New School T-Shirts

The Academy of Aikido and Arnis has new t-shirts made of a quick dry material, with a redesigned  logo, in both both short and long sleeved designs. We have them available for sale at the dojo and will be taking them to summer camp in June.

Pasour Shihan announced that these shirts, with black pants, will be the new workout uniform for Arnis classes.

Don't get just one, stock up, and support the dojo!


Congratulations to Magnus on a great test!

The Meaning

We have a student testing this week for nikyu. At the end of class last night we were talking about what Aikido means to us.

He pointed out the difficulty of talking about this with co-workers and friends. What it is to practice every week, to prepare for testing, to stand out on the mat and perform the 50, optionals, katas, and randori, and to care deeply about how you do is hard to explain. It has no context in our society.

I know he is thinking about Aikido today. I understand what it means to him and am anticipating cheering him on tomorrow night.

The Spirit and the Path

An excerpt from a longer article on the Nippon Kan website.
In the US, it is common when visiting someone’s house for example, to compliment the host and hostess on a delicious dinner and ask the hostess for the recipe. This is a compliment in the US.

In Japan, asking the host or hostess for the recipe is very bad manners and is considered quite rude as it insinuates that all that is needed to make the delicious dish is the recipe. It insinuates that anyone with the recipe can make this delicious dish and achieve the same results and that the talent and experience and heart of the host does not matter. In Japan cooking is a DO just like Aikido, Budo, Chado, etc.  The spirit and heart and path is as intrinsic to the creation as any recipe.
--Gaku Homma

Two Months From Today

Two months from today it will be Sunday June 7th. The first full day of Gasshuku 2015.