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Seeking Zanshin: Blood, Sweat, Tears & Aikikai Blog Tools Rating: Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 02-24-2005 10:53 PM
One small gal + a dojo full of big guys = tons o' fun
Blog Info
Status: Public
Entries: 272 (Private: 12)
Comments: 195
Views: 493,148

In Humor Welcome to Mushin Ryu Aikido Dojo Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #272 New 05-14-2012 11:25 AM
There's something odd about the instructor's voice, but he can't quite put his finger on it. The guy sounded perfectly normal on the phone.

Joe tries not to fidget on the wooden bench and looks around. At the front of the room there's a picture of an old, bald, Asian man with a long beard. The man seems to be staring past the camera and into the distance with a look of serious contemplation.

"I hope I'll age as gracefully as that," the 21-year-old muses.

He leans against the wall behind him, trying to imagine himself looking even half as dignified in his older years. As his head tilts back, he feels it hit something sharp and instinctively jerks forward.

"Ow!" mutters Joe, turning around to frown at the source of the pain. He steps back and finds himself staring up at a large, wooden picture frame. Within it is a photo of the same Asian man, only looking much older, sporting a longer, white beard. This time, however, he's dressed in a flowing grey robe. On his head is a floppy, wide-brimmed, and pointy grey hat. In his hand is a carved, white wooden staff.

Someone has Photoshopped the man into a picture of Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings.

In fact, all along the wall, Joe can see similar, badly doctored photos of the same man: dressed as Dumbledore from Harry Potter, standing among the parapets of Hogwarts; clean-shaven and sitting in a wheelchair as Professor Charles Xavier from the X-men with a huge explosion behind him.

Just as his jaw goes slack ...More Read More
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In Humor A New Technique to add to the Wiki Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #264 New 10-28-2010 05:04 PM
Category: Immobilizations (principles)

Name: Wrongkyo


A widely practiced (though not formally recognized) technique that usually immobilizes nage instead of uke, mentally instead of physically.

Can be performed from any attack and at any given moment; Wrongkyo occurs when nage instinctively responds with a technique other than the one they were actually directed to practice/originally demonstrated by Sensei.

May be loosely classified as a kind of Oyo Waza.
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In Humor How J.Lo fixed my Koshinage Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #252 New 12-08-2009 12:24 PM
Dear Ms. Lopez,

I wanted to let you know exactly how grateful I am that you are who you are. I know that as a celebrity you get a lot of undue attention from the public and the media in general about a whole lot of things -- some deeply personal and others quite silly and superficial. Pay no attention to them, especially if you hear yet another crass reference to the size of your behind!

It is because of you that this poor little Filipina girl from the ghetto in Winnipeg can now realize her childhood dream of being a world-class martial artist. There has always been this one technique that I have constantly struggled with in the seven years that I've trained in Aikido. You see, unlike you, I was never blessed with much prominence in the posterior. People often mistake us Filipina for being Hispanic and vice versa, but in this particular area of the anatomy there is simply no comparison. Unfortunately, the Koshinage throw that has been giving me so much difficulty called for more of a "shelf" in the rear end upon which to briefly rest the opponent you are throwing. You can imagine the frustration.

It was not until last night, when I thought of this distinctive physical characteristic of yours that after years of struggle, I had a breakthrough -- "If only I had J. Lo's butt," I mused, and (unable to afford cosmetic surgery like someone of your wealth and stature might) wondered what would happen if I merely pretended that I had been more substantially endowed in t ...More Read More
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In Humor A Shameless Plug :-D Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #239 New 01-10-2009 11:25 AM
Just because I had so much fun putting these together as a (belated) Christmas gift for my fellow dojo mates, I can't help but share them here on AikiWeb as well.

"That's Why We Practice": Aikido Bloopers

"Mat-thumping!": Ukemi Video


Not to worry, I'll be posting another serious entry again soon.
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In Humor The Aiki of Sewing (!) Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #234 New 08-16-2008 12:34 PM
As further evidence that:
a) I over-think things
b) I really was an English major once
c) I have Aikido on the brain the vast majority of the time (which explains the lack of space in there for much else)
d) I should give up on all these silly metaphors and parallels I always seem to observe the more I train in the art
e) all of the above,

...I wanted to share something amusing I discovered while sewing some gifts today. I'm not sure how many other of you Aikidoka have used a sewing machine before, but chances are if you have, you already know that it can be a rather finicky process --- not unlike a certain other process we all know and love. (Okay --- or make that "love-hate", depending on what progress you're making with your training or even on what technique you happen to be working on.)

Now those who know me well understand that I am nowhere near being a technological pariah (I love electronic gadgets, the mechanics of things and working with my hands in these respects) and that I strive to be extremely detail-oriented. Or anal, depending on who you talk to. That said, these characteristics are ones that you would think would practically guarantee me success in my sewing endeavours. Not so, I'm afraid. After all, what really does?

First of all, some quick context for those who might not be familiar with how a sewing machine works...in a nutshell, the machine manipulates two threads that bind your fabric together:
- the to ...More Read More
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In Humor Note to Self for the Future Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #230 New 07-18-2007 09:50 AM
A public demonstration is not the time to try to pull off waza that one has not practiced for over a year. *pokes Jeremy violently with her Jo*

(A full update re: last weekend's Gasshuku to follow shortly)
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