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  • Western Aikido Association Aikido Seminar
    Western Aikido Association – Gasshuku Saturday & Sunday
    The Western Aikido Association will have its Fall Seminar this coming Saturday and Sunday at the dojo at Sofia University. Robert Frager, 7th dan, head of the WAA along with Jack Wada, 7th dan, Bob Noha, 6th dan, Steve Gengo, 6th dan, Scott Berg,...
  • The Way: Feature Film Initiative
    The Way: Feature Film initiative seeks to highlight peace through art of Aikido
    Aikido is widely recognized as being the most mysterious of all martial arts. Adding to this mystery is the fact that Aikido is translated as being known as "The Art of Peace," as noted by its founder, Morihei Ueshiba. As most see...
  • New schedule of Aikido classes at Sofia University
    Sofia University: Aikido classes changes
    Robert Frager, 7th dan and direct student of O Sensei, announced last week that he is opening his Aikido classes to the whole Sofia Community. This includes staff, students, faculty, alumni and partners as well (adults only).Sensei Frager’s...
  • Anniversary of 9/11
    Remembering 9/11: What dojos and martial artists can do
    Tomorrow, another anniversary of 9/11 is upon us. Many of us remember the assassinations of President Kennedy, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Bobby Kennedy. These were seminal moments in our lives and in the history of our Nation.For my parent&rsquo...
  • The cover of "A Way to Reconcile the World"
    A Good Book to Read Now: “A Way to Reconcile the World
    Is it just me, or are there others who think the world is going to hell in hand basket lately?I’ve given up on evening news and not just because of being commercialed to death. The world and domestic news, all if it, it’s just too...
  • A Good Man
    Steve Seagal is out for revenge in ‘A Good Man’
    Over the years it is no secret that Steven Seagal went from box office action star to a straight to DVD regular. While his films have yet to find the quality of some of his previous work his last few have definently been moving in a more positive...
  • Photo of a laughing Kato Sensei, 8th dan
    The Role of Laughter in Martial Arts: It’s important
    The tragic and untimely death of comedic genius and Bay Area icon Robin Williams got me to thinking about the role of laughter and humor in our lives.Where would we be without laughter, without this ability to have a good belly laugh not only...
  • A stack of martial arts book for the reading
    A Sensible Approach to Your Martial Arts Books – 4 simple rules + one more
    It’s so easy to get buried in all the great books about martial arts available today, especially those about Aikido. And it’s also easy to get overwhelmed. Very quickly!The result then is that books get put in the “I’m...
  • Sensei Richard Strozzi-Heckler, 6th dan, leading a workshop at Aikido of Santa Cruz
    Summer means camps & workshops: What to do (and not do)
    Summer is here and summer camps and workshops are in full swing. Whether this summer will be your first workshop or you’re a seasoned veteran, here are some important tips that will help your experience be one that is a positive and fun.And...
  • New titles from Kodansha USA
    New Martial Arts Titles from Kodansha
    It’s always exciting when I see new titles arriving from Kodansha USA. Their books are always made with exceptional care. Plus, the books are well written and chock full of information.The two titles that arrived (which I’ll review...
  • Standing Sentinal: The Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
    Standing Sentinel: The Tomb of the Unknown Solder: Making a difference
    I met Beau Doboszenski when he was attending a workshop at Rancho Strozzi Institute. He joined the Aikido class that night. After class while we were in circle, Richard Strozzi-Heckler announced that Beau had been a Sentinel at the Tomb of the...
  • David Lukoff - An addendum to his encounter with the APA
    Aikido in Action with David Lukoff: An addendum to his encounter with the APA
    David emailed me a few days later. He decided to flesh out the story and give additional background information that he thought was important as this all unfolded.In reading what David wrote, it became clear to me that there was much more at stake...
  • David Lukoff - Putting Aikido to work off the mat
    David Lukoff – Putting Aikido into action off the mat
    David Lukoff, featured here before, recently had a situation arrive in his professional life where he was able to put his Aikido skills to the test off the mat.But first, a little background about David. He is shodanwho trains at Two Rock Aikido...
  • Our Flag
    Remembering Women Warriors on Memorial Day
    Woman have throughout history fought along side their men and often with their men. Women were at the Battle of Bunker Hill during the American Revolution. Frontier women by necessity learned how to shoot and handle a knife. Women during the First...
  • In tribute to Dennis Hooker, Shihan
    Dennis Hooker, Shihan – A tribute
    Long before my telephone rang that morning years ago, I had heard of Dennis Hooker. I mean, really, who in the Aikido world hadn’t heard about his struggle with Myasthenia Gravis, and how working with Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, he was able to...