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...

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...

Shugyo: The Soul of Budo

The words omote and ura are common terms in everyday Aikido practice. Early in your training you learn that omote refers to performing a technique by moving to the front of an opponent and ura means moving to their back. But there is another deeper meaning in these...