Effective Aikido

Effective Aikido   Aikido is often criticised as being a dance-like martial art that looks pretty but is really ineffective. As a practitioner and teacher of Aikido with over 40 years’ experience, I find myself often agreeing with this view.   Criticism from other martial arts often points to the fact that the attacker, the

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Aikido: Calmness

William Reed Shimizu Jirocho was the legendary “Robin Hood” figure of Japan, one of the undefeated swordsmen in Japan whose reputation eventually earned him the highest certificate of ability from the greatest swordsmen of the modern (Meiji) era, Yamaoka Tesshu. The Tesshu line was to have an enormous influence on Tohei Sensei through misogi training

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Aikido – A Short History

Aikido is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido is often translated as “the Way of unifying (with) life energy” or as “the Way of harmonious spirit.” Ueshiba’s goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while

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