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The Seventeen: 2. Aigamaeate

The second move in "The 17" is called aigamaeate. It roughly translates to forward posture strike. Aigamaeate is part of the atemi waza, or striking techniques. In this technique, tori's objective is to first perform a balance break. The attacker's... Continue Reading →

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The Seventeen: 1. Shomenate

Ju Nana Hon Kata - also known as "The 17" is one of the first katas we learn in our aikido curriculum. This video series will demonstrate each of the moves in 'The 17', the way they are taught in... Continue Reading →

Attitude of Gratitude

Gratitude is a magnet attitude. By making gratitude a part of our everyday life, I believe we will attract things to us. It's easy to wander through our days on autopilot. Sometimes we bury ourselves in our phones and technology.... Continue Reading →

The Karma of Thoughts

I believe that the idea of karma - the belief that what you give out, whether positive or negative - is just another way of describing energy. We all send our energy into the world. Sometimes it might be happy... Continue Reading →

Comprehending Karma

The idea of karma is a difficult one to explain. Most of us have grown up hearing phrases like the following: “What you sow, so shall you reap” “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you” “Judge... Continue Reading →

Discovering Spiritual Gravity

When I was very young, I looked up into the starry sky and realized that I am a part of something bigger. I didn’t quite comprehend the sheer vastness of the universe and how I fit into it, but I... Continue Reading →

Aikido: The 8 Releases

This video demonstrates the 8 releases in the same order that I learned them. Remember, this is a drill to develop muscle memory, to give reference points for later. The idea is to do these enough to have them ingrained... Continue Reading →

The 8 Releases: 7th and 8th Releases

The releases are some of the most fundamental techniques in our aikido practice. In our dojo, the series of 8 releases is one of the first things a beginner learns. They demonstrate how to respond and flow with an attacker's... Continue Reading →

The 8 Releases: 5th and 6th Releases

The releases are some of the most fundamental techniques in our aikido practice. In our dojo, the series of 8 releases is one of the first things a beginner learns. They demonstrate how to respond and flow with an attacker's... Continue Reading →

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