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SEPTEMBER  2009

AUTUMN SEASON

TOP NEWS AND ARTICLES:

Aikido, Ki, and Perspectives on Aikido
by George Mc Masters

Just a couple of points I would like to voice - in response to the question of the existence of ki. A long time before I began my training and study of Aikido, I felt or was . . .

More on this article . . .

 

Book Reviews:

 

The Sword of No-Sword, Life of the Master Warrior Tesshu, author John Stevens
by Cheryl Matrasko

John Stevens’ book, The Sword of No-Sword, Life of the Master Warrior Tesshu is an excellent biography of master swordsman, Yamaoka Tesshu. Tesshu is revealed from his early years under classical samurai training, through the development of his Sword of No-Sword style, intertwined with his spiritual growth . .

     
 

Budo Secrets
Teachings of the Martial Arts Masters

author
John Stevens

by Cheryl Matrasko

High on my list for both good reading and personal interest for the serious Aikidoist is “Budo Secrets: Teachings of the Martial Arts Masters”, by Professor John Stevens, published by Shambhala, Publications, Inc. Boston & London.

    

Spirit of Martial Arts?  
by Cheryl Matrasko

Last month, I received an e-mail from a reader that read my article on Self-Training in Aikido. He explained the he was not in active practice for health reasons and was wondering:

" . . . how to "keep in touch" with the spirit of the martial art... given that it's a martial art dedicated to the improvement of humanity in general . . ."

Article by Cheryl Matrasko

 

Self Training in Aikido?
by Cheryl Matrasko

Just about every three days, I receive e-mail requesting that I send a book or video to someone so that they can learn Aikido by themselves.  Sometimes the reasons vary: there are no dojos close by, lack of good instructors, etc.

I received an e-mail a couple of minutes ago with the following request . . .

Article by Cheryl Matrasko

  

Interview with Renown Aikidoist John Stevens
by Cheryl Matrasko

Earlier this year, John Stevens' book The Philosophy of Aikido was published by Kodansha International, Ltd. Tokyo, Japan.


© 2001 photos by Scott Aitken, www.ScottPix.com

John Stevens is an internationally acclaimed Aikidoka and one of the foremost authorities on Aikido and Buddhist studies.

More on this Story . . . 

   

SPECIAL MAJOR SEMINARS

Oberlin, Ohio - Jan. 23rd-25th, 2009
Kayla Feder, 6th Dan
 in seminar at Oberlin Winter Term Seminar, Oberlin College Hales Gym

 


 

AIKIDO PHOTOGRAPHS

Newly Submitted Photos:

Thank you Alessandro Tittarelli, of Aiki Shuren Dojo Ancona, of Ancona, Italy! Has shared his pictures of the late Morihiro Saito, 9th Dan! We have now two pages for Morihiro Saito thanks to Aviv Goldsmith and Alessandro Tittarelli!!!

Thank you again to Sonja Jovovic of Yugoslav Tendoryu Organization! She has generously sent us more pictures of her pictures of Kenji Shimizu, 8th Dan! Thank you for sharing these with us. We have Page 1 and Page 2 of great photos from her.

Aviv Goldsmith generously shared his collection with us! Thank you Aviv!
His collection includes: Morihiro Saito, 9th Dan, Bill Witt, 7th Dan, Tom Bernice, 6th Dan, Dennis Tatoian, 6th Dan, Hans Goto, 6th Dan, Pat Hendricks, 6th Dan, Hoa Newens, 6th Dan

Everyone, thank you for your generosity. Our readers appreciate everyone that has shared his/her photos and articles!

        

THE BASICS OF ABSORPTION AND METABOLISM OF A MEAL
by James Loeser

Americans typically eat 2-3 meals per day. The food we take in during each meal is digested by the body, by a process called metabolism, a term most people are familiar with; it can refer the to overall functioning of the body or it can refer to specific bodily function, such as food metabolism. 

What's the Story

BOOK AND VIDEO REVIEWS

The Sword of No-Sword, Life of the Master Warrior Tesshu, author John Stevens
by Cheryl Matrasko

John Stevens’ book, The Sword of No-Sword, Life of the Master Warrior Tesshu is an excellent biography of master swordsman, Yamaoka Tesshu. Tesshu is revealed from his early years under classical samurai training, through the development of his Sword of No-Sword style, intertwined with his spiritual growth . .

What's the story behind the book . . .

Budo Secrets
Teachings of the Martial Arts Masters

author
John Stevens

by Cheryl Matrasko

High on my list for both good reading and personal interest for the serious Aikidoist is “Budo Secrets: Teachings of the Martial Arts Masters”, by Professor John Stevens, published by Shambhala, Publications, Inc. Boston & London.

What's the story behind the book . . .

     

ARCHIVED ARTICLES

  

Aikido Photos

Submitted photos of Aikidoists from Great Britain, Texas, Canada, Mexico, Amsterdam, etc.

VIEWPOINT

Defense Problems with Small Limbs

From an anonymous female reader:

I'm practicing Zenshin Karate and absolutely hate sparring sessions as I always get hit. My blocks aren't good and my punches never quite make it to the practicing opponent. I'm of small build and believe my problems are because my limbs are too short. Any tips on how I can improve??

 

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AIKIDO ARTICLES

Discipline and Training
Martial Arts or Formal Education?

Some time ago, someone sent me what appeared to be a desperate letter questioning the legitimacy of some instructor that apparently opened his doors and claimed to be fluent in many martial arts.

Article by Cheryl Matrasko

        

THE BASICS OF ABSORPTION AND METABOLISM OF A MEAL
by James Loeser

Americans typically eat 2-3 meals per day. The food we take in during each meal is digested by the body, by a process called metabolism, a term most people are familiar with; it can refer the to overall functioning of the body or it can refer to specific bodily function, such as food metabolism. 

What's the Story

    
Bushido, Warrior Code of Conduct

We can hardly begin a discussion on Bushido without introducing the Samurai warrior. After all, it is the Samurai that developed, chose, and dedicated their entire lives to the unwritten code of conduct, known as Bushido. To do less, would be a dishonor to their memory and the legacy of martial ways, which prevent us from being barbarous savages. 

The Samurai
Bushido Origins
Bushido  Additions

Article by Cheryl Matrasko

      
Entering: Irimi and Tenkan

Irimi is a method of entering an attack, as is tenkan. The best way to understand irimi and tenkan is to know that they are both methods of entering an attack for the best advantage. These two differ in the ways they undertake this.

Article by Cheryl Matrasko, 4th Dan

AIKIDO TECHNICAL TIPS
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Animated graphical illustrations (GIFs), still pictures, written explanations aid in Aikido Training.

What's the Story

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
Some Feedback from our Readers !!!

From:
Thavysak N. Chareunsri

Oviato
Ibrahim Balcı
Tina Hession-Rowley
Raymond
Michael D. Morelli
Heba Al-Ali
Daniel Raremby
Andy Hopkins
Allan - Philippines
Wayne Perron
Chas Billera
Angelo Rella
Jim Lavin
Tony Vassar

    
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