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Aikido as an art of self defense

Many, many people sell Aikido as a self defense martial art. Even Harry sensei likes to use this cliche. That Aikido is an art that you can use to defend yourself in the unfortunate event of a combat. Or if you … Continue reading

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Class Chit Chat

Before I start any class, I made a point to gather the students and did some pep talk. Well, you can call it a chit chat, a nag, or telling tales and stories. Perhaps it is public speaking practise for … Continue reading

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Taking classess

I think it is a matter of time I have to start conducting classes. My Sempai, Han Tiong has ‘retired’ from teaching NUS’s Friday Aikido class, and the job now falls on the next in line, primarily Foo, Luke then … Continue reading

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A Teacher’s Peril

  “Because whatever we say, is wrong.” Of late, I was given the privilege of conducting a couple of classes with my NUS Aikidokas. Although it was a refreshing change from being attending the class to someone conducting the class, the … Continue reading

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Aikido and longevity

Last Tuesday evening Harry sensei said, (practising) Aikido does not make you live longer, you just die healthier. And he pointed up, implying when you go is entirely decided ‘up there’. While I am not a God kind of person, … Continue reading

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Your first Aikido sensei

Who is your first Aikido sensei? Who is my first Aikido sensei? The fellow teaching you how to turn, roll and wears a funny black pleated skirt-looking pants? You first Aikido sensei is your parents. Your mother showed you love, … Continue reading

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National University of Aikido

I have been training at NUS(National University of Singapore) Aikido club for a while now, Harry sensei teaches there as well. The experience is quite extraordinary, as I am handling juniors, boys and girls sometimes 20 years younger than me. … Continue reading

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