Ever since I started my first dojo in 1992, in the middle of January, we observe the Japanese tradition of New Year Celebration, known as Kagami Biraki. We make fresh Kagami Mochi (pounded sweet rice cakes) just prior to the end of the year. A special offering is made on the Kamiza (dojo shinto shrine)…Read more Kagami Biraki
It is not enough to merely watch and then regurgitate Aikido techniques in terms of how we practice. We say in Budo you have to steal your techniques from your teacher or other senior instructors. You can not spoon feed Aikido or any real Budo to students, it just doesn't work and ultimately you just…Read more Learning to Steal Aikido!
Mitsunari Kanai Sensei (1939-2004) Portrait: Lyn Flitton As March comes around every year I start to think about Kanai Sensei and his passing now almost 13 years ago. I was never a direct student of Sensei's in terms of my day to day practice, but he always treated me as such, which meant a lot…Read more The Techniques of Mitsunari Kanai Shihan