10 Feb

The budo lifestyle

Lately I’ve been thinking a number of things concerning my attitude towards life and my understanding of the ‘budo lifestyle’.  Particularly on my mind has been the nature of necessity and how it’s comforting, but ultimately disingenuous, to view things as needs when in reality they are wants.  The absence of some things can be psychologically difficult, but making life difficult is not the same as making it impossible, and that, it seems to me, is the true distinction between a want and a need.

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11 Sep

Aikido techniques

Aikido techniques

I wanted to use this post to write a little about my thoughts concerning the role of techniques in aikido and to try to tackle the question: how many techniques are there in aikido?1

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  1. I’ve since discovered an interview in which Ueshiba is quoted answering this exact question. Needless to say, my answer given in this article conflicts with his. According to Ueshiba, there are approximately 48,000 techniques in aikido. 

28 Aug

The Efficacy of Aikido

Efficacy of aikido

I’ve come to the realisation over the years that I don’t practice aikido for self-defence – at least not in the traditional sense of manoeuvring myself out the way of punches, applying a well-timed kotegaeshi, and otherwise protecting myself during a fight. A friend also observed to me that most people training at our club probably didn’t train for that reason either, which seems to me to be apparently in contradiction with the reasons people tend to join aikido in the first place. This contradiction is reflected on our club website, which describes the club as a “self-defence club.”

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