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Spiritual Gravity

Where spirituality meets martial arts

The Big Three: Intuition

Most of us are familiar with the concept of intuition. Many of us have even experienced it ourselves. Have you ever had the strange sense that something is wrong with a person you care about? The feeling that you should/shouldn't... Continue Reading →

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The Big Three: Karma

The idea of karma, stated simply, is basically "what you give out comes back". Most religions have some form of this belief (e.g. "judge as ye shall be judged"). Several religions have karma as an integral part of their belief... Continue Reading →

Karma, Miracles, Intuition: The Big Three

Even as a young child, I have been interested in spiritual things. I remember at the age of about 5 or 6 looking up at the starry sky and realizing that we are all a part of something much bigger... Continue Reading →

Programming the Subconscious

As young children we are like sponges, absorbing everything around us that we see, hear, taste, smell, or touch. At this stage, we are blank slates. Everything goes in, even things that may not be true. Perhaps even things that... Continue Reading →

No “Right” Way: Keeping an Open Mind

I have been practicing aikido since 1979. In our Tomiki style, we have a kata called "The Walk", which encompasses many of the basic movements fundamental to our aikido practice. This is one of the most important katas that we... Continue Reading →

Ask Me Anything!

I began practicing aikido in 1979, at the age of 33, and have been teaching it since the mid-1980s. Our dojo teaches a Tomiki style of aikido and is part of the Kaze Uta Budo Kai organization. I recently turned... Continue Reading →

Aikido Drills: Feel the Step

This drill is the first part of one of our katas known as "The Big Ten". These moves are designed to practice what happens when tori is "late" - e.g. when the attacker is able to get too close. In... Continue Reading →

Aikido Drills: Oshi Taoshi Drill Part 2

This video is a more in-depth look at the oshi taoshi drill and how you can "flow" with uke to learn where all the potential throws are. In this drill, the focus is on going slow and flowing with uke... Continue Reading →

Aikido Drills: Oshi Taoshi Drill

This drill is designed to help you feel where uke would go in an oshi taoshi technique. There are many more "holes" - places where uke can be thrown - here than many people realize. This drill should be done... Continue Reading →

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