Kokyu-ho - What about up and down?? Be conscious of ALL directions

Are you focusing on only one plane when doing kokyu-ho? Just forward, left, and right? Or maybe you’re also conscious of “back”?

What about up and down?

Lots of people don’t think about the up and down dynamic in kokyu ho.

In today’s video, I’m going to share...

Continue Reading...
Martial Arts Teacher Training: Practice Beginners Mind ("Shoshin") to avoid Teacher Burnout

Have you ever experienced “Teacher Burnout”? Do you feel like you’re on autopilot and just going through the motions?

First of all, you’re not alone. This happens to lots of instructors.

Secondly, kudos to you for continuing to show up, in spite of feeling burnt out. You...

Continue Reading...
Aikido: Iriminage - Keeping a flexible mind and spontaneity by reversing the turn.

Is it sometimes hard for you or your students to improvise and be spontaneous in your Aikido training? Do you or your students sometimes get stuck in a routine?

In today’s video, I’m going to share a clip from a seminar I did back in 2018 with some of my sempai from Japan.

I enter as...

Continue Reading...
Martial Arts Teacher Training: STOP trying to predict your students' future level of commitment

Have you ever caught yourself trying to predict if an intro student will join the dojo? Or how long they’ll continue training? Or make other kinds of predictions?

When I first started teaching, I found myself doing this often. But I don’t do this anymore. It doesn’t even occur...

Continue Reading...
Aikido: Iriminage - The importance of keeping the hands "quiet" and entering correctly

How’s Iriminage for you? Do you have struggles with it? Do you love it? Do you hate it?

In today’s video, I’m going to share a couple clips from a seminar I did back in 2018 with some of my sempai from Japan.

I mostly address the issue of entering properly and the footwork for...

Continue Reading...
Martial Arts Teacher Training: Make Your Classes Experiential to keep your students motivated

Have you ever had a student who seemed to need clear instructions for every technique, so they never developed to the point of being able to make unique adjustments on their own to each unique moment or situation?

There are so many people who prefer or even seem to NEED to learn by verbal...

Continue Reading...
Ikkyo - How to avoid pushing down or straining upward. Lowering the body as the hands rise.

Do you find yourself trying to push down on your partner’s arm during Ikkyo? Or going up on your tiptoes to reach their arm? Either option doesn’t really serve you.

If you push down, they only get stronger. And if you go up on your tiptoes, you get weaker and less grounded.

In...

Continue Reading...
Martial Arts Teacher Training: Is it OK for a Teacher to Have Favorites?

Have you ever told yourself that as a teacher, you shouldn’t have favorites? You shouldn’t favor one student over the other.

I’ve been teaching for about 40 years and I now believe that while we shouldn’t let ourselves give up on any student, it’s natural and we...

Continue Reading...
Aikido: Irimi nage variation with upward, swinging atemi with shoto

Do you ever use shoto for atemi in Iriminage?

When working with wakizashi, I find it really interesting to let the wakizashi swing upward, along uke’s centerline, rather than go straight to their face, like a jab.

And I find that if I teach my students this way, the atmosphere of the dojo...

Continue Reading...
Conversation with Ukrainian Aikido Instructors: Aikido Fundraiser for Ukraine

Get a glimpse into the lives of real people in Ukraine in this powerful and moving live recorded conversation with five Ukrainian Aikido instructors.

After a brief introduction of each instructor, they each have a turn to answer the following questions:

  1. How has the war impacted your life...
Continue Reading...
Martial Arts Teacher Training: Get Over Yourself to foster a dojo culture of mutual respect

Have you ever been frustrated (or maybe even insulted) with how your students treat you? Do you think they’re not very respectful?

First of all, you’re not alone. A lot of instructors feel this way.

Secondly, you’re not going to like what I have to say on this topic. I’ll...

Continue Reading...
Short Sword as Pointer to help students correct direction of focus

Do you ever use wakizashi or other shoto as a kind of "pointer"?

In today's video, I'm share a couple clips from a seminar I taught back in 2017. In these clips, I use wakizashi more like a "pointer" of sorts to show students where their focus is directed or to remind them of where their focus...

Continue Reading...
1 2 3

Subscribe to my newsletter.

Subscribe to my newsletter and never miss an update.

And when you subscribe, I'll send you a gift!