<![CDATA[AIKIJUKU DOJO - Aikido Lesson of the Day]]>Wed, 18 Mar 2020 05:32:41 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Sticky, connection, matching, scissors, non-resistance, unity— many terms— all effective]]>Thu, 17 Oct 2019 03:50:21 GMThttp://aikijuku.com/aikido-lesson-of-the-day/sticky-connection-matching-scissors-non-resistance-unity-many-terms-all-effective
"Welcome that which comes at you, adhering to it and making it adhere to you, like sticky rice cakes, never competing, never conflicting, and send that which pulls you on its way.  In any encounter, make your own energy one with that of your partner, for in becoming one with him it becomes effortless to convince him of the love you offer."

                 — Ueshiba Morihei Osensei
<![CDATA[Keiko (稽古)]]>Wed, 25 Sep 2019 04:13:33 GMThttp://aikijuku.com/aikido-lesson-of-the-day/keiko
The word for training in a Japanese martial way (武道: budo)is keiko (稽古). This term literally means "considering the ancient." It has been translated as "the use of traditional wisdom to enlighten current practice."

The four virtues of keiko are:  
  • Bravery
  • Wisdom
  • Love
  • Empathy.

Understanding keiko is one of the first steps in getting the most out of one's training.
<![CDATA[Foster peace]]>Mon, 26 Aug 2019 16:57:48 GMThttp://aikijuku.com/aikido-lesson-of-the-day/foster-peace

Aikido begins with you. Work on yourself and your appointed task.  Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow.  Foster peace in your own life and apply Aikido to all that you encounter.

     – Ueshiba Morihei Osensei, Founder of Aikido

<![CDATA[July 30th, 2019]]>Tue, 30 Jul 2019 05:19:01 GMThttp://aikijuku.com/aikido-lesson-of-the-day/july-30th-2019

The strongest person is the one who, as he passes his final days and prepares for death, can say from the bottom of his heart:  “I have lived a wonderful life!”
            — Sunadomari Kanshu (Manseikan Kancho)

For more information on Sunadomari Sensei, please see Interview with Aikido Shihan Kanshu Sunadomari on Aikido Sangenkai's page. 
<![CDATA[Batteries Not Included]]>Tue, 16 Jul 2019 04:41:53 GMThttp://aikijuku.com/aikido-lesson-of-the-day/batteries-not-includedThese are your toys.
Batteries not included.
             – Hiroshi Ikeda Sensei

When teaching a seminar years ago, Ikeda Sensei said this regarding the waza that he was teaching. Techniques without the right energy are like toys without batteries— you can play with them, but they are not as much fun and don't reach their potential. We must delve deep within ourselves during our training to find the right energy, attitude and feeling to bring the techniques to life, make them useful and enjoy them.
<![CDATA[Victorious in an Instant]]>Sat, 13 Jul 2019 23:07:48 GMThttp://aikijuku.com/aikido-lesson-of-the-day/victorious-in-an-instantRegardless of how quickly an opponent attacks or how slowly I respond, I cannot be defeated.  It is not that my techniques are faster than those of my opponent.  It has nothing to do with speed or slowness.  I am victorious right from the start.  As soon as the thought of attack crosses my opponent’s mind, he shatters the harmony of the universe and is instantly defeated regardless of how quickly he attacks.  Victory or defeat is not a matter of time or space.

                     – Ueshiba Morihei Osensei, Founder of Aikido
勝速日、​Katsu Hayabi
(calligraphy composed by Ryoichi Kinoshita)
<![CDATA[The Power of Love]]>Thu, 11 Jul 2019 19:44:24 GMThttp://aikijuku.com/aikido-lesson-of-the-day/the-power-of-loveAiki means "to live together in harmony," in a state of mutual accord.  Aiki is the ultimate social virtue.  It is the power of reconciliation, the power of love.
                    –Ueshiba Morihei Osensei, Aikido Founder
Calligraphy of "Ai," love.