The Heroes of Aikido Journal

Since immersing myself in the Aikido Journal archives and spending time with the journal’s massive community, I’ve become increasingly awed by Stan’s contribution to the art of aikido. He built something truly important that can serve us for generations to come. While it is unquestionable that Stan dedicated his life to this endeavor, it also would not

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The Reboot Begins

After six months of spending time with the community, listening, learning, and observing, we’ve formulated a plan for the future. We’re now ready to begin rebuilding Aikido Journal to best serve the community. This post outlines our vision for Aikido Journal, touches on elements of our high level strategy, and finally, outlines a short-term execution plan that

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Aikido Journal Begins Again

The End of an Era In January 2017, I was contacted late at night by one of Stanley Pranin’s close friends. Stan had fallen ill with serious pain and was taken for medical treatment. He told his friend that if anything happened to him, he should contact me about Aikido Journal. Stan was soon after

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Patricia Hendricks Photo Journal: The Arrival

Later this week, we’ll release the first part of Aikido Journal’s interview with Patricia Hendricks Sensei (7th dan). Our weekend with her was filled with moments of insight, inspiration, and surprise. We’re excited to release the finished action and interview videos, but we also want to share the behind-the-scenes moments. We’ve received such enthusiastic feedback

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Patricia Hendricks Demo: A Case Study in Collaboration

On July 15th and 16th, Aikido Journal invited Patricia Hendricks Shihan (7th dan) down to Ikazuchi Dojo for an interview and video shoot. We used a small part of the action footage we recorded to put together this video. This 3-minute demo showcases Hendricks Sensei’s aikido in 4K HD video and incorporates an original score composed

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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 New Perspective on O-Sensei

Every aikido dojo has a picture of Morihei Ueshiba (O-Sensei) mounted on the front wall of the dojo. As an old man, the venerable founder exudes compassion and enlightenment. At Ikazuchi Dojo, we have a fantastic picture of O-Sensei in his late 70s or early 80s, smiling, but with a piercing gaze. This is how I,

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The Farewell Demonstration

It’s December of 1981 in Osaka, Japan. Steven Seagal Sensei holds a farewell demonstration at an event celebrating his return to America and the founding of Tenshin Dojo in the United States. Seiseki Abe Sensei (10th dan) and Hiroshi Isoyama Sensei (8th dan) are in attendance. The thundering demo takes place in a room with no tatami. Haruo

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