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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

2017 Aikido Video Lineage - Aikido of Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

Lineage Lounge at Aikido of Charlotte

Video Series Our Lineage celebrates our 1 year anniversary in our new dojo with USAF Technical Committee Member, Andy Demko, 7th Dan, Shihan, Chief Instructor, Aikido of Charlotte, Dennis Main, 6th Dan, Shidoin and Dojo Cho, Aikido of Charlotte, Jonathan Weiner, 4th Dan, Shidoin. Film and Edited by Peter Carolla. Aikido of Charlotte, Inc. 10230…

J. Weiner, 4th Dan, Shidoin - Aikido of Charlotte - Charlotte, NC

Interviewing our Dojo Cho…

Ed-san: A lot of people talk about aikido’s effects on its practitioners’ daily lives – that it isn’t just limited to the mat. How has aikido influenced your everyday experience? Weiner Sensei: My understanding is that O-Sensei created Aikido not only to effectively train our bodies but to bring people together in harmony. Meaning, I feel he…

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CORE

CORE in all aspects of my life is more important than ever.  CORE Nutrition.  CORE Dedicated Aikido Practice.   CORE Supplementation.  You get the point. In Aikido, especially if reaching Black Belt if your goal.  You need to physically have a Strong CORE.  Lower Back/Abs = Centering.  This will not only make your Nage-waza better, as…

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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…