Visit the Birankai NA 2012 Summer Camp page on Facebook for a brand-new album of photos from Bronxville — both on and off the mat!
Greetings to all Birankai North America members and visitors and welcome to our new Biran Online blog site.This site is designed to reflect the dynamic and diverse activities of Birankai North America dojos and Aikido practitioners with continuously updated essays, videos and links to other Birankai NA sites. Continue reading “Welcome to our new Biran Online blog format!”
By Norine Longmire, Aikido Takayama
Summer Camp 2012 opened some sores I thought had long healed. Continue reading “Aikido from the Inside Out”
By James Sawers, Oak Park Aikikai
After over 20-plus years of running and operating Oak Park Aikikai and about 39 years (and counting) of practicing Aikido, our sensei, Rich Roberts, is leaving. Rich retired last year from diligent and hard-working service with the Chicago Public School system. Rich’s specialty was working with children with special needs; Continue reading “The Long Goodbye”
By Cassandra Tribe, Rhode Island Aikikai – Eastside
When we begin to incorporate the practice of Zazen in our lives, we train to become warriors able to overcome defeat using the weapon of body, mind and soul. The power that we draw on is found not just within ourselves, but also comes from our connection to our community and the world at large. Continue reading “Overcoming Defeat with 28 Days of Zazen”
By James Sawers, Oak Park Aikikai Continue reading “Poem: Winter Winds”
After 20 years in the same location, Ventura Aikikai has moved to a new location.
In August, Ventura Aikikai’s small but dedicated core of students began the hard work of disassembling one dojo and getting a new space ready. Multiple trips to the dump, gallons of new paint and many shared lunches later, we were back to training as soon as the used tatami mats were down. We still have odds and ends to complete, but thanks to dojo members, the hard work is done. Continue reading “New space, new energy in Ventura”
By Hideki Okuda, Aikido Daiwa
守破離 (Shu-Ha-Ri ) is a philosophy of training which can be found in Aikido and any other “do” martial art. When the word is broken down in Japanese, 守 (Shu) means to protect the original, 破(Ha) means to break through, and 離 (Ri) means to move in one’s own way. Continue reading “Fukushidoin, or just more training”
Todd Kazumori Shinto, former chief instructor of Great Falls Aikido, died on Aug. 19, 2012 at his home in Daly City with his family at his side. Todd was born in Los Angeles in 1964 to Henry Morita Shinto and Gloria Eiko Nomura, chief instructor of Aikido Institute of San Francisco. Continue reading “Remembering Todd Shinto”
By Christina Sulzman, Ventura Aikikai
As a student of Aikido, I have not yet pursued a thorough study of the writings of O‐Sensei. However, one concept that I have come across more than once in his teachings and that I find particularly interesting is infinite or unlimited possibility in Aikido. Continue reading “Aikido and Infinite Possibility”