September 2009 - February 2010 Aikido in the Outside World

If your opponent strikes with fire, counter with water, becoming completely fluid and free-flowing. Water, by its nature, never collides with or breaks against anything. On the contrary, it swallows up any attack harmlessly. -O’Sensei Dear Aikidoka and AWA members, Welcome, again, to the AWA newsletter! This issue will With an aspiration to extend aikido into our communities, bring to light the ways in which aikido can be applied to Landry Sensei invites our AWA dojos to partake in volunteer work. He provides us with examples from his dojo and our lives, beyond the mats, in the outside world. the benefits thereof. You will see that it generates positivity “The Art of Peace” is a way of life. To fully experience it, in and between dojo members and the surrounding community. What a wonderful way to spread the philosophy! we must identify its lessons on a philosophical level. When we begin drawing parallels between physical and social technique, we see aikido in a more enlightening context. In realizing that kokyunage can be applied verbally, and randori can be applied emotionally, we begin to successfully control situations on a variety of levels. We begin to apply aikido to aspects within our families, friendships, work environments, and communities. We integrate aikido into our daily attitude and encounters. We have DeGraff Sensei in her latest, “On the Road with the AWA,” describing the strong bonds throughout our organization. Coupled with her article is a West Virginia seminar review by Kelly Street, emphasizing the importance of dojo teamwork in hosting a seminar.

Dorfman Sensei addresses the issue of using the dojo to weather storms in life, providing personal examples of how aikido has helped him through tough times. His sensitive Over time, our wisdom expands. As we learn to maintain perspective is valuable, both personally, and within our curpeace within ourselves, we set examples for others. We rent financial climate. slowly forge ourselves into model citizens by demonstrating our lessons in patience, compassion, commitment, Also included is an interview with Price Sensei, focusing resilience, and sincerity. Training provides us with insight— on his history, experience, and how aikido is effectively to improve ourselves is to improve the lives of those around applied to law enforcement. He speaks on how he started us, and vice-versa. This process is how we best extend this Gishinkan, his dojo in Kure Beach, North Carolina, and art beyond ourselves. This process is how we create peace how his students help to keep it growing. Prefacing his interview are articles from two of his students, revealing ways in in the world, one step at a time. which aikido can be effectively used as defense. In this issue, first you will find words from Sato Sensei on the purpose of “the kata”, and how it translates directly to It is a pleasure to present you with these refreshing, insight“The Way of Harmony.” When applied genuinely, kata will ful perspectives. I extend a thank you to our writers, editors, photographers and, most of all, our readers! Enjoy! extend beyond the mats and enhance your entire life. Following this is an interesting definition of shugyo, written by In Aiki, Michael McGuigan. Shugyo may be about us as individuals, Alison Lincoln, Design Director, 2nd kyu but it is also about everyone around us, including family. Jikishinkan, Brooklyn, NY


September 2009 - February 2010 ANNOUNCEMENTS

Aikido Kata and “The Way” by Sato Sensei....................3 Congratulations to the Newlyweds! Shodan Essay: What Is Shugyo? by Michael McGuigan.....4 Aikido and Community Service by Landry Sensei.............5 Shodan Essay: What Is Aikido? by Rodriguez Sensei......7 On the Road: July 2009 by DeGraff Sensei.......................7 West Virginia Seminar Review by Kelly Street.................8 Aikido at Work in Everyday Life by Adam Krent..............9 Using Aikido and the Dojo to Temper the Impact of the Outside World by Dorfman Sensei.......10 Cucumbery Cool of Aikidoka by Brian Shipkin.................12 An Education in Avoiding Violence by Adam Tate...........13 The Power to Empower by Laura Hiles..........................14 Interview of Price Sensei by Alison Lincoln.....................15 Nidan Essay: Aikido: History and Future by Ben Zarit.......17 RECENT DAN PROMOTIONS Aikido to Jiu-jitsu by Nakagawa Sensei......................19 AWA Photos taken by Greg Null and AWA members......20 SANDAN: Ai- Ki- DʼOh! comic strip by Knipping Sensei.................20 David Galdamez Sensei, Wadokan dojo, Spring, TX AWA Calendar .............................................................21 Robert Hoff, NYAA dojo, Brooklyn, NY Marcos Mendez, Kyushinkan dojo, Roswell, GA Greg Null, Gyokushinkan dojo, Fort Smith, AR Sandra Cousins, Wadokan dojo, Spring, TX NIDAN: Dirk Domaschko Sensei, Mushinkan dojo, Liberty Township, OH John Kurker, Kiku Matsu dojo, Chicago, IL Thomas Pampalone, Kiku Matsu dojo, Chicago, IL SHODAN: Stephanie Flores, Jikishinkan dojo, Brooklyn, NY Joe Johnson, Gyokushinkan dojo, Fort Smith, AR Michael McGuigan, Jikishinkan dojo, Brooklyn, NY AWA Newsletter Staff: Alison Lincoln, Design Director, Jikishinkan, Brooklyn, NY to make submissions for consideration. John Hannon, Editor, Jikishinkan, Brooklyn, NY Kristin Kelley, Editor, Kiku Matsu, Chicago, IL Dave Strong, Joshinkan dojo, Springdale, AR Timothy Smith Sensei, Jishukan dojo, Sanford, NC Paul Van Huffel, Senshinkan dojo, MI Geoffry Teddy Weithers, NYAA dojo, Brooklyn, NY Karl Hsu, Kyushinkan dojo, Roswell, GA Phillip Smutko, Kiku Matsu dojo, Chicago, IL The Universal Ki says RECYCLE All contents within: © 2009 Aikido World Alliance Sylvie Steranka, Kushinkan dojo, Charleston, WV Aaron Rainey, Wadokan dojo, Spring, TX Jonathan Knipping Sensei and Myhang Tran tied the knot on May 24th, 2009. Cheers to Mr. and Mrs. Knipping! to make submissions for consideration. Michael Campbell, Bushinkan dojo, Royersford, PA Greg Null, Main Photographer, Gyokushinkan, Fort Smith, AR Scott Skeen, Retsushinkan dojo, Charlotte, NC


