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Remembrance

An article about my father's wartime experiences appeared in the Remembrance Day issue of the Globe & Mail.  It was written by a distant cousin, Peter Cheney, who writes the ‘Globe Drive’ section.

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Music and Aikido – The Way of Harmony

The musical process, as a human activity that unfolds in real-time, shares many similarities with sports and Aikido. Playing instruments, playing sports or practicing martial arts require years of training to build up technique, strength, coordination, endurance,

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Reflections on Suwari Waza

After the last class of the evening, everyone usually gathers at the door and we all leave together. On one particular evening towards the end of the month someone asked me the theme for next month’s practice to which I replied suwari waza.

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Hakama

Hakama is probably best known as traditional piece of samurai clothing and as a part of keikogi or training uniform worn in Japanese martial arts such as Kendo, Iaido, Kyudo, and Aikido.

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Footwork in Practice: Ashi-Sabaki

I believe footwork is a crucial area of development in Aikido training, not just for beginners like me, but for all practitioners. It is one of the first things a beginner should focus on, as it directly affects the basics of Aikido.

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Self Defense Story

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.

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New Challenges

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.

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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.

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