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By Marjorie Motooka, Shodan Onegai Shimasu (pronounced o-ne-ga-e shi-mas) is a phrase that is exchanged at the beginning of class between students to teacher.  It is also uttered to your partner before the start of any tech...

by Reza Haghshenas, 4th Kyu  What is Aikido? And what is this martial art going to bring into my life? I don't know the answer. But I feel that Aikido is a manifestation of love, as it lights up something special in my heart, to see my true self...

by Vincent John, 5th Kyu Your face is pressed against the mat. This serves to relieve the pressure derived from whoever is stretching your right arm up towards your spine, firmly into your back. At first nothing is felt. Not a shred of discomfort.

{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...







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