt or are you injured?

G.I. Jane is a 1997 American action film directed by Ridley Scott. There is a line in the movie that got me thinking about Aikido Training. “Are you hurt or are you injured? If you’re hurt, we’re just carry on but if you’re injured we’ll stop and get you medical attention.” Of course, it’s not…

Proud Moments.

In my Aikido career, approaching 15 years, there have been plenty of students that have come and gone but every now and then a select few get to the first finish line and reach Shodan (First Degree Blackbelt) and after that usually 3-5 years later an even smaller amount reach Nidan (2nd Degree Black Belt).…