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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…

A Day in the life – part 2

It was and still is astonishing to me that this environment was created in North…

A Day in the life – part 1

The alarm goes off to start the day. It is 6am and not my favourite…

Why do we bow?

A children’s workshop from the Hokusai: Great Wave Exhibition held at The British Museum in…

It’s an Aikido of London thing

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

Zen – An Aikido Perspective

I was still in England when I got interested in Zen Buddhism. I was impressed by Zen and Japanese culture written by Daisetz Suzuki Roshi. This was a very influential work in disseminating Buddhist culture to the western reader. It was so different from anything I had read before and gave a more “intellectual” grasp of the practice if such a thing were possible. I had experienced some meditation over the years