Rock-Solid Kids

Aikido teaches students to defend themselves by not fighting. Instead of using potentially crippling kicks or punches, students of aikido learn to apply various wrist locks, arm pins and throws. These neutralize attacks without serious injury to the attacker. Aikido is ideal for children because the techniques do not depend on superior size or strength. Girls and boys can practice together and participate equally in training. Continue reading

Kokyu Ryoku

Kokyu Ryoku – The power of breathing: The spacing (ma) between people when practicing should be like the space between two proper breaths. Concentrating your breath at the opponents weak spot is not like pointing a gun and having the bullet do the job. It is like shaking hands and having your feeling conveyed without words. Tensing your abdomen and breathing through the node is not a special kind of breathing. Continue reading