Category Archives: Philosophy & social media

Aikido is not resistance – A true warrior contests with nothing

“There are no contests in the art of peace.  A true warrior contests with nothing. Defeat means to defeat the mind of contention that we harbor within.” (Master Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido)   Have a great week Ian Grant Dojo … Continue reading

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New beginnings …

Aikido Warrior Dojo is pleased to announce that it is now part of Fudoshin Dojos Australia operating under the guidance and mentorship of Chicko Xerri Sensei, 6th dan AKI (Aikikai), Tokyo, Japan. Chicko Sensei has more than 40 years uninterrupted Aikido experience, is Japan … Continue reading

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Looking back to look forward – Exploring Aikido’s roots

Master Morihei Ueshiba (O’sensei), the Founder of Aikido, authored  3 instructional manuals in his lifetime.  The first “Budo Training in Aikido” (originally called “Budo Renshu“) was published in 1933. “Budo Renshu” contains 166 techniques, all of which are accompanied by hand drawings and training notes. The techniques in the … Continue reading

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Breakfalls and Aikido – Are they really necessary?

The question of whether breakfalls are really necessary in Aikido is one that seems to attract very different opinions even amongst those who practice in the same school. I have heard senior practitioners on many occasions argue that breakfalling is pointless, dangerous and really only … Continue reading

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Searching for O’Sensei – The forgotten manuals of Aikido

Master Morihei Ueshiba (O’sensei), the Founder of Aikido, went to a lot of time and trouble to write not one, but 2 instructional manuals for his martial art. Both were written in the 1930’s and obviously took a lot of time to not only write … Continue reading

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Ki, Aiki and Aikido – A practical training perspective

The notion of ki and its role in Aikido training can be one of the most confusing, obscure and sometimes divisive concepts in our Art. Finding an understandable definition of ki can be quite challenging to say the least, particularly … Continue reading

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Aikido in popular culture – The Doctor Who Connection

I just finished watching the latest episode of Dr Who and to my surprise everyone’s favourite time lord appeared to use his Aikido skills – something he hasn’t done in like 35 years.  It reminded me that the first time I heard of our martial art was through watching the … Continue reading

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