When you were a kid, did anyone ever ask you what you wanted to be when you grew up? What did you answer? Firefighter? CSI Investigator? Marine biologist? Teacher? Now that you are a grown up, what are you? Or, a better question, who are you?Read More
In and out. We breathe twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week without even thinking about it. Breathing gives life without us being conscious of the process of respiration. We are simply doing without thinking.Read More
Do you have to deal with stress in your everyday life? Sure. We all do. There is the possibility for stress at work, at home, and within our own being. Many people choose destructive habits to help them cope with their stress such as drinking, binge eating, withdrawing, or lashing out to those around them.Read More
Americans like to do. Americans are busy. And once something is done the activity is scratched off the list as completed regardless of the amount of heart or mind which had been put into it. The task started and ended and need not be thought of anymore.Read More
There are so many demands on our time these days--so many activities, obligations, and distractions. Why then should we spend our time on Aikido? What could we hope to gain that would be worth the commitment that we make to our training?Read More
The oriental martial arts have their roots in the centuries of military conflict that took place in China, Korea, Japan and other far-east countries.Read More
It’s hard to believe it has been six years since I started my Aikido journey at Emerald City Aikido. It’s been my home for the entire time. I’ve trained almost exclusively at the Emerald City Dojo because I find it so fulfilling.Read More
So many people think that ukemi is about falling down, how to fall down, about being thrown. Well, of course it is, but it is also about so much more.Read More
Aikido practice begins the moment you enter the dojo! Trainees ought to endeavor to observe proper etiquette at all times. It is proper to bow when entering and leaving the dojo, and when coming onto and leaving the mat. Approximately 3-5 minutes before the official start of class, trainees should line up and sit quietly in seiza (kneeling) or with legs crossed.Read More
The Martial Art of Aikido took root in many countries outside Japan starting in the 1950s. At the time the underlying philosophy of peace and non violence appealed to many people. Today that philosophy still attracts students to the art. As I approach my 40th year in Aikido, I find another reason just as compelling.
Our world is increasingly dominated by electronics. It is amazing how much we now have at our fingertips and yet it is disturbing how tied we are to our many screens. Walk down any street in any city and observe how many people are on their phones and pads. I believe as we become more engaged with our devices that we become less engaged with one another and our environment.
As a counterpoint to our electronically driven lives, Aikido training offers the opportunity to genuinely connect with others and to observe oneself in relation to others. It is a training that carries over into our daily lives and enlivens mind body and spirit.