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Pure Aikido

There are two motto’s at Pure Aikido

By Marcus Encel There are two motto’s at Pure Aikido….and they are also my personal motto’s, (no surprise there). Always take 1. “The path of least resistance” and 2. Minimum effort for maximum effect. Don’t oppose strength but redirect. Don’t clash intellectually and personally, strive to harmonise the situation. Struggle against the instinct for conflict. […]

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Pure Aikido

Always find Reasons to Train never reasons not to

By Marcus Encel When you decide to become good at Aikido it requires a commitment to training. Everyone struggles at some time in their Aikido life. The pressures of life can mount up. The old cliche applies here “quitters never win and winners never quit”. If you decide to become an Aikido ka stopping is […]

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Pure Aikido

States of Keiko

By Marcus Encel Within the practice of Aikido there reside many levels. levels of practice, levels of intensity, spirituality and ki. Aikido differs when it is practiced on the mat or in a live (street) situation. In a normal class our basic practice method revolves around static, flowing and ki methods. They represent A- Static, […]

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Practice

The key to improving Aikido is daily practice.

The key to improving Aikido is daily practice. I say it all day. But that is not enough. One spends so much time and effort acquiring any skill that once a certain level is reached it is easy to become complacent or to not take new information on. This is the beginning of stagnation. Everyday […]

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Pure Aikido

To cross train or not

By Marcus Encel A big question for many Aikido-ka is how much to cross train? In Japan at the Aiki Jinja or shrine it was forbidden to practice other Martial Arts. I wasn’t too keen on that at the time. Now I understand it. Number one at an Aikido shrine it is not appropriate to […]

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weapons

Aikido and Weapons The Last Word?

Originally published on aikidojournal.com by Stanley Pranin The debate about whether aikido should include weapons training is a long-standing one and we have frequently offered a forum to proponents of both sides of the issue in the pages of Aikido Journal. I have both observed and been a participant in these discussions and would like to […]

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Abe Sensei

Abe Sensei Interview 2

Originally published on aikidojournal.com Renowned calligrapher and aikido master recollects his experiences as both student and teacher of Morihei Ueshiba. THE PATH OF BRUSH Sensei, you are well known as a master calligrapher. How was it that you started down “the path of the brush?” I used to be a school teacher, first at the elementary […]

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Morihei Ueshiba

The Founder of Aikido – Mover of Mountains

Originally published on aikidojournal.com by Kazuhiko The following article was prepared with the kind assistance of James Sewell of the U.S.A. and is the first in a series of seventeen articles dealing with the life of the founder of aikido, Morihei Ueshiba, which appeared in a Japanese-language newspaper a number of years ago. The journalistic style […]

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Tomiki Aikido

Tomiki Aikido: An Interview with Hiroaki Kogure Sensei

Originally published on aikidojournal.com Hiroaki Kogure Sensei studied under Kenji Tomiki Sensei at Waseda University in the 1950’s. An 8th dan, he is now contributing to the spread of Tomiki Aikido and guidance of the Japan Aikido Association as its Chief Director. Kogure Sensei talks about the JAA and its continuing efforts to develop Aikido in […]

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Tada Sensei

Tada Sensei Interview

Originally published on aikidojournal.com AJ: Sensei, I understand that you began aikido after entering Waseda University? Tada Sensei: Yes, but because of the war I was unable to enroll in the dojo until March of 1950. I also believe you began karate when you entered the university, and later felt drawn to aikido…. Actually, I didn’t […]