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Methods to Remain Calm during Violence by Steve Kanney

This is a very good question as a suggested topic.  While it may be possible to write extensively on it, I will give several examples. I recall when I was about 18 years old, and had been practicing aikido for about a year or two, my teacher developed an exercise where he would attack with a wooden […]

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ON KI – USAGE IN MARTIAL ARTS TRAINING (2ND ARTICLE IN SERIES) by Steve Kanney

First, let’s look at what ki is: (Note: All quotations with pages given are from Zen and Aikido by Kamata Shimizu) “Aikido is a martial art which aims at the cultivation of ki. The aiki in aikido refers to harmonizing one’s ki or vital energy not only with a partner, but with all living beings […]

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On Ki – History of the Term (first in a series of two articles) by Steve Kanney

Ki (or Chi – Chinese) are central to many martial arts.  In fact, two martial arts use the term in their name: Aikido and Tai Chi Chuan.  The notion of ki will be explored in two articles below, detailing the historical development and usage in martial arts training. Before embarking on these two topics I first wish […]

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Takuan’s Unfettered Mind

Takuan Soho, as legend would have it, was friend and teacher to famed Miyamoto Musashi, arguably the greatest swordsman in the history of Japan. As a Zen monk, poet, painter, calligrapher, etc, he lived during a particularly violent period of Japanese history. He therefore confronted war and violence, instructing both shogun and emperor and befriending the likes of […]