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At almost 52 I’m jsut starting in Aikido – my first class will be this week. I know that the road ahead has many (painful at my age) bumbs and bruises but I have wanted to learn Aikido for several

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Where you need to go… “Learning and Aikido—Your Mileage May Vary,” by Kara L. Stewart

All the throwing and being thrown in Aikido also has led to other changes. Getting up off the mat a zillion times during class may sound like a horrible way to choose to spend time. On the contrary, I’ve found

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Blaming The Victim

If you are a veteran with symptoms of PTSD you have to understand two, absolutely true, facts. You are not to blame. You are not alone. Back in March, I did a piece on warfighting and the fact that it

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I Liq Chuan Training Camp in Slovakia, June 15-22, 2014

Ashe Higgs, disciple of I Liq Chuan GM Sam F.S. Chin, will once again be leading a seven day training camp in Slovakia, June 15-22 2014. ILC is a powerful and effective martial art with an internal body method applicable

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Why bother keeping Aikido ‘pure’?

This is something that’s been bugging me a long time and I’m sure I’m probably not the first to raise such issues but thought I would share my thoughts here. I am a 31 year old and have been training

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Dan Harden at Aikido of Diablo Valley (ADV) weekend of June 6-8, 2014

Dan Harden Seminar at Aikido of Diablo Valley (ADV) the weekend of June 6-8, 2014 This is is an opportunity for new people to be able to attend a workshop with Dan. There will also be a lot of people

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Do you do it this way? How to tie your belt!

A clear, step-by-step video of one approach to tying your martial arts belt so that it hangs even. This is something that beginners will find useful… Click here to watch video

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Watch what happens! Robert Kennedy’s bodyguard tests Gozo Shioda Sensei

A short video with rare historical footage of the 1962 visit of Robert Kennedy to Japan where he experiences first-hand the Yoshinkan Aikido of Gozo Shioda Sensei. Kennedy’s bodyguard is doubtful of the effectives of the diminutive Shioda’s technique. Watch

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Ouch! “Editor Stanley Pranin gets a taste of Shihonage, Daito-ryu style!”

Intrepid editor Stanley Pranin gets in the act by feeling the pain associated with the Daito-ryu version of shihonage! Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu was the old jujutsu style studied and taught by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba beginning in 1915. His teacher was

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Informal poll – What browser and version are you using?

I am putting this question in the Websites section because it is a necessary tool to viewing a website. I am asking the question because of recent updates I made to our dojo website. Help a website design dabbler out.

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