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…

Cross-Training For Aikido Pt 1: An Uncommon Approach

The goal of cross-training in grappling and/or striking for the dedicated aikido practitioner should not necessarily be to add grappling and/or striking to one’s aikido. That’s a fine goal in and of itself, if one truly feels that what aikido lacks is grappling and/or striking. If one truly loves aikido as aikido, however, and sees…

On Atemi in Aikido Pt. 1 (Modern Aikidoist Podcast with Tristan Chermack)

On October 7th, 2019, Tristan Chermack and Robert Van Valkenburgh discussed the concept of atemi (hitting body) in aikido on Tristan’s Modern Aikidoist podcast. Click on the image or the links below to listen to part 1 of 2 of that discussion. Listen to Part 2 HERE Listen on: iTunes YouTube Stitcher Podbean About Tristan…

Randori: Failure as a Path to Rapid Learning & Growth

Failure is an essential component to rapid learning and growth. It is often said that martial arts which incorporate live, resistance-based, freestyle sparring (randori) create more effective martial artists more quickly than those that do not. Why is that? Simply put, people who regularly spar with each other fail more often than people who do…