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The Five Stages of Budo

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The Five Spirits of Budo 1) Shoshin – Beginner’s Mind This refers to the kind of attitude that you probably had when you first started martial arts. You were excited and eager to learn. You had an attitude of openness, eagerness, and had no preconceptions of how to do your techniques. You just wanted to […]

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Chiba Kazuo shihan Passed away

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On 5th June 2015, Chiba sensei, the former head instructor of the Aikikai of Great Britain as the British Aikido Federation was formerly known, passed away.  He was 75 years old and had been suffering from cancer. Chiba sensei was mine and Rob’s first senior instructor when we started aikido in 1973 after he had […]

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Hakama suppliers

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On a recent trip to Tokyo, I had the pleasure of meeting an Englishman called Mike Williamson, who has lived over there for many years and is married to a Japanese lady, Keiko Yakawa san.  Yakawa san is the sister of a man I have trained with for many years in Japan; initially at Mr […]