As we emerge onto the Aikido scene, this community, the EAC holds a certain perspective as inherent in the art of Aikido, the spiritual perspective. What do we mean by “spiritual”? Essentially it refers to the understanding of self, other and the world. Fundamentally, the understanding of self, is primary for this question. Our conditioned […]
The Evolutionary Aikido Community (EAC) is a global community of more than 25 dojos exploring the art of Aikido in traditional and evolutionary ways by honoring the beautiful past and origins of the art that has brought the Aikido to where it is in the world today, and by recognizing that the art itself is […]
Why is Aikido evolutionary? There are many of us in the Aikido community that use the word evolutionary as being a quality of the art that we practice. For myself, I had from the beginning seen Aikido, one as being a sophisticated, powerful yet subtle martial art. Secondly, Aikido had the promise of being […]
Exploring the 4 different levels of being in, with and as Body. I would like to begin with some questions that can offer some new ways to discover different levels of ourselves or different dimensions of ourselves. I would like to begin with what’s the difference between “being in the body” and “allowing the body”? […]
With the news, of the corona virus, Covid 19, we are faced with many decisions on what to do and where to act. We are being hit with so much information that it can overstimulate our system into a hyper-reactivity. But with the precautionary advise to stay isolated as part of our communal response to […]
Last July/August, the Evolutionary Aikido Community had its second Teacher Conference. We had over 12 dojo-chis together discussing the theme of principles in Aikido. The group explored over 30 different qualities, skills, or expressions of aikido, that we could recognise and identify collectively. In the meeting we had used the categories of Manifest, Hidden […]
Here in the Evolutionary Aikido Community, we have a small circle of dojos that we refer to as the Riviera Aikido Community. These dojos circle Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) and consist of Aikido Montreux, Aikido Vevey, Aikido St Gingolph, and our new dojo Aikido Lausanne. Every first Wednesday of the month we do a communal […]
On our path and in our lives, as teachers and long term practitioners of Aikido, we face the ever present question, “how do we care for ourselves while we train?”. One of the main flawed assumptions of traditional training in Aikido seems to be that after many years of training, a person should expect to […]
We live in a historical moment in which we believe that the top for each is success. So we do our best to win, to be a successful person… and to spend at the best out time to get some big results.
“In the beginning music was our sole means of communication. It was worship, divine, intelligence and basic communication. Music intoxicated the human soul. In every way, music is our bond between the material and the eternal”. Kenny Werner „You must first standing on the floating bridge of heaven. If you don’t stand on the floating […]
The aim of Aikido is to maintain or to (re-) establish a harmonious state of balance. Emphasis is placed upon the joint process of conflict resolution, throughout which the Aikidoka absorbs and/or guides energy in a way that prevents damage. One can neither catch a falling raw egg nor ride a skateboard through violent force […]
Wu Wei, “do without doing” or “dive into not knowing”.
Even if we regularly practice the application of the Aikido principles and the techniques in Aikido training, Aikido essentially arises anew again
ZAN SHIN is often known as remaining mind. 残ZAN means remaining and 心SHIN means heart/mind. In some martial arts, this refers to a certain body/mind state of after-technique. In Kendo, after execution of successful tecnique, the body form remains. Not like football; after making a goal, flip over or victorious peformance, etc. In Kendo, ZAN […]
These two worlds are very different in practice, but really related in their perspectives. In the two you need to let go of your old patterns in order for something spontaneous, new and creative to emerge. Both cooking and Aikido can be used as a tool to discover our true nature and also can be […]