The art of drawing the sword and striking a killing blow is offered, by Flynn Shihan, at Thistle Aikikai in Chryston, Scotland. For a few days in September, it was offered in Bucks County, Penn. In Iaido, students learn to use the sword not merely as a tool for cutting down one’s enemy, but as a method of allowing the mind and body to become more harmonious with nature. When instructed by Flynn Shihan, you also learn a bit about cutting down the Anglish!
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!”
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”
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”
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”
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”