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{Weeding my garden this morning, kneeling close to the ground under the Southern California sun, brought about some simple truths— for life, for Aikido. Just like weeding, we are evolving in our Aikido by peeling off, ridding of the extra, and digg...

 By Lee Lavi Ramirez Life Is ShortSome of my peers have recently lost their teachers, as many of O’Sensei’s students have passed away in the last few years. Although the legacy and strong memory that their teachers have left within them, I...

Beginners Guide to North Valley Aikikaiby Wes White, 4th Kyu Men and women, boys and girls take Aikido for a variety of reasons, physical fitness, self defense, strength development, flexibility, grace of movement, serenity of mind and a plethora of...

Senpai's Way

on Nov 18, 2015

I often speak of the role of beginners at the Dojo, but very seldom mention the Senpai (先輩, sometimes pronounced Sempai). Senpai are the senior members of the Dojo community, in many cases Yudansha, or 'black belts'. I like to think of the...

Peace is every step

on Feb 19, 2013

On the shelf, right above the front desk at the dojo, we present gifts we received throughout the years. One of them is a straw hat. "Peace is every step" reads the calligraphy on it. It was written by Thich Nhat Hanh, a Vietnamese Zen master. “...

Seminar with Doshu

on Jul 16, 2012

This weekend we had the honor to participate in a seminar with Aikido Doshu, Ueshiba Moriteru. The seminar was hosted by Aikido UnEnKai, chaired by I. Shibata Shihan, at Berkeley Aikikai. It felt like a one in a lifetime opportunity, training in a...

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