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Aikido is LIFE

April 23, 2019 @ 6:24 pm
by Flo Li
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We asked why Payet sensei often tells us that "Aikido is Life". Does training in aikido help us navigate life better? If so, in what ways? Answer from Payet Shihan Yes! "Aikido is Life" in the sense that training does not end at the dojo. Shioda Sensei often quoted the famous Zen master Dogen, "wherever you are and whatever you do - this is the best dojo." The training of aikido gives us tools and means to learn and apply its principles in life. Physically, you learn the importance of good balance and a strong foundation. In aikido techniques, physical [...]

Spring Forward into Aikido

March 9, 2014 @ 8:40 pm
by Flo Li
Good day everyone! Lots are happening in Aikido Del Mar. First of all, we want to give our appreciation to each and everyone of you for making Aikido Del Mar a part of your life. We truly appreciate all the support from the parents and students for making our dojo such a welcoming place to be. We have just completed week two of bokken training with the Aiki-Kids Elite Team with just a few selected individuals. To be a part of the Elite Team, each student must demonstrate a sincere desire to learn, a willingness to stay focused, and the [...]

Labor Day Schedule and More

August 30, 2013 @ 12:24 pm
by Flo Li
Good day everyone, It's going to be a hot labor day weekend here in San Diego! We are looking forward to aikido training in our air-conditioned dojo and hopefully we can break a sweat and enjoy a few extra ukemi.  As for Saturday, all classes will start at the same time. Since the onset of Kenshu training for brown belts took place, we have been ending the adult class early to accommodate. For Monday, the kids class is canceled and the youth will join the adult class for some advanced training. Here is the schedule below: Aiki-Kids       [...]

June Aikido News

July 4, 2013 @ 12:18 am
by Flo Li
Happy the 4th of July everyone and greetings from Japan! First of all, congratulations to the recipients of June Spirit Award in the youth class as many students are demonstrating their ability to embody the teachings of aikido with their attitude of focus, intensity, humbleness, integrity, and joy. This special month we gave the spirit award to Arian, Matthew, Benjamin, Emma, Julianna and Eeshan! Congratulations everyone - a job well done and keep up the great progress! Here in Japan where the weather is hot and humid, we are able to train everyday with a nice sense of accomplishment as we [...]

“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 [...]