Expectations for Promotion

The web site lists some simple expectations for kyu promotion beyond actual test performance requirements. These are just guidelines, and the instructors give individual consideration for health, age, and other commitments. In this document, I will list some of the … Continue reading

Thoughts on being a Warrior

Being a Warrior is not a profession, or an act. It is a statement of identity, and a definition of spirit. The vast majority of people who consider themselves Warriors simply are not, but the ones who are know it … Continue reading

Being Uke

2004 editorial by Guy Hagen Ukemi – training as Uke, being the attacker, taking the falls — is probably the most important part of your Aikido experience. 99% of your interaction with your Sensei will be as an Uke. More … Continue reading