To Fight Or To Make Peace

A friend of mine used to be a bouncer at a pub. One day, the pub owner called him into his office and said, “I’m sorry, but I’m going to have to let you go.” My friend said, “I don’t understand. I win every fight that I get into.” The pub owner replied, “That’s the…

Three Pillars for Practice

Tradition gives us roots into the past, innovation keeps us reaching into the future, and etiquette gives us a way to behave in the present. There are three pillars to any worthwhile practice, martial or otherwise. It must have roots that tie it deeply to some real human need, desire, or problem. In addition, it…

Cross-Training For Aikido Pt 2: Reigi

If we are truly trying to embody the principles of our martial practice, we must be able to do so in all environments, even, or perhaps especially, within those environments that we perceive as hostile. There is a lot of talk in the aikido community about cross-training in grappling and/or striking arts as a means…

Humility Beyond Self

Humility is not the abdication of self, but rather the transcendence of self. Humility is being true to who we are and manifesting that truth in a way that fits into the situation or circumstance within which we find ourselves. Humility is not being so full of ourselves that we take up all of the…

Silence and Integrity

We do not have to be rude to be authentic. If we have any kind of point of view, lots of people will say and do things that are in conflict with our opinions and beliefs. That is simply part of life. If we feel the need to react to every incidence of disagreement with…