Self Defense Story

by Sean Braune, 3rd kyu I left a party down by Guildwood Parkway in Scarborough at 3:00 am and was waiting for the bus. A van was driving up and down the street. It pulled down the side street just next to the bus stop. Two men, both wearing black bandanas pulled over their mouths, got out of the van. One was tall, thickly built and held a tire iron. The smaller one was unarmed as far as I could tell. They began walking towards me at the bus stop. O-Sensei, the founder of Aikido, is credited as saying: Face a single foe as if you are facing ten thousand enemies; face ten thousand enemies as a single foe. With this in the back of my mind, I decided to walk over towards the two of them and say "hello." Essentially, this method of engagement in Aikido is called irimi, leading an attack a split second before the attacker is even aware of wanting...
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New Challenges

by Sheridan Torres, 6th kyu I started Aikido a few weeks back. When I first called the dojo to ask if I could get some information on the classes, I was just told to drop in and see for myself. To tell you the truth, I got excited and tried to get there as soon as I could. When I walked into the dojo, the air seemed clean and the space seemed bright. Now, it could have just been the lights and the ventilation, but all in all it seemed different somehow. As I watched the students practice Aikido looked like a slow martial art that would not be difficult to learn. But when I began to actually start practicing it, it changed my whole perspective. With each different move there would always be some kind of little adjustments that had to be made. It could be anything from posture, proper footing, movement or direction – there is always something to be...
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Aikido Lessons Learned: Power in small hands

"Tap, Daddy." I hear it every week; I help out in the kids' class and invariably wind up practicing with my daughter in her diligent practice of Aikido. Inevitably, I find myself in the awkward position of being calmly but firmly pinned to the ground by an 8 year old. I'm used to it now, but it always takes me by surprise. I struggle to get up off the ground without too much success. I hear the familiar refrain again, "Tap, Daddy." Though any other parent-child battle of wits could continue in this stalemate endlessly, the outcome of the Aikido submission is brief and one-sided. I sigh and submit to her gentle demand. As she releases me from my prone position, I reflect on the subtle power of Aikido, and the relative physical advantage that a girl one-third my size can effortlessly deploy with a careful application of her limited strength, coupled with the patient lessons learned every week on the mat. By...
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Mary Heiny Sensei – 2010 Seminar

A seminar with Mary Heiny Sensei, 6th dan. Dates: November 5, 6 & 7 Aikido Shugyo Dojo invites you to join us for a weekend seminar with Mary Heiny Sensei, a long-time friend of the dojo. Heiny Sensei's Aikido is dynamic and subtle, and her teaching works profoundly on body and mind. For more than forty years, Mary Heiny Sensei has followed a path of physical and spiritual inspiration as a student and teacher of Aikido. She started this journey in 1965 after watching O'Sensei teach a class at Hombu Dojo in Tokyo, Japan. The effect of this first encounter has inspired her through long hours of training and study. After studying at Hombu Dojo from 1968 to 1973 with O'Sensei's direct students and with Hikitsuchi Sensei, 10th dan, in Shingu, Heiny Sensei returned to the United States and began teaching at the University of California in Santa Cruz. In 1976, she went to Seattle and opened Seattle School of Aikido. After nine years,...
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Clyde Takeguchi Shihan – 2010 Seminar

Aikido Shugyo hosts a seminar with Clyde Takeguchi Shihan Saturday & Sunday, February 6 & 7, at Aikido Shugyo Dojo, 276 Carlaw Avenue, Studio 306, Toronto Registration: 9:30 a.m. both days Saturday classes: 10 a.m.-11 a.m. 11:15 a.m-12:15 p.m. 2 p.m.-3 p.m. 3:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m. Sunday classes: 10 a.m.-11:15 a.m. 11:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. ~ Bring your jo & bokken ~ For further information: ~ Phone: 416.469.4846 ~ Email: turnerf@rogers.com ~ Cost: Both days: $70, one day: $45 ...
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Interview with Fran Turner Sensei

JM: How did you come to choose aikido? FT: I wouldn't exactly call it a choice. I had seen aikido several years before I started practicing. When my ex-husband was interested in starting a martial art, he checked out aikido, judo, and a couple of karate schools before he finally tried karate for a while and then became a deeply committed judoka. He'd been practicing judo for quite a long period of time. When we were living in Denmark I became very interested in Zen Buddhism. I'd been doing a lot of reading about zen and Zen Buddhism. It fascinated me, but none of the books gave me any ideas to how one practiced. I was telling Jim about this and he said "Well, you know, they have aikido at the dojo where I practice, and there's supposed to be some kind of connection between aikido and zen". It seemed like the best lead that I had going. Sensei Torben KreigsbaumAnyway, I went to my...
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Clyde Takeguchi Shihan – 2009 Seminar

Clyde Takeguchi Shihan is the founder and director of Capital Aikikai. Takeguchi Sensei is a shichidan — a seventh degree black belt — and a Hombu-certified shihan instructor. He began his study of aikido in 1958 in his native Hawaii. In addition to founding Capital Aikikai in 1973, Takeguchi sensei founded the aikido clubs in Madison, WI, and Charleston, SC. He has taught aikido at the police departments in Honolulu and Madison, as well as at the US Customs Academy in Washington, DC. ...
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