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“What the hell do you think this is all about?”

The Southwestern Aikikai as it was known consisted of the Albuquerque and Santa Fe dojos…

“I Don’t like Frank Sinatra but …. “

It was in an interview, I think back in the 70’s when Frank Sinatra spoke…

No one wants to move

I like karate and other similar martial arts. Generally speaking there is a clarity in…

Stress and other matters …. part 2

One evening some of the dojo members were invited to the Chiba household for dinner.…

Stress and other matters…. part 1

The stress and pressure of training in San Diego Aikikai was a given, the norm.…

A journey with friends: Richard Edmunds

I was waiting in the main luggage area in the San Diego airport looking around…

A Journey with friends: Stevie Boyle

I think it must have been 1992 and in the middle of a summer camp…

Unpleasant Encounter

In all my years of training, I have rarely if ever gotten into fights. By this, I mean serious fights where someone has the intent to maim, not merely a punch-up. I think there are several reasons for this

It’s an Aikido of London thing

Ever since Aikido of London was established a rich tapestry of people have come and…

Back to basics

What is basic training? It is what beginners are expected to learn. In time and as experience is gained the more advanced teaching is shown while the basic way of doing things is reduced if not abandoned entirely. This is very typical in approach to teaching but it does not explain what basics is and how important they are.