we learn not for ourselves and others. Anything else was a waste or you were wasted by the samurai class. in that order. This specific form is necessary for one to get into the mind of “the way. and be the catalyst for us to do everything using “the right kata.” With thousands of repetitions of ikkyo or kotegaeshi. These are just a only the physical movement.” On and Off the Mat By Sato Sensei. questions. It is aikido training on the mat that should offer us this glimpse. We should rejoice and work at enjoying what we have. how can aikido help us gain the ability to enjoy the wonderful gifts of life we have? From the beginning. What are the answers? Our lives are short in the larger scheme of things. but few of the byproducts that. (continued) How to move correctly.NEWSLETTER September 2009 . for ourselves and others. This mentality stems from the culture and feudal thinking of Old Japan. IL Where does our training go to if it is turned off when we are not at the dojo? Is it really off when we are not on the mat? Is our pursuit for perfection and understanding of aikido something to be turned off and on only when needed? Questions. Chicago. with little effort other than our mindsʼ limitations.” For all of us. wherein whatever one did there was a “correct way” to do it. allowing us to get on the mat and train. looking out the front window or staring at the ceiling during my recent surgery and recovery. in earnest.” about your aikido technique on the mat. and everything else you do in the dojo. an effort to do it 100% right. talked about. act cor- 3 . ikkyo or kotegaeshi. questions. a sincerity of effort. and the way we do anything! Your sensei tells you to “do it this way.February 2010 Aikido Kata and “The Way. how we sit. act correctly. the actual outcome. we are. So. AWA Headquarters. The correct process requires. we have said. ers correctly all funnel down to “the kata” of our mindʼs thoughts and actions. develalso diligence. we learn not only the physical movement. We should enjoy the fact that our body parts work. and treat othour mindʼs thoughts and actions. How all funnel down to “the kata” of to move correctly. whatever process executed would be less than best and so would the outcome. first. Rokudan Kiku Matsu. perseverance. or heard our sensei use the term “The Way of Harmony. and treat others correctly if you will) in every aspect of our lives. It is about living and enjoying each day that we can.” how we breathe.” Do we really understand what it means? After many hours of sitting. second. and third. yet many days we may feel and bemoan our sufferings and daily problems as if they are a thousand yearsʼ worth. and op and improve who patience. Without the correct attitude. not what we do not have. aikido develops our form (“kata” rectly. combined. but With thousands of repetitions of also diligence. as functioning human beings. and patience. Life is not about getting the next good parking spot or wearing the latest fashion trend. AWA Chief Instructor. perseverance. I think I have a small glimpse of what “The Way of Harmony” is. Everything we do is “the way. Training on the mat imparts in us “the way” we should act when we are not in the dojo.

lies within the effort of our hearts. revealed. and strength to keep going. is the beauty of the art—the art of life through aikido. not just in the dojo. to practice techniques as they are demonstrated. and to respect your fellow students. to the point where one may begin to feel We must try our best in all we guilty if something is done out of accordo. and the mind will follow the heart. Resisting this concept.” forward movement and development happens naturally in everything we do. movement. and it has negative effects on marriage and family. you will see the progress. My commitment to training. This required diligence. Shodan Essay: What Is Shugyo? by Michael McGuigan. with no hidThe change from following “the den agenda attached. It means sacand enjoyable life. for ourselves and for others. feeling you know better or trying to alter what the dojo form or protocol indicates. shugyo is a balancthe way of the universe. I read an article describing the actions of a Japanese auto executive taking a walk down the factory assembly line. Even as the chairman of a company you could not be satisfied with your station. finding beauty and grace in both the giving and receiving that we experience. Please try your aikido not only on the rificing mat time for a night. decades actually. insight. day in and day out. digging deep in the way of practice can bring light and a better sense of self. Shugyo! Shuygo is accomplishing yourself in a discipline through rigorous training. your intention is to have an honest practice—to have committed attacks. NY Years ago. Shodan Jikishinkan. He engaged one of the workers in a discussion regarding the side view mirror. with respect to aikido. yet not always easy to do it. or a week so that your family can have their own shugyo. This kind of shugyo is very difficult to manage. We must try our best in all we do. (continued) 4 . but off the mat as well. It can create the desire to make each area of life a work of art. but not an easy path to walk. and training.NEWSLETTER September 2009 . time. but it must be done and done right. In following the principles of “the way. why it was designed in a certain way. It is easy to see what has to be done. as it is a relatively simple path to recognize. This commitment continued throughout your career. for ourselves and for others. It was not uncommon to commit yourself to one craft. It is considering others that work hard to provide breath. The change from folform” to following “the way” lies lowing “the form” to following “the way” within the effort of our hearts. It is in the practice. harder. in order to educate future workers. It makes for a satisfying you with your chance to accomplish yourself. Brooklyn. This kind of shugyo is selfish and can cause the end of a personʼs aikido trainIt is slow going. Each time you step onto the mat.February 2010 (continuation) The real beauty and benefit of our aikido training is the ability to change and conform to “the way of universal harmony. By understanding and following “the kata.” This takes never-ending commitment and practice. only makes progress slower. without deviation or short cuts. and mindʼs eye. hard work. and less likely to transform your life. that means training with purpose. When one is at that low and lonely point. with no hidden agenda attached. but obviously a required safety feature. It is not much different than the morning ritual of brushing oneʼs teeth. dance. but as you look back on your path. Here.” it slowly takes over every movement and thought. There is nothing magical about it. over ing. In aikido. “The way“ is structured to help each of us understand our self and our place in the world. I used to think that shugyo meant spending as much time at the dojo as possible in order to advance my aikido. It is an amazing experience! rigorous mental and physical training. however. but in every ing act. The gist of the article was that in Japanese culture you were expected to commit yourself to learning your craft. and what the line workers manufacturing steps were for this hardware. every day of our lives. Just do it. in his own mind. mat. one finds the courage. needed to understand. On the surface it seemed to be a lesser fixture on the auto. You will start to understand the benefit of “the kata” and how to follow and become I now know that. despite the hardships of life. The executive. Here.

