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Sinking into the Present Moment by Flo Sensei

May 7, 2018 @ 8:22 pm
by Flo Li
Recently I’ve been increasingly busy with hosting aikido seminars, entertaining out-of-town guests, moving dojos, etc. I’m always on the go - from one activity to another - from one moment to another. For me, I have lived a life based on planning, on moving busily, on getting things done - and I’ve thrived in this place where I find life to be of value in the doing. On the one hand it is very useful as I can be highly effective, but it is a double-edged sword. When I’ve lived in this tendency for too long, it becomes a routine, [...]

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 [...]

Payet Shihan 2017 San Diego Workshop

March 18, 2017 @ 2:54 am
by Flo Li
Good Day Everyone! We are looking forward to seeing all our aikido friends from all over the world for the 2017 Payet Shihan workshop in San Diego. Feel free to email us at AikidoDelMar@gmail.com if you need any more details. Friday March 24th Encinitas Aikido Training and Talk,  337 Melrose Ave, Encinitas, CA 92024 3:00pm-5:00pm Encinitas Aikido Dojo Training 5:00pm-5:45pm Tea and Talk with Payet Sensei Q&A session 6:15-8:15pm Dinner at Ki's Restaurant - reservation for 15 guest under Flo Li 2591 S Coast Highway 101, Cardiff-By-The-Sea, CA 92007 (760) 436-5236 Saturday March 26th Aikido Del Mar Training 3800-A Mykonos Ln, San [...]

My Relationship with Aikido

May 9, 2016 @ 8:10 pm
by Flo Li
My Relationship with Aikido (by Lucia Evans) Aikido meaning the Power of Harmony, of all beings, all things working together. I asked the Universe for something that would help me move myself forward powerfully. The answer came back loud and clear. Aikido…. You need to practice Aikido. So for my birthday present last year 2015, I signed up for Aikido. I had had some exposure having taken my Son to it for a couple years, but I never actually invested time to experience it for myself. Aikido has changed my life. Really truly, I am so lucky that I listened [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

Kids Test and Halloween Party

October 20, 2014 @ 1:46 pm
by Flo Li
Good day everyone! The next test date for Aiki-Kids will be on Saturday Nov 1st. Test preparation is already underway and we are excited to see so many new white belts looking forward to their first aikido test experience. In the next week, we will be deciding who is ready to test and an invite will be emailed to you individually by the beginning of next week. Many kids benefitted from the private instructions prior to our last test, so once again, we will have signup sheets on the clip board for private classes for this upcoming test. On Thursday [...]

Aikido Kyu Test Results

October 7, 2013 @ 2:13 pm
by Flo Li
Testing is complete and we are happy to see such dedication and progress in all our classes. Everyone tested have passed their belt/kyu test -- congratulations! It was wonderful to see our new yellow belts in the kids class as they are being freshly introduced to aikido. We are especially proud of our youth class as they gave their best to prepare and test with intense focus. We can honestly say it was one of the strongest tests we've ever seen. In the adult class, we felt blessed to witness two families progressing together onto the next level. Nicely done! [...]

March News and Upcoming Testing!

March 28, 2013 @ 3:21 pm
by Flo Li
Hello everyone! As many of you are aware that our next test will take place on Saturday, April 13th. All classes have already begin to partake in test preparation. Students are welcome to brush up on their training during our open mat hours on Mondays and Wednesdays from 7:10 to 7:30pm. We will also be hosting an extra help session for the kids next Saturday, April 6th from 10:30 to 11:00am. We are trilled that many parents are helping their children at home to become comfortable with the three ukemi. We recommend that you use a soft carpeted open area [...]