Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Meaning of Budo

“The supreme excellence is not to win a hundred victories in a hundred battles.

The supreme excellence is to subdue your enemies without fighting them.”

Friday, December 16, 2011

Video: Rinjiro Shirata — “A Catalog of Prewar Aiki Budo Techniques”
In this video, you will discover many Aiki Budo techniques you have never seen before. As with the Kanemoto Sunadomari book we released a few days ago, the techniques covered are closer to Morihei Ueshiba “Aiki Budo” film than to modern aikido.

Thanks to Aikido Journal for posting this.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Question From a Zen Master

"Throughout the universe, one thing, and one thing only 
is manifesting; what are you if not that?"
(Yasutani Hakuun Roshi, Zen-master)

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Purpose of Aikido

With Aikido, 
we learn to sweep away evil with our breath 
instead of a sword; 
as human beings we find our true purpose, 
our true activity on this earth; and 
                          we open our hearts to the spirit 
                       of loving protection of all things.

Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido

Saturday, October 15, 2011

When is Aikido not Aikido?

“When is Aikido Not Aikido?,” by David Lynch

by David Lynch
Aikido Journal #120
Arguments about the “martial effectiveness” of aikido are a popular feature of Internet bulletin boards. Unfortunately, many posts show an abysmal ignorance of the premises on which the art was founded by making comparisons with various systems of fighting.
Aikido is not a system of fighting, but a way of not fighting, intended not to protect or enhance the ego but, potentially, to eradicate it. Its value lies in promoting qualities diametrically opposed to those advocated for use “in the street.”  Read More.............. 

Monday, May 09, 2011

The Still Mind

The moon does not think to be reflected
nor does the water think to reflect
in the Hirowasa Pond

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Monday, March 28, 2011

Message from Aikikai

2011/Mar./14...We have received many messages from all over the world to question about the earthquake. We would like to express our sincere gratitude to overseas Aikido people and groups for their concern and kind words.
Although the situation of many cities on the Pacific Ocean coast is very sirious, in Tokyo there was no damage to buildings and houses, and we at Hombu Dojo are continuing daily activities.
Thank you again for your concern and mental support extended to us.


Friday, January 21, 2011

John Stevens seminar @ Bay Marin Aikido

PR Training: Aikido, Calligraphy and Kototama

  • July 7th, 2009 8:39 am PT

John Stevens Sensei & Susan Harrow
doing calligraphy at Bay Marin Aikido
This weekend John Stevens, a 7th dan Aikikai and Buddhist priest came to our dojo, Bay Marin Aikido. Stevens, who has written over thirty books on Buddhism, Aikido and Asian culture, is considered one of the foremost authorities on Aikido. The experience was enriching, wild-hearted and intense.

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Sunday, January 02, 2011

Shojio Nishio Yokemen Uchi & Aikiken-Aikijo

Enjoy this  video of an Aikido Shihan;
Thanks to Stanley Pranin for allowing the video to remain on You Tube.