Kiai with authority. the ball fields. and cultivate all things in nature. WA munity. in the grocery store. The first was the graceful beauty of its very powerful movements. and continues through the laundry room. I have trained in other martial arts before being introduced to aikido. -Morihei Ueshiba 5 . Spokane.NEWSLETTER September 2009 . Budo (the Martial Way) is not felling the opponent by our force. The shugyo is doing it again and again. You can get twenty hours of training in a few short days. protective. and the recital hall. and there is no understanding of the philosophy without the physical practice. so that with each accomplishment your en. keep the peace of the world. being careful not to damage anything or disturb anyone during weapons training and ukemi practice. and mental practice. correctly producing. In our dojo. our workmates. strangers we pass on the and a husband. this also means how we extend to the people we meet outside of the dojo. ter? In our dojo. Foster peace in your own life and then apply The Art to all that you encounter. edited by Susan Perry (continuation) follows a path that starts at the kitchen table helping my kids with their homework. the kitchen. The time you lose at the dojo. Reach out with the bokken. I can point to two aspects of aikido that immediately hooked me. In my training. Roshinkan.street. nor is it a tool to lead the world into destruction with arms. one of the four basic principles of aikido. The shugyo is the thirteen hours of driving to get to the seminar. (continued) -Morihei Ueshiba (Hanging in the hallway at Kiku Matsu dojo) Like many. It means training at home. and The samurai is the first to suffer anxiety for human society. The second was how the philosophy contained within those natural movements matched my own personal philosophy about life. spiritual. performing service to those who are in need. how we interact with Shugyo is figuring out a way to train. True Budo is to accept the spirit of the universe. even when this level of commitment only provides a few hours of training at the dojo per week.February 2010 What makes aikido different from other martial arts? Walking into an aikido dojo feels different than walking into a gym. Throw them far. What does this mean? Extend our energy out to our partner. and still be a father our families. the office. and the florist. This is due to a feeling of community—a spirit cultivating a cooperative. -Morihiro Saito. actively supporting. correctly produce. tire family can celebrate with you. Shugyo requires finding training opportunities in other places by being creative. -Morihei Ueshiba An Open Letter to Members of AWA: Aikido and Community Service How do we apply “The Art of Peace” to all that we encounby Landry Sensei. place to be. and cultivating those things that make our community a better and he is the last to seek personal pleasure. There is no grace in the powerful movements without an understanding of the philosophy. So began my study of aikido. or a training center for fighting arts. productive peace. It is this spirit that unites physical. you make up for at seminars. we practice by engaging with our comDojo Cho. Sandan. protecting. Extend ki. OʼSensei told me that I should practice with the view of being of service to others and the world. remembering OʼSensei. protect. a studio. often late at night in the parlor. It passes through the grocery store. I have come to the realization that the two qualities that brought me to aikido are inseparable.

Aikido is for the entire world. OʼSensei emphasized that the purpose of aikido training is not technical but spiritual. by teaching a cooking class to and feeding homeless teens at a shelter. edited by Susan Perry It is my intention that this letter generates a conversation on how we. but for all people everywhere.February 2010 (continuation) Part of our mission statement is “to develop new opportunities that expose people to the transformative spirit of aiki. OʼSensei said to people that they should connect their lifeʼs work and their lifeʼs purpose to their aikido. each student must identify a need in the With many bodies working. by landscaping the grounds of a house for veterans living in transition while undergoing treatment.” can better live up to our responsibilities as leaders in society.” My hope is that we. This study found that the same feel good section of the brain lights up when we give by volunteering as when we receive that chocolate truffle. by collecting and delivering fire wood to the elderly. correctly produce. They will then develop a plan to alleviate that need and implement the plan. to participate in volunteer and community related activities. by tutoring students that are struggling with school work. Better yet. and/or support others in a community outreach program of their choosing. we finished quickly and enjoyed lunch and each otherʼs company for the afternoon.NEWSLETTER September 2009 . The current requirements are shown below. Train not for selfish reasons. Stepping out by yourself to do good things in the community can be a difficult and scary task. as members of AWA. making the introduction to community work more inviting. We must reach out and extend our ki into the community in which we live. After attaining the rank of nidan and before testing for the rank of sandan. by making training accessible to those who are unable to afford the cost. In our dojo we make this easier by organizing and supporting group activities. can keep the true spirit of OʼSenseiʼs aikido alive. When I worked for a social service industry that relied heavily on volunteers. As you can see by the smiles. by helping our neighbors shovel the snow from record snowfall. each student must complete fifteen hours of community volunteer work. All documentation regarding proof of completion of the above requirements must be submitted to and approved by the dojo cho before testing will be recommended. each student will organize. and cultivate all things in nature. We do this by building a meditation garden for the people that live near our dojo.” We accomplish this by encouraging our students. protect. -Morihei Ueshiba Our physical practice of the art of aikido must go beyond the walls of our dojo if we are to grow in the spirit of aiki. We are also integrating a policy of community work with the test requirements for members of our dojo. as followers of “The Way. by bringing in the hay at the Mosconi farm. by manning the phones during the local public television stationʼs pledge drive. A great deal of hard work was being done on this hot day. tap the imagination and interests of dojo members. creating a community living in harmony. the participants of our aikido community. 6 . Want more ideas? http://www. we all had a good time. while making it our own. After attaining the rank of shodan and before testing for the rank of nidan. Imagine how you feel when some one gives you a heartfelt gift. -Seiseki Abe. How we might take our training in “The Art of Peace” to the streets to “keep the peace of the world. I ran across an interesting study that measured the brain activity of people that volunteered. I encourage members of AWA to consider implementing some form of community volunteer work initiative of their own. instruct.volunteermatch. Further proof of this phenomenon can be seen in the pictures accompanying this letter. remembering OʼSensei. Test Requirements of Roshinkan Dojo: After attaining the rank of second kyu and before testing for the rank of shodan.

now. It was my first long road trip. a few of us jokingly suggested that it might be fun to surprise him on the mat in Morgantown. I have learned to be centered and calm when making decisions.” I started training in February 1998 at Tenshinkan dojo in Chicago. that I have been on this journey. I think OʼSensei intended the journey on this path to be endless. we let the energy run its natural course and we blend with it. Shodan Caraguas Dojo. Puerto Rico It is not easy to define aikido because it differs from other martial arts. IL Hello. In aikido. Now. allowing us to make corrections. It was definitely a long drive. Could we survive the ten-hour drive in one car? Could we survive that same ten-hour drive on Sunday. Since Atlanta. could we keep a secret and not spoil the surprise? Well. “ki” energy and “do” the way or path. heck yeah! So. I havenʼt traveled for any seminars. I am always hungry to learn more. The more I practice. and we have been friends ever since. Sandan. I am looking forward to what aikido has in store for my future. That seminar will always hold a very special place in my heart since it is the anniversary for many of my “firsts” in aikido. the more I become fascinated with the art. I believe most students start aikido looking for the same thing. fellow seminar groupies! I hope you are all enjoying a great summer and getting a chance to have some fun in the sun. Technical Committee Member. West Virginia. It is a beautiful art. It is a way of bettering ourselves and our relationships with other people. as October 1998 approached. Road-trips will strain relationships. West Virginia. Anyone who has traveled a long distance trapped in a car with two or more of their close friends knows that it is definitely a situation that requires extending ki. Instead of blocking or hitting. Aikido may start on the mat. training. Kiku Matsu. It makes us less critical of other peopleʼs weaknesses. The more time you dedicate to it. after weʼd spent all weekend training? More importantly. I was looking to learn how to defend myself. huh? That seminar in Morgantown is very special to me for another reason. As aikidoka. I quickly discovered my passion for training and started down the path of becoming an aikido junkie. while teaching us how hard it is to improve. 7 . I made some great friends early on in my training and when the announcement appeared on the schedule of Sato Senseiʼs first seminar in Morgantown. “ai” means harmony. (continued) Shodan Essay: What Is Aikido? by Rodriguez Sensei. our goal is to harmonize with the energy of an attack directed toward us.February 2010 On the Road: July 2009 by DeGraff Sensei. I met Noble Sensei at this seminar. As the days passed by. Chicago. I chose aikido because it was interesting to me that one could throw attackers with their own energy. two of my friends and I quietly made our plans to head out Friday morning and be on the mat when Sensei showed up at the dojo in Morgantown. It is almost five years. but it goes beyond. we actually began thinking that maybe it wouldnʼt be such a crazy idea. is one of the most remarkable and amazing things that come out of traveling for seminars—friendships. This. Aikidoka are always looking to find a peaceful solution to any kind of conflict. They require focus. the more you will get from it. I have never practiced another martial art. It can be applied to everything we do in our lives. Sounds a little like being on the mat. Aikido has helped me improve my everyday life and will continue to do so. It ʼs been over two months now since Spring Camp in Atlanta (my last trip “abroad”) and all my travels from the first half of 2009 seem to have become distant memories. It can help us see our faults. compassion. to me. but the thrill of my first “away” seminar and the anticipation of catching Sensei offguard was enough to keep the trip interesting. Returning to Morgantown will be a welcome experience and will conjure up fond memories of my very first seminar “on the road. and Iʼm chomping at the bit as I count down the days until I head off for Morgantown. Caraguas.NEWSLETTER September 2009 . What I have received is more than I expected and more important than what I came to it for. Aikido has given me great friends and a bigger family. understanding and relaxation to endure a long trip in close quarters with a group of people.

