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Take a bow

We bow in Aikido, towards the front of the dojo, where a photograph of O sensei is usually hung or placed. Some other dojos hung scrolls instead of O sensei’s photo. In our old Bukit Merah Dojo, we hung O’sensei’s … Continue reading

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If we hold on together

This is a song title, by Diana Ross. It explains the fundamental principle of Aikido, and why the holding is a guiding foundation of Aikido, not punching, not kicking. When a person grab, grip, hold, held, grasp, clench, snatch (Did … Continue reading

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A Mirror with No Reflections

I was hit with an epiphany 2 days back. What if you can take a picture of a mirror, standing right in front of it, and; there is no reflection of yourself? We have all heard about this popular metaphor. … Continue reading

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No shadows

How can one really improve in Aikido? Usually I don’t blog about the ‘how to’ of things. But I’m trying to look at this from another angle. So how can one tell that one’s Aikido has improved? It is the … Continue reading

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Focus is not fixation

This is to add on to my earlier blog post on Supernormal Stimulus. Well, when one is supernormal stimulated, one gets fixated. When one gets fixated, we lose focus. Being focused and being fixated is like looking at the ocean … Continue reading

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The expanding sphere

Aikido is a close combat art. It works best when you are closest to your partner. And the paradox is that in order for you to get close to your partner, you need to expand. What is ‘expand’? some calls … Continue reading

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Life as a paradox

We cannot choose to live, life is given to us, in non-negotiable terms. And since it is absolute, many of us end up in despair, trapped by this physical being, unable to make sense of the choiceless-ness of the entire … Continue reading

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