Spiritual Gravity

Where spirituality meets martial arts

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 →

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 →

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