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O Sensei’s Rules of Practice

O Sensei’s Rules of Practice

O-Sensei’s rules of practice, which have been posted at Hombu Dojo for many years, have been translated several times and in slightly different ways. This version originally appeared in the Second Doshu’s book Aikido, published in 1974, which was one of the first books on Aikido translated into English.   1) One blow in Aikido…

The Art of Recovery by T. K. Chiba

The Art of Recovery by T. K. Chiba

The Art of Recovery By T.K. Chiba The important question of injury prevention must be addressed within the precise study of ukemi in everyday training. The art of ukemi is in a broad sense the art of recovery from crisis, or, more specifically, the development of power and skill to recover from situations of disequilibrium…

Discovering the Body by T.K. Chiba, 8th dan

Discovering the Body by T.K. Chiba, 8th dan

Anyone who thinks that putting more hours into training will necessarily result in greater achievement in Aikido, is thinking like a child. Fundamentally, this materialistic attitude does not lead anywhere but to an insoluble problem. No matter how many hours of training we accumulate, we cannot avoid moving, day by day, closer to the grave….

Aikidoists Beware By T.K. Chiba

Aikidoists Beware By T.K. Chiba

The martial art (budo) is truly a frightening thing. Although I do not know about the attitudes among the majority of people (especially Aikido-related people), it is necessary to know that the martial art is back-to-back with death. However, the potential death is in an inevitable balance of tension with the instinctive desire to survive….

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