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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 [...]

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 [...]