Thursday, August 25, 2022

Off on a Tangent

Describing the path of nage's (defender) lead and uke flow for Ushiro Tekube/Hiji/Kata Tori Kokyu Nage.  Aikido is often described in books as being all about circles.  Practice tells us the most interesting things happen when uke (the attacker) enters and exits the circle.  Physics tells us objects leaving a circle want to continue on a path tangent to the point of exit and vice versa for entering the circle.  Don't fight physics.  It is our friend.


You don't need to be a mathematician to practice Aikido, but having paid half-attention in geometry and physics classes in grade school doesn't hurt.  :)



We've added a video to our YouTube Channel to help visualize this concept. 


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Wednesday, August 24, 2022

Along the Path


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Learning a martial art like Aikido Kokikai® is often described as climbing a mountain, which in many ways bears some truth. But what is often not said is what you find along that path. You find community, friends, family with those making the trek with you. With each step you become healthier not only physically but mentally and spiritually.

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Wednesday, July 13, 2022

What's your character?

 Beginners welcome! 

Weekly classes for adults on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays evenings. 

No experience necessary.

Monday, June 13, 2022

No Classes Tuesday June 14th, 2022 (Chase Corporate Challenge street closures)

The Chase Corporate Challenge is Tuesday June 14th.  The course closes down and makes a general mess out of the area immediately around our dojo and the police tend to close streets even earlier than posted.  So, no class Tuesday, June 14th (tomorrow … or today if you are reading this a few hours from now).


See you on the mat Wednesday or Thursday!

Wednesday, June 1, 2022

June Dojo Update

Congratulations to Caitlin on her 6th kyu test Tuesday 5/24/22. Thanks to all who came and supported her test. Caitlin is the latest in our cohort of recent beginners to don her first orange belt. It is wonderful to see our new students gel and become a group. This connection is what Aikido is all about. It is more than self defense, more than self discipline. By its very nature, Aikido builds community as it cannot be practiced in solitude. We require honest intentional interaction with others. We crave what we require. This is why Aikido builds and betters our lives.
Also, Starting June 2nd, 2022, we continue the post covid era reconstruction with adding another practce option on Thursday nights starting at 6pm-7pm in addition to our 7pm-8pm class.  Our full schedule now is:

Tuesdays 7-8pm with Brian Sensei
Tuesdays 8-9pm with Peter Sensei
Wednesdays 6-7:30pm with Ray Sensei
Thursdays 6-7pm with Marcella Sensei
Thursdays 7-8pm with Brian Sensei