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Holidays 2016-2017

Aikido means the Way of Unifying the Spirit. It's a way of finding and focusing your inner strength. It's a way of creating peace and resolving opposing forces. But what does all of this really mean and how does it happen? These are the answers you find in Aikido....

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What is a True Man?

What is a True Man? Is it rugged burliness and overdeveloped biceps? Is it physical toughness, the willingness to face danger or take pain? In the mind of a boy, becoming a man is a matter of proving yourself through action, strength, bravery and physical courage....

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What Is Your Aikido?

While at an aikido seminar I attended recently, we were asked, “what is your aikido?”. I began martial arts training 35 years ago at the age of 15. Like many young women, I wanted to move through life safely without fear of harassment and violence. Once while on the...

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The Goal of Aikido

Aikido is both martial and art. The martial techniques of Aikido are evolved from the battle hardened tradition of the samurai that dates back many centuries. But Aikido is also art, not just in the sense of creating something beautiful, but in the sense of developing...

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Japan Trip: July 2013

Three most admirable qualities of people in Japan are politeness, tenacity and sense of community. On our recent trip to Japan, over a period of eight days traveling all around Tokyo, across Japan through airports, subways and train stations, malls, restaurants and...

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The ‘Dō’ in Aikido

Students of Japanese arts like aikido can sometimes wonder what they're getting out of the time and effort they put into their practice. This is true whether you happen to study chadō (tea ceremony), kyudō (archery), shodō (calligraphy), kadō (flower arranging or...

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Koji Yoshida Shihan 2013

Koji Yoshida Shihan was a direct student of Shoji Nishio for over 34 years. He holds the rank of 7th dan in Aikido Aikikai, 6th dan Renshi in Iaido (Musoshinden-ryu), and 7th dan in Nishio-ryu Iaido. Shoji Nishio appointed Yoshida as represntative to the U.S.A.,...

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Robert Bryner: In Memorium

I was honored to be asked by Chikako Bryner to speak at her husband Robert's memorial. Robert was a dear friend and my most valued mentor in martial arts.  His passing was a great loss to his family and to his students.  Bryner Sensei was a 7th dan in Okinawan karate...

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Greenwood Sensei @ Pasadena

Philip Greenwood, Sensei will be a guest instructor at Pasadena Aikikai and will focus on the fundamentals of Nishio Ryu Aikido. Greenwood Sensei will also introduce Nishio Ryu Iaido forms as they related to certain techniques being practiced.  Sunday Feb 24,...

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Chaos to Calm

A Peace Officer's Story It's impossible to prepare for every specific situation we might get into. The following account from a student at our dojo helps illustrate how aikido training prepares us to respond based on proper fundamentals, particularly ma-ai, shikaku...

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Aikido vs…..

Conversations about "which martial art is better" are a lot like the "my dad's better than your dad" argument that happens every day on elementary school playgrounds. Mostly unproductive. First, the choice to train in Aikido derives from much more than either basic...

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Koji Yoshida Shihan 2012

Koji Yoshida Shihan was a direct student of Shoji Nishio for over 34 years. He holds the rank of 7th dan in Aikido Aikikai, 6th dan Renshi in Iaido (Musoshinden-ryu), and 7th dan in Nishio-ryu Iaido. Shoji Nishio appointed Yoshida as represntative to the U.S.A.,...

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Koji Yoshida Shihan 2011

Koji Yoshida Shihan was a direct student of Shoji Nishio for over 34 years. He holds the rank of 7th dan in Aikido Aikikai, 6th dan Renshi in Iaido (Musoshinden-ryu), and 7th dan in Nishio-ryu Iaido. Shoji Nishio appointed Yoshida as represntative to the U.S.A.,...

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The Art of Dying

There is, of course, the literal death that we all face, the “Big Adios” to borrow a line from Steely Dan. Incidentally, even the River Styx (if you happen to be heading that way) can't harbor you from the preternaturally long arm of the tax assessor. But before you...

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Acceptance

Most people have the sense that accepting others is the mark of a spiritually mature person. Nishio Sensei often referred to Aikido as "Yurusu Budo" - the martial art of acceptance. What do we mean by "acceptance?" Is it simply being a pacifist or allowing people to...

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Winter Gasshuku 2011

Students participated in this intensive training.  Greenwood Sensei wasted no time getting right into the action showing the relationships between hand, sword and jo techniques. He also took time to explain the importance of ma-ai (spacing) in both aikido and in...

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Koji Yoshida Shihan 2010

Koji Yoshida will conduct a two-day seminar in Santa Monica. Yoshida Sensei will also be conducting a shodo (Japanese calligraphy) workshop at The Dojo in Santa Monica on Friday, September 24.  Saturday, Sunday September 25-26, 2010 at Santa Monica High...

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Greenwood Sensei, Pasadena 2010

Philip Greenwood, Sensei taught a one-day seminar at Pasadena Aikikai focusing on the fundamentals of Nishio Ryu Aikido. The turnout was great and the students were very open to learning new things and expanding their aikido experience. We covered basic gyakuhanmi and...

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Koji Yoshida Shihan 2009

Koji Yoshida Shihan has been a direct student of Shoji Nishio for over 34 years. He holds the rank of 7th dan in Aikido Aikikai, 6th dan Renshi in Iaido (Musoshinden-ryu), and 7th dan in Nishio-ryu Iaido. Shoji Nishio appointed Yoshida as represntative to the U.S.A.,...

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Robert & Chikako Bryner 2009

Robert Bryner has been in martial arts for over 50 years and is chief instructor at the Shotakekan Dojo in West Los Angeles. Bryner Sensei is 6th dan Aikido, 6th dan Ryu Te, 7th dan Oyata Shin Shu Ho with dan rankings in iaido and judo as well. Bryner Sensei is a long...

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Ten-Thousand Hours

I just read Malcolm Gladwell’s newest book “Outliers.” In it he says that studies of mastery in every discipline, from playing musical instruments to chess, sports and even computer programming, point to one number over and over. Ten thousand hours. Mastery is not as...

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What is a dojo?

The word dojo means "place of the way." Originally the dojo was a place where monks and other religious persons were trained in the disciplines of their faith. Eventually the dojo became a place where non-religious practices were studied including swordsmanship,...

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