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Why do we test in aikido? (Shodan Essay by Richard Roberts)

October 5, 2017 @ 6:23 pm
by Flo Li
Shodan Essay: Why do we test in Aikido? What are the benefits and pitfalls of testing? So, at 4am the morning of my shodan test I awoke realizing I needed to re-compose my answer to this question. At 5am, I was typing, working on what might have been the fifth version I’d written in a week. You see, the night before, after finally mustering enough energy after work, I gave a practice talk (using what I then thought to be the final version of my essay) to Yvette and Ilana, my wife and daughter. After I’d finished, I, of course, [...]

What Aikido Means to Me

June 2, 2016 @ 5:01 am
by Flo Li
What Aikido, and Getting A Black Belt,  Means to Me by Noah, age 12, Encinitas Aikido, Youth Black Belt received on May 31, 2016 Aikido, to me, is a martial art unlike any other. It teaches me to be able to defend myself, but not hurt the person that I am defending myself from. To me, it means to be at peace, and to teach others. It teaches me to be a better person in the world. It also allows me to learn. But, what is the most important thing about Aikido, I think, is that I am being taught [...]

Aikido and Openness

May 9, 2016 @ 8:00 pm
by Flo Li
The following writing was a speech given by John Pergakes during his shodan exam. In aikido, we do not compare ourselves to one another, it is the importance of our inner development that matters the most. You and I might be very different in height, weight, physical abilities, emotional sensitivities, and even our pace of progress, yet in aikido we recognize each person is unique in our own journey, and the test of shodan is not only a memorization of techniques or the ability to make connections, but also it is a test to see how far we've come to [...]

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 [...]

合気道 Black Belt Essay by Aayush Shanmugam

December 15, 2015 @ 8:37 pm
by Flo Li
合気道 Black Belt Essay By: Aayush Shanmugam (Age 12) For getting a black belt one of the requirements is to write an essay and give a speech based on a question that sensei gave us. The questions that  were given  to me were “What is the spirit of Aiki - Why do we need to be humble - and How can you stay humble after earning your black belt?” The first part of my essay topic is “What is the spirit of Aiki?” Keeping in mind that aikido means “the way of harmony with the forces of nature,” To me, [...]

Black Belt Essay Question and Answer by Huy Nguyen

November 17, 2015 @ 12:23 am
by Flo Li
Huy Nguyen's Black Belt Test Essay Question Given by Kevin Pickard Sensei - "If Aikio is supposed to be natural, harmonious and effortless, why is it so difficult, exhausting and frustrating?" Answer: Let's analyze each aspect of Aikido: 1. Natural: Look around us, either in a macroscale like the universe and planets or a micro one like the ball of the pens, we'll find that things are natural in circular or spherical shapes. Circular/spherical objects are optimal for movements, for example, the wheels of the cars, the cogs of the watches, the turbines of the rockets, all are circular. Aikido [...]

A Goodbye Letter from Aiki-Youth Student Eeshan Zele

November 17, 2015 @ 12:09 am
by Flo Li
When I first started Aikido, I didn't know what it was. I thought it was like all the other martial arts. After training for about a year or so, I understood that unlike other martial arts, you have to use the other person's aggressive energy and turn it into your own peaceful energy. Kevin sensei and Flo sensei helped me understand this. All of you helped me to learn this and many other things like patience. Aikido helped me in a lot of ways. My grades are excellent whenever I'm training in aikido. It helped me be more focused, be [...]

New Year Message from Kevin Sensei

January 1, 2015 @ 5:33 am
by AikidoAdmin
Happy New Year Everyone, I wish you and your family a wonderful 2015. Tomorrow marks the first day of aikido for the new year and to kick start our training I would like to share a letter from a highly respected teacher to his students below. It does not matter that it is not Aikido because it IS about the Japanese concept of “budo” – to follow a path through life using warrior energy. Aikido is very much a form of budo. What impressed me was the wealth of information, instruction, and depth of wisdom contained in it. After you [...]

Message from Patrick Augé

December 31, 2014 @ 5:47 am
by AikidoAdmin
Dear Parents, Students, and Friends, As 2015 approaches, I wish to take this opportunity to share some of my experiences and thoughts with those of us who have made Budō – The Martial Path – the way to travel this life’s journey. Please be aware that I expect students to use the teachings as material to think for themselves and draw their own conclusions. As long as we consider the principles of Budō, Sei Ryoku Zen Yō (Maximum Efficiency, Best Use of Energy, etc.) and Jita Kyō Ei (Mutual Welfare and Prosperity) in daily situations, we will stay on the [...]

A Goodbye Letter From Edward Sterrett Sensei

October 17, 2013 @ 9:59 pm
by Flo Li
Dear students and parents of students at Aikido Del Mar, Many of you know that I have been traveling quite a bit for my doctoral research in the last couple of years, and my time at the dojo has been increasingly sparse as a result. But this last departure in mid August marked a major transition. I moved to Los Angeles with my fiancé, Micki, who some of you have had the pleasure of meeting and training with, and just under two weeks ago we got married! Needless to say, things have been quite busy since I last saw many [...]