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Brown Belt Essay By Max Bishop

June 30, 2020 @ 2:48 am
by Flo Li
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Mindfulness from dojo to the outside world Zanshin: a state of awareness, of relaxed alertness, in Japanese martial arts   Zanshin doesn’t just help with mindfulness in your aikido movements, it is that. Zanshin is a state of achieving full awareness of everything that is around you, but without having to spend a lot of energy by focusing on it. “your awareness is brought into a direct knowing of experience. This is not just a momentary knowing, but rather it is a knowing that is sustained moment by moment.” Stated The Mindfulness of Aikido: 5 Characteristics of “ZANSHIN”. and, “Zanshin [...]

Falling down and getting back up

June 1, 2020 @ 5:15 am
by Flo Li
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Falling down and getting back up A case study of the effect of the basic back breakfall of Yoshinkan Aikido on the psychosomatic development of children Dojo: Aikido Mugenjuku in Kyoto Reg. number: K-SB-16178 Name: Peter Andersen Date: 2020/5/15 Number of characters: 13.670   Introduction As one learns to stand on two legs, the head and vital organs are lifted further from the ground, making it more dangerous to fall. At the same time the base of support is reduced from four wide points to two narrow ones. All of this combines into the human preferred way of transportation, with a small base [...]

Aikido for Law Enforcement

May 13, 2020 @ 7:33 pm
by Flo Li
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A few years ago, we had the pleasure of meeting a sensei from the east coast who worked as an undercover air marshal. The stories he gifted us made each one listening secretly wishing they could have witnessed first hand. Derek Sensei from London told us about his irimi nage take down of a large bodybuilder while working as a club bouncer that was equally incredible. This week, we want to share with you one of our friends Yannick sensei from Canada describing using aikido on the job as a police officer. "I miss aikido. But I still get to [...]

Eeshan – Solo Aikido Training (since Nov 2019)

May 4, 2020 @ 7:59 pm
by Flo Li
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We would like to share with you one of our independent physical education student's journey in Solo Aikido Training. Eeshan was one of our best students in the youth class one step away from a black belt before he and his family moved to India. In the last few years, he kept in touch and in 2019 decided to take on an International Independent Study Course with us using it for his high school IAYP credit. This IAYP is similar to our ISPE program in the States. Below is Eeshan's journey in his Solo Aikido Training. We hope you will [...]

Harmony resides in Silence

April 21, 2020 @ 5:07 pm
by Flo Li
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I asked the aikido kids Saturday during ZOOM if they remember the time we did silent sitting during a Saturday morning class two-month ago. Normally, classes are smaller on the weekend in person, so it was a luxury for us to experience something different with the children. The featured photo was captured that day - February 15, 2020. So, yesterday, during ZOOM class, I asked several of the kids if they remember the feeling during silent sitting that day. Without the need to recall or any hesitation, they answered yes. They remember when the moment noise subsided, breathing slowed down, the buzz in the [...]

Living the Path of Budo

July 16, 2019 @ 7:39 pm
by Flo Li
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平成28年11月13日 「東日本学生居合道連盟50周年式典」 専修大学理事長 日高義博先生 記念講演 Talk by the Mr. Yoshihiro Hidaka Professor in Criminology, President of Senshu University in Tokyo, President of the Students All Japan Iaido Federation, High Rank Laido Practitioner Translated by Jacques Payet with the authorization of the author, selected section Preface by Payet Shihan: There is fortunately a lot of material available today on Budo and Japanese/Chinese martial arts history, philosophy, and concepts in English, but I feel most of them are filtered through Western ideology and understanding. When I came across this talk by a Japanese lecturer with an Eastern point of view, even though [...]

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 [...]

Aikido in Driving

February 15, 2019 @ 12:45 am
by Flo Li
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It was raining, traffic was light, and the lights by the on-ramp of the freeway had been turned off after the heavy morning commute. I was driving behind a fancy sports car heading down the on-ramp and suddenly the car stops right by the traffic light in front of me leaving me no time to break. Trying to break yet sliding on fresh rain, unable to stop in time, I swerved to the right lane and quickly passed by. No red traffic light, yet the car decided to stop. Somehow my base model CRV got out of the way effortlessly, [...]

Navigating Troubled Times

December 18, 2018 @ 6:41 pm
by Flo Li
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Payet Shihan's Holiday Message Dear Students and Friends of Aikido, Thank you for all of your support this year! First of all, Mugenjuku Aikido has grown over the years and will celebrate 10 years in March 2019. This is a milestone of our growth! Together as a family, I look forward to celebrating this special event with those who will make the trip to Kyoto. For those who cannot travel physically, we will celebrate with you and all our supporters worldwide in spirit. Second, I would like to acknowledge the various reasons why we practice Aikido. According to our personalities, [...]

Why Some Kids Try Harder and Some Kids Give Up

February 10, 2016 @ 10:56 pm
by Flo Li
Via Huffington Post by Tracy Cutchlow My toddler struggled to buckle the straps on her high chair. "Almost," she muttered as she tried again and again. "Almost," I agreed, trying not to hover. When she got it, I exclaimed, "You did it! It was hard, but you kept trying, and you did it. I'm so proud of you." The way I praised her effort took a little effort on my part. If I hadn't known better, I might have just said, "Clever girl!" (Or even "Here, let me help you with that.") What's so bad about that? Read on. Stanford [...]