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NEW: Aikido to Zanshin – 26 Essays on the Martial Art of Peace. This series is for anyone with even a casual interest in Aikido. I invite you to read them and share with friends. This series will soon be available as a book, both in print and for Kindle, too!
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Check out the menu across the top. You can find My Aikido Blog, with the most recent post first. The past 9 years are there, easy to browse through. There’s a great search feature, a tag cloud to jump to popular subjects, and a month-by-month archive.
Under Favorite Posts you’ll find hand-selected collections of my favorites, and ones people request most often, along with special pages featuring my columns from The Mirror on AikiWeb, guest posts, and posts for horse people.
Be sure to visit the Helpful Stuff section, where I’ve made it easy to get to all my posts about Japanese Words in Aikido, and How To Go To Aikido Seminars, Camps, and Retreats (under construction). One very long subject is Thoughts on Promoting Aikido. I hope this will be a valuable resource for the Aikido community, and I plan to add practical information and resources here in coming months, with your help. There’s more planned for this section, too, including reference material for Aikido students (and a few things for teachers, too).
Then we have My Recommendations for Seminars, Camps, & Events, and Aikido Books (a subject near and dear to my heart). Coming soon, pages for recommended Blogs, Videos, Uniforms (especially for women), Training Weapons, and Gear & Gifts. No paid placements. I didn’t get any freebies. These are just things I’ve actually tried and liked.
Finally, because I get so many inquiries, I have made it easier to connect with me on a professional level. Click on Consulting if you want a hand with your dojo marketing, website usability and design, event advertising, or social media. I also offer personalized coaching and assistance to writers, from how to get started with using popular writing, formatting, and publishing tools, to proofreading or editing, and even formatting and publishing, if you don’t want the hassle of doing that yourself.
A Little About Me and My Blog
This blog originally began on AikiWeb.com, a very active and friendly community of Aikido students and teachers. Most of the posts here are also available on my blog on AikiWeb.
I train with Dave Goldberg Sensei at Aikido of San Diego, in California. I hold the second black belt rank, nidan. (Shodan, the first black belt rank, literally means “beginning level.”) Aikido is a martial art that, like horsemanship or music, takes a lifetime to master.
I am a writer/author (my Amazon author page), personal trainer, horse person (used to keep a few horses and two adorable donkeys), and former software/web industry professional (tech comm and UX). I am currently completing several books for students of Aikido, both for children and for adult beginners.
These posts are only my own observations on my own experience. Everything I say here is my simply my own limited understanding of the art, and should not be taken as authoritative. Any inept or incorrect information is my own responsibility, and I hope will not reflect on others.