most kind people I have ever met. The end of the weekend comes for every seminar. hard wor k . eating. the AWA is a very close-knit group. It was for these reasons that I was thrilled when Robinson Sensei announced that Aikido of Morgantown would be hosting our first seminar in July this year.AWA is that. In addition to the normal tasks of cleaning. Iʼm really hoping the Dairy Queen in Morgantown is still in business! West Virginia Seminar Review by Kelly Street. It was a great experience to see many members come together to spruce things up. Sure. we have many vide much of the foundation that members who travel regularly. painting. our friendship will endure. it was evident that there was much work that needed to be done.February 2010 (continuation) Since that first seminar. I have become a full-fledged seminar junkie. and decorating. 6th kyu) worked endlessly to ensure we had a constant supply of cold bottled water and snacks. My schedule revolves around the yearly AWA seminar schedule. but the main thing is seeing friends. Dan and John Caldwell (father and son. of this dedication and commitment and yes. The positive energy. and we leave knowing that. the new ladies dressing room needed much work. they have held a special place in my heart. crying. Because holds the organization together. Every seminar increases my aikido “family” and strengthens ties that Iʼve already made. and our home dojo. Perhaps one of the most impressive additions to our dojo was our new shomen. just between you and me. The strong bonds that we develop with each other through our regular attendance at seminars provide much of the foundation that holds the organization together. we were able to borrow additional mats from White Eagle in Morgantown.small organization. traveling. and constructed by Stacey Waugh (shodan) and Isaac Gibson.NEWSLETTER September 2009 . Through my travels to Yudanshakai and Kangeiko. designed. (continued) 8 . no matter when we may see each other again. where we have the group dinner or the awesome Ritaʼs Water Ice in Philly. laughing. sometimes insanity. It was funded. and simply being there for each other. I could barely wait to welcome Sato Sensei and my fellow aikidoka to Morgantown. Fortunately. Greg Cutlip (shodan) and James Trimmier (1st kyu) constructed and painted the divider for the new ladies dressing room. Every single seminar that I go to is a chance to see old friends and make new ones. In preparation for approximately fifty attendees. Isaac Gibson (3rd kyu) donated the shoe rack and Mark Favalaro (1st kyu) donated the new weapons rack. I always remember the nearest Starbuckʼs. WV Since att ending my first seminar in April 2008. 4th kyu Aikido of Morgantown. even though we are a lar attendance at seminars pro. The strong bonds that we develop One of the unique things about the with each other through our regu. we also needed to find a way to increase the area of mat space. West Virginia. In the months leading up to the seminar. We build these bonds of friendship through training. I have had the opportunity to train and develop friendships with some of the greatest. la u g ht er and camaraderie are just a few of the things that keep me coming back for more. It ʼs always the highlight of the weekend. Although. both members of Aikido of Morgantown.

allowing uke to imagine success in the effort of attack. one of my favorite parts was seeing our newer members experiencing and enjoying their first seminar. The final outcome is the result of imagination. our true role. as nage. Many thanks go out to the Robinsons and Genevieve Larimer (Isaac Gibsonʼs girlfriend) for their gracious hospitality and for preparing such a delicious meal for the incredibly hungry and tired aikidoka. In reality. Brooklyn. first creates an opportunity for uke. Not only did the seminar bring many people together to practice the martial art we all love. Nage then has a responsibility of safety. For me. Personally.NEWSLETTER September 2009 . This core knowledge. It was great to see that many of them were able to participate. Now that the seminar has come and gone. at this level of training. Yudanshakai is on the horizon. in our daily lives. and the ability of nage to adapt and create a set of conditions that leads to their own determined goal. The group dinner was held at the home of Sensei Robinson and his wife. We thank those who were able to attend for helping make the seminar a great success. as well as return them following the seminar. in an initial effort to invite and lead an attack. Achieving dan rank provides the basic tools needed for using the principles of aikido with assertion and general confidence. it is clear to see that the energy of another person can be guided and manipulated. I hope to see you at a seminar in the near future. it also brought our members together as a group. Nidan Jikishinkan. Assuming that the “toolbox” of knowledge is being utilized. (continued) (continuation) Many of our members donated their time to pick up and lay down the extra mats. If you were one of the privileged folks able to attend. both past and present. guiding the attacker through a successive series of movements that will culminate into a neutralized condition. NY Many of my instructors. See you on the mat! 9 . the members of White Eagle were invited to attend the seminar. I hope you had as much fun as I did! If you were unable to make it. is also to be used off the mat. experience. This invitation is the first step of the process. In exchange for the use of their mats. have reminded students through different words that having a black belt is like having a trusty utility belt. It was a reminder of the process and conditions in which the neutralization of an attack evolves. I donʼt have to tell you that it was nothing short of spectacular. A recent class with Stewart Johnson Sensei struck a chord with me. I am very pleased to say that the seminar went off without a hitch. this invitation is simply creating a situation where uke is led into an exercise of adaptive blending. As the process unfolds. both mentally and physically. is of self-appointed leadership and guidance of uke. Beverly. Nage. thanks to the contributions and hard work of each member of our dojo.February 2010 Aikido at Work in Everyday Life by Adam Krent.

