Welcome Letter

Tips

Your Body
Attire
Observation
Gravity and Grounding
Speed, Timing, Breathing
Extension
Congruity and Training
Uke-Nage Relationship
Cycles
Commitment
The Dojo
Our Relationship
Other Instructors,
Students, and Arts
Deciding to Leave
Expectations

Reference

Dojo Etiquette
Fundamentals
Helpful Phrases
Aikido Ranks
Basic Counting
Glossary
Bibliography

Acknowledgements

Other Instructors

We suggest that you train with as many instructors as possible. From time to time we will host other instructors at our dojo, and will advise you of seminars and workshops conducted by other instructors at other locations. Each instructor has a unique approach, and can offer valuable insights into their understanding of this fascinating art. By taking an eclectic approach to your aikido education, you get to enjoy the best of all instruction. By respecting all instructors of all schools, you get to live aikido in your personal life.

Other Students

You will find your fellow students of all ranks to be a marvelous source of information. The central theme of harmony that permeates aikido nurtures a strong sense of community. We are all here to help one another: each of us, in time, both teacher and student.

Other Martial Arts

Be respectful of the other martial arts at all times. Do not get into useless arguments as to which is "best". Each has its good points and, practiced with sincerity and dedication, provide similar results. Although our techniques may differ, the mental-physical forging that leads to refinement of the character is the same. "The mountain does not laugh at the river because it is lowly, and the river does not laugh at the mountain because it cannot move about." Ridicule others and it will surely come back to you.

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