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The Paradox of Training Aiki and the Solution

One cannot Aiki without producing Aiki. One cannot produce Aiki without having trained Aiki. As a consequence of this being true, one often hears phrases such as, “Just use Aiki.” This is akin to saying, “Just do things correctly. Anything other than correct is wrong.” Of course, if one could “just use Aiki” or “just … Continue reading The Paradox of Training Aiki and the Solution

ASAGAO

To prepare for TDD #1, let us study Asagao 朝顔 あさがお.  Most Aiki folks think of Asagao as a hand posture.  It is so much more than just a hand posture. The first character "asa" means morning, and the second character "gao" means face.  In the West the flower is known as "Morning Glory." First, if … Continue reading ASAGAO

Beebe’s Brains 9/3/2017

The Big WHY? For decades I hid away in my little dojos here or there and tried to keep my head under the radar.  Being both asked to teach seminars and to write, I deferred. Why? To begin with, I didn’t feel I was yet good enough.  I had to teach (in my dojo) because I … Continue reading Beebe’s Brains 9/3/2017

Solo Body Movement Exercises: Outline

The general idea on the thirteen TDD is to introduce the elements of Aiki and then also show how these integrate with the basic body movements of Daito Ryu/Aikido. The TDD also offer a “lab like” environment in which to work and develop both Aiki and Aiki in basic body movements.  It's useful to train … Continue reading Solo Body Movement Exercises: Outline

Beebe Brains 9/2/2017

I was thinking the other day about how science has shown again and again (just Google “science nature sounds”) that most non-threatening nature sounds are calming to humans.  I’m referring to the “white noise” of nature:  a running creek, ocean tides, wind through trees, rain hitting the ground, etc. Then it occurred to me that the … Continue reading Beebe Brains 9/2/2017

Vlog: Squatting on the Grand Tetons

Here is a short video featuring me doing a "box squat" on top of the Grand Tetons.  It is quick but it should give a brief idea of what my version of a box squat looks like.  I'll likely post another Vlog at some point with more detail explaining where forces are going, what rotations … Continue reading Vlog: Squatting on the Grand Tetons

Beebe Brains 8/2/2017

Many of you don't know this, but Superman and I have something in common.  Yes, it is true! Super man and I both wear tights!  Now I know he likes to were his underpants on the outside of his tights while I like to were mine close to my person, but tights are tights! And … Continue reading Beebe Brains 8/2/2017

Tandoku Dosa: An Introduction (Part 1)

What are Tandokudosa? What is the purpose of Tandokudosa? Tandokudosa translates as “solo body movement exercise.” By definition Tandokudosa (TDD from now on) are any exercise done without a partner. So, these movements can be both empty-handed or full, but they must be practiced solo. Shirata Rinjiro created many series of TDD. There are more … Continue reading Tandoku Dosa: An Introduction (Part 1)

Beebe’s Brains 7/24/2017

Hi Everybody, We shot some video and took some pictures on the top of the Grand Tetons, which I will post when I get back.   One vid is of me doing a box squat.  This will directly relate to TDD #1.   Another vid shows me doing a push test with my daughter while … Continue reading Beebe’s Brains 7/24/2017