The theory is very sound and logical and completely feasible. while. With thirty designers and hundreds of projects happening simultaneously. aspects of my life—work. week. So many of my experiences over the past thirty years are tied to this art. is relationships. The final outcome of any situation is deter. I also use aikido at work in how I handle what our department calls “Design Triage. Naturally. Extend Ki.February 2010 Using Aikido and the Dojo to Temper the Impact of the Outside World by Dorfman Sensei. Broomall. life and the related lessons it brings are not always is life in general. family. All of the smaller actions and responses come together to unify the direction of the ship. this creates a situation that requires management with full perspective on all business opportunities and needs. A captainʼs personal experience in nautical navigation allows him to make decisions like predicting wind.NEWSLETTER September 2009 . now—movement. I apply this through guidance. work. and month. bow. Another aikido class has concluded. in most life into my aikido and vice versa. nor nately. Being in a position of leadership requires skillful and artful management.” This process closely resembles a randori scenario. and enlightening session of the martial art that has become part of my life. UnfortuSelf-defense in not an exercise in passive engagement. When my life is like a situations. You al down time. and weather changes. including the people I have come to know and befriend. understanding the physics of things. It is all so natural. I have come to realize that I use this process every day. resolving a difficult business situation or having engaging relationships with friends and family should leave us with a feeling of positive ki. personthat you cannot necessarily change your environment. it merely takes conthoughtful manner. into our regular work stream. and can include the involvement of multiple people. energizing. Iʼd like to blend all aspects of my can. PA I enter the dojo. put on my dogi. I am charged with getting the best out of my design teams. refreshing. at the same time actively mentoring the staff so that they learn more and can apply that institutional knowledge to projects in the future. Yondan. New projects need to go on and off plates. (continuation) In my professional role as a Senior Product Design Director. If all of these methods can be applied to the dojo. teaching and sharing the knowledge with others. Disruptions in crew status and equipment condition also need to be factored in to make the best decisions. infusing compassion and empathy can help allow smoother transitions and interactions for each and every successive experience. Technical Committee Member. It is like steering an old ship with a large crew. Over the years I have written and read articles on these and other subjects and how they apply to daily life outside the dojo. then we can aspire to a level of balance and happiness that OʼSensei presented and shared with all of us. relaxation. professional associations. Keep One Point. leading towards a master design plan to create new and innovative products with the best quality possible. projects with wildly condensed timelines are infused. Banshinkan. The four basic principles also make sense—Keep Weight Underside. Certainly. and step onto the mat for another invigorating. 10 . sistent time and practice. greet all my fellow students. other social networks and which can be applied to both business and everyday life. Many times. As in any great randori. and family life. by being proactive and involving yourself in a calm body of water with small breezes. I change back into street clothes and head out into the world that fills the other Something very important that I have learned from aikido. Relax Completely. while considering projects already in progress that have promised deadlines. and a moderate amount of effort to achieve harmony each day. manipulate what it throws your way. It should give us a sense of being one with the universe. however. unexpectedly. Dojo Cho. This is known as living in the moment. techniques.that kind. (continued) mined by many factors. water.

I pick up a newspaper. I find I keep no particular point at all. I find that bringing aikido into my daily life is quite challenging. turn on the news. compassion. one to an aneurysm. My rehave adjusted my focus. given the lessons learned. With the unwavering support of my do you do that again? Life seems to have become a chaotic randori full of uncooperative ukes. and deal with them as each situation presthose with whom I share a special ents itself. for fear of being perceived as having free time and not being critical to the organization. to practice outside the dojo. Iʼll bring in a manner that has left most people the outside world into the dojo quite nervous about their future.February 2010 (continuation) When I lost each of my parents over a four-and-a-half year period. done trollable circumstances. and the other to cancer.NEWSLETTER September 2009 . bond. Many times I faltered. tolerance. These life events slowly blended into my ongoing life. housing. my ability to persevere. focus. which never had the courtesy to wait for me to get my Weight Underside back. Iʼd like to think that. unemployment increases. similar to someone skilled at jyu waza or randori. I muddled through the period. and not necessarily stronger. I have planned out most of the scenarios I The one constant through all this might confront and am prepared to has been aikido. One Point. was heart wrenching. and there will be budget cuts for the next one or two years. the dojo. depending on the circumstances. We gather fairly regularly with friends just to catch up. I Keep ality is likely something many others are also experiencing. together with distractions I created. where and my employer there are so many unknown. patience—these all suddenly become great challenges in themselves and an ongoing endeavor. read the web and am consistently and continually overwhelmed with news about our unprecedented recession. and control. and the other slowly suffering over eighteen months. consistency. Some time has since passed and I never forget. unconhas initiated a number of layoffs. not unscathed. We just where there exists a sense of calm. but that assumes I have anticipated all the possibilities. all with no immediate end in sight. aiki. There is a rather melancholy mood hanging in the air as they all seem to have been experiencing similar things. experiencing. suddenly passed. The circumstances certainly numbed me for a long period of time. balance. Relax Completely. but it seems to be a different point at different The retirement account is nearly forty If aikido and its principles are hard percent lower than it was two years ago. I like to think that my training helps me to deal with most of what life throws at me. but rather The reasons for this are not hard for me to identify.. Many times. I did my best to bury this from those around me. That seems to have always As I reflect on the been a beacon and something past two years and the current state I am that has rarely disappointed me. Harmony. learned that there peace. times. being somewhat in a void or empty space. A majority of my fellow workers now skip lunch and let their vacation days lapse. How terribly rude of life! Doesnʼt it know it ʼs supposed to cooperate and blend? Taking aikido (continued) 11 . continuing economic problems.. The pain and anguish of caring for each of them as they. in one case. and keep my balance was seriously tested. will be no salary increases. financial. but “Keep Feelings Inside” was not one of the aikido principles. credit market crises.

