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Class Survey RESULTS

April 29, 2019 @ 9:33 pm
by Flo Li
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Thank you all for your participation in our class survey. We have completed two online surveys and a take home survey in the last month in order to make changes that will benefit you. Here are some of the results we would like to share with you. Note: We have given the youth students a take-home survey so parents can get insights as well. 1. Kids/Youth Class Parent Satisfaction Survey RESULTS average completion time: 4 minutes average class attendance: 33% 85% of you think "aikido is a good place to grow stronger physically and mentally" 74% of you think "this is [...]

Aikido is LIFE

April 23, 2019 @ 6:24 pm
by Flo Li
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We asked why Payet sensei often tells us that "Aikido is Life". Does training in aikido help us navigate life better? If so, in what ways? Answer from Payet Shihan Yes! "Aikido is Life" in the sense that training does not end at the dojo. Shioda Sensei often quoted the famous Zen master Dogen, "wherever you are and whatever you do - this is the best dojo." The training of aikido gives us tools and means to learn and apply its principles in life. Physically, you learn the importance of good balance and a strong foundation. In aikido techniques, physical [...]

Zen Meditation

April 23, 2019 @ 6:16 pm
by Flo Li
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A student asked, "Osu! Sensei, I notice whenever I try to DO something, I'm off balance. When practicing Aikido as a beginner how can I let go the need to accomplish the movements and become more aware in my own body?" Answer from Jacques Payet Shihan, "Aikido is a process. Like in Zen meditation for example, even though your focus is on your posture, at the beginning your thoughts would get in the way. It takes a good deal of practice to let your mind wonder as it may while you naturally stay focused and fully aware. In aikido, beginners [...]

Aikido involves the WHOLE Body

April 23, 2019 @ 6:11 pm
by Flo Li
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A student asked, "Osu! Sensei, sometimes in Aikido we unintentionally hurt our partner. What is the best way to avoid getting injured and avoid injuring our partner?" Answer from Jacques Payet Shihan: "First, both instructors and students should remember that Aikido involves the whole body when applying and receiving the technique. Shite should not try to apply a movement to a particular part of the body. For example, don't just apply a technique to the wrist. You must learn how to link from the wrist to the shoulder, to the hips, to the knees, and throughout uke's body. So the technique is [...]

Mind & Body

April 23, 2019 @ 6:03 pm
by Flo Li
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A student asked, "Osu Sensei, there's a quote by the stoic philosopher Seneca - we suffer more in imagination then in reality. And I see this in my own aikido training. On a day I feel weakness in my body, my mind becomes infected with more weakness, and my jiyuwaza falls apart as a result of my imagined gloomy outcome. How do I overcome being defeated by my own mind?" Answer from Payet Shihan: "In Aikido body and mind must be united. When separated, the mind takes over to control. Through the practice of aikido techniques the body becomes one with [...]