Beginner Aikido

Beginner Aikido - How To Hold Your Sword

How To Hold Your Sword During Aikido Practice

Holding the sword correctly will allow you to swing it effectively and efficiently.    The first real Japanese sword, known as a katana was smithed around the year 700 AD.  And since then has developed and transformed into what we know today and the Japanese Samurai Sword.  Before we get started with this lesson, there …

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Weapons in Aikido?

Do We Use Weapons in Aikido?

I’ve taken Aikido classes in Houston, Boston, San Francisco, Austin, San Antonio, Arlington  Mexico and in Tokyo, I’ve seen many different styles and systems of weapons being taught.   Essentially Aikido comes from three different arts, The Long and Short Sword, The Staff and Unarmed techniques; Kenjutsu, Jojutsu and Daitoryu Aikijuujutsu. In 1990, I trained Aikido …

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3 things to expect as a beginner in Aikido

What are the 3 things you should expect as a beginner in Aikido…

Hello, I’m Erik Calderon and I’ve been doing martial arts ever since my dad stuck me in some classes when I was 5 years old. At 20, I moved to Japan for the sole purpose of studying Aikido. I trained on average 3 to 5 hours per day. I chose Aikido because I liked it’s philosophy and I saw it as something I could do for the rest of my life.

Is Aikido useless?

Is Aikido useless?

Everyone that watched the Floyd Mayweather fight against Conor McGregor knows that MMA fighting is useless against a boxer.I wonder what would have happened if the fight had taken place in the Octagon?  Would Floyd still have won? This question leads us into the realm of rules.  What are the rules of Boxing? What are …

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