Tag Archives: Aikido Culture

Let’s consider for a moment what the standard aikido teaching looks like. It’s a fairly uniform thing and I’ve genuinely never seen anything different to this. For the record I’ve trained in at least 8 different countries, over a period exceeding 20 years. I find myself wondering if there is a better way to teach. Every aikido student learns in the same way. The instructor calls a halt to training, everybody lines up in seiza. In really big classes they may gather around in a circle. The instructor then demonstrates…

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There seems to be a strange paradox in the world of aikido. Actually there seem to be many but one in particular that we will focus on here. The specific one I’m thinking of is how long it takes you to get a black belt, and what that actually means. This is a topic that comes up with some regularity on social media. New students generally want to know how long it takes to get a black belt. They’re almost always referring to shodan (1st dan) as well. Very few people…

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The martial, the philosophical, and false division Over the last number of years I have come to realise there is a fundamental division amongst aikidoka. It’s an interesting one and very easy to define. There are aikidoka that are convinced that aikido is a martial art. On the other hand there are aikidoka that are convinced it is not a martial art. What intrigues me about this is that they vehemently disagree with each other. For a group of people studying a system of harmony the depth of their disagreement…

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