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When life gives you lemons…

There is always this floating question about the nature of ukemi, what it is and…

Gradings and development

Why do we bother with them? Why does a non competitive martial art continue to…

Kenshusei

In the last couple of years I have been writing on and off with the…

Kiri otoshi or “cutting down”

“Cutting down” or “striking down”. This is the simple translation of Kiri Otoshi as used…

A Journey with friends: A Baptism of Fire

I wrote this article several years ago as I recalled my early days in San…

Aikido and its expected and unexpected benefits

I have been coaching for over 30 years in the Japanese martial art of Aikido and…

“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…

Kyoto

I have just recently returned from a trip to Japan. My 3rd visit in 5…

No one wants to move

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