as aikidoka. I aim to attain the same level of centered concenter. but I push forward to ensure that things do not worsen. economy. IL football. as a metaphor for living rather than a concrete series bat. 12 . buses. Perhaps we donʼt do battle with large men in masks storm.) However. however. circumstances. rhymes elements of techniques crucial to the art. I think the key for me is utilizing the dojo as a think we all aspire to be Akiras. Maybe that is the place to best heal as the storm appreciation of aikido? Of course not. Maybe things wonʼt get better anytime soon. as potentially of new programming technology that I couldnʼt possibly perceived as anachronistic or antiquated. we have all consciously much time playing a particular arcade game in the student elected to dedicate at least part of our busy lives to someunion: the original “Virtual Fighter. crack him with some sort of arm bar If aikido and its principles are hard to practice outside the (what I now know as irimi). life the ninja. we practice techniques or ticular. the dojo. I often imagine myself not on the mat at could play as a all but rather in the world.February 2010 (continued) outside the dojo is a very sound theory but. We do our best to keep up with the Jones (and the by Brian Shipkin. Akira messed people up and looked cool doing it. a dread. seemingly insignificant situations one game. demonstrating forgiveness and mercy to those who have aimed to wrong us. I continue to struggle with all that is happening around me and attempt to figure out how aikido can help my retirement portfolio. noises and signage. Yet. all clamoring for my Lee-type charac. and those with whom I share a special bond. 3rd Kyu J-Los). with its economy in the toilet and prices esThe Cucumbery Cool of Your Average Aikidoka calating. six thousand channels of satellite television. fantasy Kiku Matsu. peace. we are all aware that aikido is learned and practiced with the specific intention of not doing harm. it is a way of life. I blows over. at least I donʼt. In the dojo. But. and all the other middling and horrifying ephemIn my college days. weʼre all cucumber cool. Sitting on the mat. Chicago. every single day. the So. He also dojo. sometimes. one to begin class. most creates a challenging reality and even aikido is unable to lethal and most difficult character to embody. where there are so many unknown. We redirect our attackerʼs misguided aggression. locked Brazilian boxer type.NEWSLETTER September 2009 . It may sound trite to say..In a way. you Akiras. femme fatale. was Akira. the play of this one. place of rejuvenation as I prepare to venture out into the observant and centered. on the street.simply cannot be generated.attention. The one constant through all this has been aikido. on-one fighter game purported to be more realistic and true to martial arts than other. this country is experiencing an uncertain social and political climate. a corn-fed tration and calm I can sometimes achieve within the dojo. and drain half his life. grabs and locks.”) of steps. amid throngs of standard Bruce. as richly difficult and taxing. That seems to have always been a beacon and something that has rarely disappointed me. waiting In any event.” Based on some sort thing as austere. and American flag speedos (well.” but perhaps truer words type.however. American profes. He would hang back and wait.people..go on with your bad selves. heʼd slide into his opponent. with “Bortal Rom. in par. turns. The coolest. But in the world of mindless video games. as practitioners of the wonderful and gentle art of aikido. and Does this game have any bearing on our understanding or control. my two best friends and I spent too era that claim our attention. etc.of our daily lives. His art? You got it: aikido. aikido is most productive when engaged or refairs (the name of flected upon in the minute. If you timed it just right and hit the buttons and moved the joystick in the correct configuration. waiting to act only if acutely required. “Aikido is more than sional wrestler a martial art. uncontrollable featured a wicked sokumen.beautiful as aikido. we apply what we practice to how we live our lives. consistency. Iʼll bring the outside world into the dojo where there exists a sense of calm. work environment.outside of it. and as ultimately understand with my puny human brain. Sure. bring the balance and focus that is so critical to stability. Outside the dojo. you! Iʼm in awe of you all. more cartoonishly violent af. and relationship with my boss who is also quite stressed.

NC “How many weapons do you think I have on me right now?” John Lothes asks a classroom full of thirty male UNC Wilmington students. teaching the men to know what to watch out for. UNC-W CARE Coordinator for Menʼs Programs Gishinkan. The student response to the presentation was overwhelmingly positive. An emphasis was placed on walking away from potentially violent situations. founder & faculty advisor to the UNC-W aikido club. They make a few guesses and then John proceeds to pull out and demo guns and knives from all manner of places on his person. John Lothes (Shodan. menʼs health. and founder/ instructor of Tactical Law Enforcement trainings). it seems young men have the attitude that they can handle themselves in violent engagements.NEWSLETTER September 2009 . it is difficult for them to want to fight us. the presenters then segued into a discussion on the principles of aikido. Often. 13 . the male audience was presented with an alternate solution to conflict—try to see things from your opponent ʼs point of view and then use the power of your voice and language to resolve the situation. Kure Beach Aikido. male leadership roles. and explorations of American masculinity. “Verbal aikido is blending with our attacker and empathizing with his point of view. it was obvious that they had underestimated the scope of hazards they may encounter on a routine party night downtown. along with Price Sensei (Godan. Drawing from his psychology education and work as a bouncer in downtown Wilmington. Many of the students present commented that they had never realized how many different ways there were for a person to hide a weapon in their clothing. UNC-W psychology professor.February 2010 An Education in Avoiding Violence by Adam Tate. The students are attending an event called the UNC-W Menʼs Leadership Summit. Kure Beach Aikido Dojo Cho. An overview was then given of the types of concealed or makeshift weapons that Price Sensei had encountered through his police work. After the initial cautionary address on what to watch out for. AWA Technical Committee Member. licensed clinical psychologist. an annual Saturday program for male student leaders on the UNC-W campus. with many students listing John Lothes and Price Senseiʼs presentation as their favorite part of the dayʼs events. not through violent action. police officer. is presenting a program on how to recognize potentially violent situations and either avoid them or defuse them through nonviolent means. demonstrating how real confidence is shown through selfcontrol. Kure Beach. and how to use “verbal aikido” to neutralize situations where there is a threat of physical hostility. The event is designed to engage men on issues of interpersonal violence. 5th kyu. by the reactions of the men in the room to the number of places John was able to stash potentially deadly weapons.” John Lothes says. “When we blend with someone. The beginning of the program focused on raising the studentsʼ awareness of the types of dangers they may encounter around the Wilmington area. how to use these principles to be aware of oneʼs surroundings. John Lothes provided tips for recognizing aggressive postures and behaviors in others.” Rather than meeting aggression with aggression. and part-time bouncer). However.

