Changes in Aikido’s Curriculum: Is it Really Warranted?

In an intimate room, painted with large wall posters and filled with recording equipment and small computer monitors, two men sit at opposite ends of a table donning headphones and conversing through microphones. To one side sits Joe Rogan, the comedian/martial arts podcaster and on the other, sits neuroscientist Andrew Hill. In the course of … Continue reading Changes in Aikido’s Curriculum: Is it Really Warranted?

The Way of Harmony in a Western World by Michael Aloia

A short essay on aikido and budo in the Western world.   There are those things in life that often are a self-contained conundrum – where what you see isn’t what you get; where what you think you have is actually something completely different, and where things actually get harder the longer you do it. … Continue reading The Way of Harmony in a Western World by Michael Aloia

More Than Just Falling: The Art of Self-Preservation

A short piece discussing the concept and the practice of ukemi, usually translated or defined as "the art of falling." Here, we try to look past this surface definition or translation. This originally appeared in jujitsu pioneer Geroge Kirby's Kokoro newsletter in March 2019 issue.   In the traditional Japanese martial arts, many practitioners learn that … Continue reading More Than Just Falling: The Art of Self-Preservation