Christian Tissier: Lessons from the Master

This is the second installment of Aikido Journal’s interview with Christian Tissier Shihan (8th dan.). In this interview segment, Tissier Sensei shares insights from his own personal aikido journey. Along with the video, we’ve summarized Tissier Sensei’s key points and our thoughts in this article.  I believe the three concepts Tissier shares here, while beneficial for

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Christian Tissier: On Revitalizing Aikido

Christian Tissier Shihan (8th dan) talks with Aikido Journal about the health of aikido and what we can do to revitalize the practice and growth of the art. Along with the video of the interview segment, we’ve summarized Tissier Sensei’s key points and our conclusions in this short article. These are insights from one of the greatest living

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A New Breed of Seminar

The Aikido Journal community had a recent dialogue about the future of aikido with Roy Dean, a jujitsuka and aikidoka. The response was overwhelmingly positive and encouraging. While there were a number of valid counterpoints made to Roy’s assessment, almost all agreed in their desire to improve and elevate the art of aikido.  Inspired by the community dialogue and a

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Remembering Stan Pranin

A tribute to Stanley Pranin Sensei, by Tom Collings, a veteran aikidoka and longtime friend of Stan.  The recent passing of Stan Pranin left many who knew him with a feeling of loss and emptiness. During my four and a half decades in aikido, I studied with many of the leading masters in the aikido

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Podcast Interview with Josh Gold

In this 36 minute podcast, Josh Gold, the current operator of Aikido Journal,  talks about his mentor, his dojo, his relationship with Stanley Pranin, and the future of the journal. In our community survey, many expressed interest in podcasts as one additional medium for the journal’s content. Having the opportunity to speak on the Edgar Ortega radio

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A Call for Photography

While Aikido Journal has always possessed a staggering depth of historical information, one area we believe the journal can improve is in its ability to showcase the beauty and emotion of the art. Aikido looks amazing. Even the harshest critics of aikido freely compliment the beauty of its movements.  Aikido also transforms people. Determination, amazement,

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Community Insights

We recently organized a survey to get to know the Aikido Journal community better. With over 1,000 respondents, we’ve been able to get a much clearer picture of the community and had the opportunity to get lots of great feedback and ideas. We’d like to share some of the survey data with the community, along with our preliminary

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The Future of Aikido

After the passing of Stanley Pranin, founder of Aikido Journal, we organized a survey to get to know the aikido community better and learn more about its priorities. We’ll soon share more data, but the community voiced a clear interest in putting more focus on addressing important challenges facing the world of aikido today.  One such issue

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Internal Power: A Primer

  Internal power is one of the most mystical aspects of the martial arts. Masters of the principle can demonstrate feats that seem impossible to most. O-Sensei’s ability to stand his ground when being pushed by numerous larger opponents or Bruce Lee’s one-inch punch have captivated the imagination of martial artists for decades. Matsuoka Sensei has

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