Spiritual Gravity

Where spirituality meets martial arts

The 8 Releases: 1st and 2nd 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 →


God Will Save Me

Sometimes we feel like we need help. Often, the help we crave is all around is, but we don't realize that it is there. We look past it because that's not the way we perceive it should be. We may... Continue Reading →

The Big Three: Miracles

Do you believe in miracles? Why or why not? Have you ever experienced a miracle yourself? If so, did people believe you when you told them about it? Did they try to rationalize it and convince you that it was... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 →

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