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Youth Black Belt Essay by Anush Rajan

September 23, 2018 @ 11:26 pm
by Flo Li
At the level of youth black belt, how do you bring the Art of Peace to life outside of the dojo? As O-Sensei once said, "​ To injure an opponent is to injure yourself. To control aggression without inflicting injury is the Art of Peace." ​As we all know (or now know), the martial art of Aikido is more peaceful than other martial arts, because of its gentle nature to defend oneself without hurting the opponent. Meanwhile, other martial arts, such as karate, have a much different approach to conflict. Thus, Aikido is sometimes referred to as the “Art of Peace”. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]