Spiritual Gravity

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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 →


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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 →

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 →

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 →

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