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Aikido Thoughts

Aikido Thoughts

Aikido operates on four levels simultaneously: personal, martial, social, and spiritual. Translating “Aikido” into English as “The Way of Coordinating Energy” or “The Way of Harmonizing Spirit” already displays the subtlety and complexity of the term in both…

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Isshokenmei

Isshokenmei

What is the right attitude when training? The Japanese term is isshokenmei. It originally meant “frantic” but now is used with the meaning of “whole-hearted”. When on the mat the Aikido student should be fully in the present,…

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Ukemi

Ukemi

Most Aikido practice consists of two partners taking turns in applying and receiving techniques.  The techniques are typically throws (nage waza) or pins (katame waza).  In the process there may be painful joint manipulations (kansetsu waza) or even…

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