different outlook on life.NEWSLETTER September 2009 . and from the first instant that I saw the simplicity and power the trees. This is more As a woman. However. Kure Beach. 14 . the extent of my knowledge about these things consisted of a few episodes of Law and Order: SVU. but with an underI mean. As I walk down the street my ears it.and my mind. The “damsel in distress” atsearch for every little noise: the distant jackhammer on the titude is long gone—a story bred in fairy tales that should sidewalk. Aikido has brought me a heightened awareness to different aspects of my life and a newly As I carry myself through life. it encompasses a totally that which any physical training could achieve. More surprised than anything. the posture of a stranger in the streets. 2nd kyu Gishinkan. and the next thing I knew I felt something hit my shoulder and knock me to the pavement. the way I handle verbal confrontations. and aikido and I perceive the minute movements of the wind blowing has given me the power to do just that. factor out of a situation and to even the playing field in a confrontation is one of the most empowering skills I have Surprise in itself is one of the most dangerous weapons ever known. As I stood and shouted at the person that had hit me. I sat stunned for a couple seconds.February 2010 A Womanʼs View of Aikido: The Power to Empower by Laura Hiles. Sexual assault. combat it. the bulge behind the art. and unhas imparted to my life. the not infect our reality. they glistened with blood that was dripping from a three inch clean gash that police said was most likely caused by a knife or razorblade. the crunch of a rubber sole on the pavement. I heard a bike coming up behind me. carrying some vegetables I just purchased. I had never heard of aikido. A stu. and build an enhanced sense of awareness. Rape. It is hard to explain what with a reckless sense of fearlessness. NC Violence. but try to imagine a fine-tuning and amplification standing of the danger that lies in wait and how to avoid of your basic senses. As I was walking down the streets near campus one day. I got a sharp dose of reality. It was there that I first met Price Sensei and other members of the Kure Beach Aikido Dojo. a dark scar remains on my left arm as a constant reminder that this world is not perfectly safe. world to be afraid to seize it. My eyes absorb my surroundings. and if need be. When I transferred to UNC Wilmington. There is too much opportunity in the slamming of a car door. When I pulled my fingers away. and since I began I the way I portray myself to others. Awareness is the greatest counter-attack you can launch against this weapon. But having the basic ability to protect myself in a person can wield. derstanding this awareness has empowered me far beyond Aikido is not simply a martial art. I moved to the side slightly to let the bike pass. Being a woman in todayʼs world can be a frightening experience. The ability to strip this ever give me. That is something I did not fully realize while growing up. I felt a stabbing pain in my arm and my hand instinctively flew to my shoulder. not that I never knew was missing. of a potential weapon in someoneʼs pocket. danger and all. I knew I was hooked. I have replaced much have found a newly awakened consciousness to the world of the insecurity that surrounded my view of the world. and it can instill panic and helplessa physical fight barely scratches the surface of what aikido ness when it is used in an attack. I have found confidence that shows itself in dent of aikido is challenged throughout their training to the way I walk. when I first went to college in Hawaii. I believe the scariest encounter is one in empowering than any degree of physical defense could which brute strength is exploited. Today. centered in both my body awakened sense of myself and what surrounds me. Domestic violence. I happened to see a sign for a self-defense seminar and wanted to attend.

It does not play well the most frequent stoin court when a suspect comes in with a facial injury. Godan. tactical sense. Aikido allows the officer to control a situation with. which makes it easy to take them to the ground and into a control hold. I frequently get stories it. 15 .” Aikido technique is also effective used on feet and legs as well. the street techniques be. late it. when you make that initial move. it should be explosive and unexpected to get the startle factor. You go directly to Absolutely.into a fight.feet and legs. light. That ʼs the moment of transition I call “the wow factor. to aikido? movement once or twice. Before that. practical use. it sometimes understand how the enseems cooperative and choreographed. What would you say ergy works. I began training in 1967 in a style of striking art called Seishinkai karate. It makes good regardless of physical size or gender. I found a home when I began aikido since its foundation comes from jujitsu. To get the startle factor. I thought aikido was perfect for long-term training. Ai.” The suspect ʼs center is high and unbalanced. NC Interviewed by Alison Lincoln Price Sensei. What from officers about using an escort on a scene and jury to the suspect or the officer. Gishinkan. We donʼt get the big starA law enforcement officer carries a lot of extra weight in tle factor in training.NEWSLETTER September 2009 . as a kyu rank. The second officer on the scene can is the practical aspect of this? come in and pin the In the dojo.students has used aikido successfully in the real world? come more linear. I needed to do something a little more sensible. end conflict and can escalate get the subject into a controlled position. This means that instead of doing some of the Have you come across instances where you or one of your flowing. law enforcement and aikido? We canʼt mirror this in the dojo. Kure Beach. or control a situation without inwould you say is the benefit of aikido to a police officer? using pins when comStriking techniques usually donʼt end conflict and can esca. On the street.arms and wrists can be cal. ite technique with fifteen to twenty pounds of gear around your waist. a standard used in most lot of the pins we do on court proceedings. Imagine doing your favor. Aikido technique is a lower level of force of arm and leg pins. empty hands. and for law enforcement training. Once youʼve seen the With the striking arts. the pin and hopefully you donʼt have to do anything else to pinned many suspects in an arrest situation. Probably out injury to the suspect or the officer.February 2010 Interview of Price Sensei Technical Committee Member. The training consisted of an hour of karate and an hour of jujitsu. Dojo Cho. bruise ries are about the use or laceration. We practice one of playing tug-of-war (continued) movement over and over again. instead kidoka know what ʼs going to happen next. when did you start aikido? I started aikido in January of 1986. I found I didnʼt heal as well as I used to. A on the Use of Force Continuum.between uke and nage. there is cooperation between uke and nage. What attracted you most. if you To someone viewing aikido for the first time. I really enjoyed the jujitsu part of the art. It falls in the category we term “physi. Aikido allows the officer to Many officers have training in different martial arts. How do you merge the two. circular dojo techniques. technique also I have Striking techniques usually donʼt becomes very explosive and to the point. you can counter any technique we do. That ʼs why we must have cooperation the form of equipment and gear.

I knew him as an absolutely great technician. all over the Unites States. how can you control a chaotic situation? space at the Kure Beach Community Center. themselves. “Law organization. we have opened two additional locations. and I went to Japan with him. You have pets off the floors. He attracted people like a magnet. We showing that you have moved our UNC-W program into a martial arts facility so little bit of the sword.In July. ed to get the startle factor.local town hall. ficers who have been I would train with him when traveling to Chicago for semithrough my previous nars. He was a funny guy! We were very close. When Toyoda Sensei passed away and I found out that the orgatwo blocks through the state community college system. That ʼs my fondest memory. Can you tell me your first impressions of Toyoda Sensei? Toyoda Sensei was larger than life. Toyoda Sensei never turned anyone down to come and train from any art. Youʼre Since then. I had a few police officers. but you donʼt necessarily self.” sei. “You guys got to learn how to be calm.” I still think we are in good hands. it should successfully on the street. a converted For me. I told my dojo. I never really under. Classes were for anyone from the general stood what proper breathing and relaxing completely was public that wanted to train.” That means offi. Because of of fi cers usOn the street. personally. nization was going to be under the direction of Sato SenHow would you say the key principle. 16 . Thatʼs how we started! like showing a little bit ation calmly is like showing a of the sword. Iʼm always happy to see people from other organizations training with us. night after night.any situation calmly is we could purchase our own. enforcement is 90% boredom and 10% panic. He had a wonderful sense of humor. “Whatʼs going on here. He had an open nature. the town administration said. When we started pulling the carcers are down. but you we can invite the general public to train with us. and a until I went to my first “10-33 emergency.I never knew him well. before joining the AWA. why is the officer so calm?” This is very hard to teach.NEWSLETTER September 2009 . Kure Beach Aikido celebrated its 13th anniversary ciples of aikido and one of the most difficult to teach.asked to develop an advanced class for of. young officer. but all of a About your dojo—when did you start Kure Beach Aikido? sudden it goes from boredom to a sense of chaos without warning. I traveled with him extensively. “Relax Completely. We rented some worn-out mats until For me. that initial move.” You drive around the same locations. It ʼs nice that people want to come experience our open-door policy. Youʼre the sword. to approach any situ. We welcome people in. (continued) donʼt necessarily have showing that you have the to use it to defend yoursword. when you make ing aikido technique He had a sense of openness. Youʼre taking the suspect into custody by dividing and conquering. especially to a new.few lifeguards as students. During seminars.February 2010 I think that openness has carried over to the AWA. “Weʼre in good hands. It with a beach party! We originally started off training in our takes street experience and practice. If youʼre not calm and canʼt need to find somewhere else to train!” The town donated control yourself. and the scene is complete chaos. There is not a more important decision helps execute effective technique in the real world? Toyoda Sensei would have made than the legacy of his Police work can be very scary! There is a saying. (continuation) with the suspect and the other police officer. “Relax Completely” is one of the four basic prin. The suspect is not expecting it and youʼre able to watch each otherʼs back. That sense of calmness makes people ask have to use it to defend yourself. I have been What is your past experience with Sato Sensei? be explosive and unexpect. to approach fire and police station.

