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May 3, 2020

How is your routine lately? Do you even remember what it felt like to just be humming along within its comforting embrace?

A routine, in “normal” times, is that daily rhythm that gets us from one significant time and place to the next. There is a certain comfort to it,...

April 17, 2020

What is training really about? Often we think of the physical techniques, and the day to day practice that goes along with polishing those forms, but in reflecting upon my own journey, and having witnessed the journey of many others, I can tell you that there is usuall...

April 12, 2020

I think it’s interesting how quickly the whole of society is beginning to raise their awareness of space and distance. Those who practice traditional martial arts will of course recognize this concept as “ma-ai.” This refers to the distance of engagement that is set be...

April 5, 2020

A few thoughts regarding how to practice on our own during the Covid-19 crisis. 

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Please stay strong, stay safe, and stay well. We'll see you back on the mat very soon!

March 30, 2020

From time to time I talk to my students about my late teacher, the Rev. Kensho Furuya Sensei. We maintained a long-distance relationship, corresponding daily (along with others in his group) for years. Over that time, he had an immeasurable influence on my training as...

March 28, 2020

Many of the great hero myths and stories of the warriors of old include some period of isolation. Many are gifted from the beginning with great strength or skill, but often because they are also reckless and brash, they come upon some test that they ultimately fail. Th...

February 8, 2018

When I was a child, any sort of space mission was always an event. If a new shuttle was about to be launched, the whole country stood still and watched in awe as the moment unfolded. Most of us still think back to the Apollo moon landing as the defining moment in space...

January 25, 2018

When it comes to being a senior student, or “senpai,” there are many responsibilities that come with the territory. A senpai is expected to be strong and substantive in their practice; they must embody a sincerity in training that juniors come to know and respect. But...

January 16, 2018

This post is about raising up students with the necessary technical and human skills to take over and help the art of Aikido flourish

August 18, 2017

Pictured here is the most recognizable metaphor of the 21st century for “making a choice.” Each day we are presented with options that will take our lives in this direction or that. Though not every choice will decide the fate of all humanity, many of them will have a...

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