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Aikido Principles: How to be a Good Uke, Part 3

Learning uke is an art in and of itself. Since most of us haven't been in a fight since childhood, and generally don't go around attacking people, this takes some thought and practice. One of the things you will find... Continue Reading →

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Aikido Principles: How to be a Good Uke Part 2

When you are practicing your uke skills, one of the best ways to really help you learn the attack is to go really slow. This may seem counter intuitive. However, by going slowly, you can see and think your way... Continue Reading →

Aikido Principles: How to be a Good Uke Part 1

In our Tomiki style of aikido, we are two parts to a learning machine: uke, the attacker and tori, the defender. The idea is to learn both sides of the equation. Uke is actually the most difficult one to learn... Continue Reading →

Aikido Principles: Inside Butterfly

The "butterfly" techniques all have different balance breaks to them, but the inside butterfly has the chance of leading to a larger variety of outcomes.  It seems to have more possible reactions from uke than the other two.  Once you... Continue Reading →

Aikido Principles: Up Butterfly

This video discusses the technique known as the "Up Butterfly". It is part of our shodan kata. However, this balance break does not show up in aikido as much as some of the others. It is something that you should... Continue Reading →

Aikido Principles: Outside Butterfly

In our Tomiki style we use what we call "butterflies". These are two-handed balance breaks that involve passing the attacker's arm/hand from one hand to the other. This video looks at the outside balance break, where the tori's hands are... Continue Reading →

Sticks and Stones: Words We Say to Ourselves

In the previous blog post, I talked about how our words can hurt others. In fact, our OWN words can hurt us just as much (or more). How often do we tell ourselves that we can’t do something? How often... Continue Reading →

Sticks and Stones: Words We Say to Others

“Sticks and stones may break my bones, but words will never hurt me!” How many of us were taught this childhood chant? It originated from the 18th century to encourage children to ignore verbal taunts rather than retaliate physically. However,... Continue Reading →

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 →

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