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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 [...]

Develop a Balanced Body

February 2, 2019 @ 6:48 pm
by Flo Li
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A student asked, "Sensei, does your posture or center line become relaxed or broken when sitting? Is it ok to relax into bad posture?" Answer from Payet Shihan The purpose of training is to develop a balanced body with a strong center line. At first, we work consciously toward this goal by maintaining a balanced state with some tension while using muscles to position and align the spine and the body properly. In the same way when we do our kamae in the beginning when learning aikido, we are stiff as we carefully keep our back and our leg straight to [...]

Happy 2018 from Jacques Payet Shihan, Mugenjuku Aikido

December 19, 2017 @ 1:27 am
by Flo Li
It is already the end of 2017. It is time for greetings, wishes, and resolutions! This year I've turned 60. In Japan, this is a special time when you take the opportunity to celebrate with family and friends, and thank them for their love and support during all those years. Reflecting on my life, I realized that most of what has happened would not have been possible without the extraordinary support of family, friends, and students from all over the world. Many times I thought of quitting aikido. Sometimes, taking an easier path in moments of great doubt seemed more [...]

Aikido Had to Be Felt

May 1, 2012 @ 1:28 pm
by Flo Li
Aikido is often thought as mysterious for its effortless power. In Aikido, the goal is not to hurt another, but to unify with another in heart, mind, and energy. It takes a certain kind of discipline to train oneself to use such "soft" power. For practitioners, being able to feel and execute "soft" power is a source of joy and continuous learning. Today we would like to share with you an article written by Robert Mustard sensei (7th dan) about his experience while training in Japan under the house of Soke Gozo Shioda - the founder of Yoshinkan Aikido. It Had to [...]

Aikido Ukemi Clinic – how to do a proper forward roll

November 16, 2011 @ 2:23 pm
by Flo Li
Most students have trouble with ukemi - especially when it comes to the forward roll. Some smaller children tend to put their head down to support their body. A few older kids do not maintain the strength in their body to remain round throughout the roll. Adults tend to deal with fears of "falling" might contract the body and can end up injuring themselves. We have published as few helpful hints and videos to help you safely practice the forward roll - [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ShUFonrBErk] 1. you can swing your front arm over your head to initiate the circling movement of the [...]

“Ki no Musubi – A Meeting of Minds” by Nev Sagiba

June 25, 2011 @ 3:24 pm
by Flo Li
    To Melanesians, being of “one mind,” means exactly that. And this is why the more heavily populated Niuginis never successfully invaded them for over 50,000 years of trying to do so. In principles of law, A Meeting of Minds (consensus ad idem) is the primary requirement for, and the definition of a contract. In natural thinking there can be seen what could be called a Divine Principle at work. A platoon who are indeed “of one mind” are invincible. That, united we stand and divided we fall, is more than a cliché. Where two or more are gathered [...]

Who is the Most Important Person at the Dojo?

November 20, 2009 @ 2:00 pm
by aikidodelmarsensei
Go ahead and in your mind  choose a person or position at the dojo that you think is the most important one. I suggest to you it is the person that just joined today— the new person that took the plunge to begin something new, maybe even scary and intimidating. The new student doesn’t know much, if anything about Aikido,,and they are aware that they don’t know! They have what the Japanese call “shoshin”, translated as “white-belt mind” or “beginner’s mind”. They bring this precious state of mind into the dojo for all to witness and appreciate. Their courage and [...]

What do YOU do when you make a mistake?

August 26, 2009 @ 9:36 am
by Flo Li
(Note: A topic came up in class the other night and it was worth writing about it so everyone that wasn't in class can also profit from it and learn more about the Art of Peace- Aikido.) We’ve seen it a million times- both with others and ourselves. I saw it the other night in class, a student was involved in a series of cuts with his sword and he made a mistake. That he made a mistake was not a big deal, he’s as human as you and me. What is important is the response to the mistake. As [...]