October 5, 2017

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

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 […]
June 2, 2016

What Aikido Means to Me

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 […]
May 9, 2016

Aikido and Openness

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 […]
December 15, 2015

合気道 Black Belt Essay by Aayush Shanmugam

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 […]
November 17, 2015

Black Belt Essay Question and Answer by Huy Nguyen

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 […]
November 17, 2015

A Goodbye Letter from Aiki-Youth Student Eeshan Zele

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 […]
January 1, 2015

New Year Message from Kevin Sensei

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 […]
December 31, 2014

Message from Patrick Augé

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 […]
October 17, 2013

A Goodbye Letter From Edward Sterrett Sensei

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 […]