Spiritual Gravity

Where spirituality meets martial arts

Aikido Principles: Incorporating Into Daily Life

What is one of the best ways to speed up the process of learning aikido? By incorporating aikido techniques into your daily life outside the dojo, you can learn much faster than you might imagine. This video shows some ways... Continue Reading →

Aikido Principles: Simplified Open Step Sweep Drill

A few weeks ago, I published a video of the open-step-sweep drill for aikido. This video takes that same drill, and attempts to simplify it for newer people. This can be a short cut that makes movement easier and more... Continue Reading →

The Girl on the Train

Sometimes life shows you something that you know to be true but you have no reasonable explanation for it.  These situations happen more often than I think many of us realize.  It's easy to ignore them because they don't fit... Continue Reading →

Invitation for Ideas & Feedback

Over the past several months of writing this blog, I've had a lot of suggestions for various blog post topics. This suggestions have been extremely helpful and I feel like it has resulted in a more comprehensive blog for everyone.... Continue Reading →

Aikido Principles: The Walk

Kenji Tomiki developed a kata that encompasses the basic movements for Tomiki style aikido. This series of movements is known as “Tegatana no kata” or, as we call it, “The Walk”. Over the past several weeks in this blog, I... Continue Reading →

Aikido Principles: Basic Balance Break

Balance breaks - or kuzushi - are an extremely important aspect of aikido. An effective balance break at the beginning of a conflict can stop an attack before it really begins. When an opponent is off-balance, it is easier to... Continue Reading →

Habits and Our Subconscious

What is a habit? By my definition, it is something that you do automatically – without thinking about it. This could be something like biting your fingernails, cracking your knuckles, or even brushing your teeth in a particular pattern. I... Continue Reading →

Aikido Principles: Hand Randori Drill

Hand randori is something that I didn't start really developing until 3rd or 4th degree black belt. Before that, we just didn't have enough background techniques to really be able to feel or appreciate the nuance of it. While randori... Continue Reading →

Aikido Principles: The “Window Wash”

The "Window Wash" is a powerful move, especially when you are late in your timing. This circular motion has a lot of momentum in it, because you are using your center to move - rather than moving your arms by... Continue Reading →

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