Archive for May, 2011

Why Are We “Five Rings” Aikido

Many people around the world have read “The Book of Five Rings” (Go Rin no Sho) by the great Japanese swordsman Miyamoto Musashi.  Even though the book is about swordsmanship, it is one of the greatest works on tactics ever written.  Musashi’s book is to tactics what Sun Tsu’s “The Art of War” is to…Read More

Scenario Based Aikido Training

Facilitating the Learning of Aikido Principles Through Scenario Based Training      If you are an Aikido practitioner and you are reading this, you may or may not have experienced scenario based training in your dojo.  I have visited quite a number of dojos over the last 14 years and I have rarely seen it myself. …Read More

Changing How I Practice Aikido

     This article was inspired by an article published online by Aikido Journal, titled “Managing Change in Aikido” by George Ledyard.  Read it here, (“”) BEFORE you read my article below.  Also read the comments, since some of the information is included in Ledyard Sensei’s reply to a comment posted by a reader.      Ledyard…Read More

Attacks in Aikido

Many times you will see very stylized/unrealistic attacks in Aikido practice.  This can take many forms.  The grabs may be specified in a very specific way as to how each part of uke’s hand operates, where the pressure is directed, and/or where uke stands in relation to nage, and which foot is forward.  These are…Read More

Aikido and the Art of Mountain Biking

Part 1 – Energy  My Aikido sensei always pushed us to find applications of Aikido outside the dojo, and I have done that for years.  One of my other activities outside of work besides Aikido is mountain biking.  I can leave my house on my bike and be on a desert trail in about 90…Read More