the art of traditional Japanese swordsmanship. He also extensively studied kenjutsu. Toyoda Sensei part of that young talnever turned anyone down to ent. friendly students. (continued) to be a teacher. a neo-shinto movement. Alison! I also want to grow the Aikido Tactical Law He had a sense of openness. We learn from one another. I start them on that path from white belt on. 17 . His spiritual beliefs primarily came from Omotokyo. but also studied Tenjin Shinʼyo-ryu and judo. As such. IL Aikido is a relatively new art. There was also a movement away from atemi and striking. What do you look to contribute to the AWA. Morihei Ueshiba had primarily studied Daito-ryu aiki-jujutsu. It was a blend of both his physical. Initially. Weʼve got a lot of young talent here. I consider you door policy. young talent here. martial training and his spiritual beliefs. Enforcement Program through the AWA. I look for Itʼs nice that people want to the AWA to be a viable organization.NEWSLETTER September 2009 . its origin and initial paths of development are well known and easy to trace. but had been training and developing his martial art for years before then. as a member of the Technical Committee? I support Sato Sensei in his effort to provide extensive. That ʼs exciting for me because Iʼm not getting any younger and would like to pass some of this along. One of my pet-peeves in martial arts is what I call. a blue belt understands the new student coming in. Sometimes they can do that one little thing that can turn One thing I emphasize in my the light bulb on for the new student. You have great. I want them doing intro lessons for new people coming in. quality training. What about your dojo is most attractive? I like to think it ʼs our sense of openness. Chad Lanier and John Lothes are in charge of these two satellite programs. “black belt arrogance. over many years. Teaching is a shared experience.” I donʼt like it! I want my black belts to share what they have to offer in an open and friendly manner. We now have people within our organization that can take my program and go into other parts on the United States to teach it. By the time theyʼre a blue belt. Ueshiba first began to use the term in 1942. but would become more circular and flowing as he grew older. which helped define the distinctive character of aikido. Nidan Essay: Aikido: History and Future by Ben Zarit. One thing I emphasize in my dojo is that I want every student to be a teacher. To me. come and train from any art. We have come experience our opensome terrific. they must help someone else to grow. Nidan Kiku Matsu. Morihei Ueshiba developed aikido continuously throughout his life. Some dojo is that I want every student of us old-timers take things for granted.February 2010 In order for students to grow. That ʼs pretty much the philosophy we have at Kure Beach Aikido/Gishinkan Dojo. I start them on that path from white belt on. I am starting to train trainers. his aikido was more linear. Aikido was created gradually. Chicago. I want to help others learn and develop their skills. which were characteristics of his earlier aikido. Long after Sato Sensei and I are gone. by Morihei Ueshiba (1883–1969). (continuation) The other program is at Porterʼs Neck fire station.

He was a prisoner of the Russians after World War II while in China. given Shioda Gozaʼs time spent teaching law enforcement officers and army units. Minoru Mochizuki.1921–c. His style also has an emphasis on fundamentals and a logical structure that came from his study of judo.February 2010 (continuation) Kokyunage throws became more prominent over the more jujutsu derived joint-locking techniques. He employed a mixture of kata and randori to both support and develop the other. being both sickly as a child and (continued) establishing his own schools in Manchuria. during World War II. jojutsu and kempo before founding Yoseikan Aikido in 1931. China in the 1930s. who founded Ki no Kenkyukai. iaido. Like many of the other students of Morihei Ueshiba. Like Tomiki Kenji.1956–1969). Minoru Mochizuki (1907–2003) studied a large number of other martial arts.1935). jujitsu. Tensin Shoden Katori Shinto-ryu. who founded Yoshinkan Aikido. but also when they trained with Morihei Ueshiba. Moriteru Ueshiba (1951–present).NEWSLETTER September 2009 . rather than learning a large number of techniques. the second. post-war generation (c. Koichi Tohei (1920–present). who founded Tomiki-ryu aikido. Kisshomura Ueshiba (1921–1999). studied judo and served in the Japanese army Tomiki Kenji (1900–1979) was originally a judo student. His aikido included more judo techniques. Like many of his contemporaries. There was an emphasis on perfecting a limited number of techniques. he was a student before studying aikido. Morihei Ueshibaʼs aikido changed enough over the course of his life that his students are sometimes divided into four generations: The first. His style was influenced by his diverse background. Shioda Goza emphasized correct form. is that Tomiki-ryu is the only style of aikido that has official competitions. His students were shaped. Shioda Goza (1915–1994) founded Yoshinkan Aikido in 1955. he served in the Japanese army during World War II. Shioda Goza. war generation (c. However. kata than other branches. he suffered from health who studied with Morihei Ueshiba in the 1920s before problems. karate. kobudo. and the fourth and last generation (c. who founded Yoseikan Aikido and Tohei Koichi.1955). Many of Morihei Ueshibaʼs students branched out on their own. including judo. His style was a synthesis between judo and aikido. and was stationed in China.1945–c. rather than the more flowing nature of Morihei Ueshibaʼs later aikido. Four of Morihei Ueshibaʼs prominent students were Tomiki Kenji. Yoshinkan Aikido also has had a stronger focus on self-defense. and then to his grandson. not only by their own life experiences and the other martial arts they trained in. pre-war generation (c. kendo. the third. Mainline aikido continued first through Morihei Ueshibaʼs son.1936–c.1945). founder of the Ki no Kenkyukai (Ki Society). ground fighting and karate 18 . The one major difference between Tomiki-ryu aikido and the rest of aikido.

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