The Jo and Aikido by Antonio Aloia and Michael Aloia

The jo; the short staff; a long stick. Not sharp but blunt. It can’t cut a limb off, but it can bludgeon and injure one, rendering the limb useless. However, several direct blows to the head could have a grave outcome as well. The jo is a weapon wielded in aikido training. But what do … Continue reading The Jo and Aikido by Antonio Aloia and Michael Aloia

Aikido Philosophy: A Budo Life by Michael Aloia

A short essay relating aikido's philosophy with the concept of a budo life.   Over the years as the Art of Aikido has grown and reached new generations of practitioners and followers, many interpretations of its definition as well as its philosophy have been offered.  Some maintain a vague reference, whereas others have delved into … Continue reading Aikido Philosophy: A Budo Life by Michael Aloia