Shades of Budo
Aikido: The path to harmony. But harmony as to what?
We all, more or less, have in mind the meaning of the word "aikido", which defines the art in which we practice. We could say without this, of course, being the definitive or sole interpretation of the word that it means 'the path or the way of harmonizing with the energy'. Said interpretation potentially involves two aspects: a physical and a spiritual one. Many things [...]
"It is not enough for Caesar's wife to be honest, she must appear to be honest too," Julius Caesar said once, when his wife was accused of infidelity. Starting with this phrase, I would like to reverse it, playing a bit with the words: "It is not enough for Caesar's wife to appear honest, she must be honest too.” Under normal circumstances, such thing should [...]
Why choosing martial arts?
Why would one start practicing martial arts? There can be many reasons, more or less obvious, e.g. the need for physical exercise or weight loss, a low self-esteem, acquiring self-defense skills, the need for socializing, changing one’s lifestyle and even dealing with loneliness. According to a research, following a separation or divorce, 30% of people are looking for a hobby or a training group. However, [...]
I will never forget the feeling I experienced during the ‘90s, every time I watched a martial arts film. We have all, at some point in our lives, wondered what it would be like to have an instructor such as those in the martial arts movies, to initiate us in the secrets of the respective art - or even secretly wished to have one! Nowadays, [...]
Several colleagues who work as professional martial arts instructors, or to put it differently, who make a living through this profession, will usually be observant of the events transpiring within the field. Participating myself to this procedure for quite some time now – by reading, listening and discussing – I discovered many things that estrange me; things I don’t feel are appropriate to the art [...]
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