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Patience in Aikido – Finding Patience in Martial Arts in Baltimore

Patience is accepting the small changes, the incremental steps along a journey. Patience is knowing the summit of the mountain is not around the corner but still basking and enjoying the scenery. Patience is difficult when one is excited, empowered, forward thinking. Patience is hard in our modern society because we move, we go, we rush from task to task.

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Definitions in Aikido – Martial Arts in Towson

One of the characteristics of a culture or sub-culture are specific words that are usually only understood by members of that culture. The culture of Aikido is no different and as you become more and more a part of the culture you will learn many terms that will become central to your conversations with other Aikidoka (those who do Aikido). Read more

Women in Aikido

Aikido is a martial art that is good for anyone, mostly because the skills needed to be effective are not based on pure strength but are instead based on defensively using the power of another. Some would say this is why Aikido is a perfect art for women. However, there are many women with the same strength as the men around them. They take on physical challenges and literally knock them down. Read more

Why Aikido is the Best New Year’s Resolution

Imagine sitting on your couch in Baltimore, your party went well and you are heading to bed after cheering in the new year. You’ve spent the last week considering what you wish to do in the new year, perhaps move to a new house in Towson, or perhaps do more walking around the Mt. Washington area of Baltimore. You might lose weight, be a bit more introspective, and you’ve thought about learning how to be better at listening and understanding others. You’ve given serious thought to learning a martial art but you can’t quite put your finger on which one. Read more

Kinokawa Aikido – The History of Aikido

In many ways, Aikido is a modern take on the ancient martial arts. Aikido was founded by Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969) in Tokyo, Japan in 1942. This martial art was influenced significantly by Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu which itself dates back to somewhere between 780-1200 CE. Sensei Ueshiba began to move away from that style partly due to the influence of his relationship with Oomoto, a Shinto faith that teaches a doctrine focused on world harmony and peace. That being said, Ueshiba focused on the practical and universal aspects of being in harmony with one another and this aspect is still important in Aikido. O’Sensei also studied Tenjin Shin’yō-ryū, Gotōha Yagyū Shingan-ryū, and Judo. Kinokawa Aikido also derives technical structure from the art of swordsmanship, Kenjutsu. Read more

Kids in Aikido

We’ve talked before in this blog about the benefit of concentration and calmness that Aikido helps to instill in adults. This benefit exists for children as well. Our world has an inordinate amount of challenges that are regularly asking for our attention. If your kids are in the Baltimore school system, I’m sure you are aware of the many distractions they face on a day to day basis. Aikido and Kids Karate can help with that. Read more

Why Choking and Kick Defense is Important

You train, you meditate, you learn, and you begin to internalize the principles of Aikido deep into your daily life. Then, you find yourself walking a street in Baltimore you probably should have avoided. You run into a person who sees you as a target. You’ve been studying Aikido, though. Moreover, you’ve also been studying your own body and you know your weak points. You know that the neck is an easy target and one of the most vulnerable points on your body. You know that defending against kicks is important because of the power we hold in our legs. The point? You know that Aikido is not simply about the spiritual journey, but also about finding ways to defend oneself when needed. Read more

Why Not Aikido?

How do you choose an exercise plan? Do you consider the specific parts of the body you want to condition, and target accordingly? How about doing a Google search for gyms in Baltimore, Towson, and Mt. Washington hoping to find one you didn’t realize existed right around the corner? Or, are you the type of person to want a full mind and body workout that develops defense skills and brings you into greater personal harmony? I suppose the last question is a leading one, but it is leading for a very good reason. Read more

What Does Honest Aikido Training Look Like?

Honesty is the best policy. In Aikido, honesty shouldn’t just be a policy, it should be an integral part of your training. There are many martial arts group you can ‘practice’ with in Baltimore where your training is 90 percent social club and 10 percent martial. Read more

Rolling in Aikido – The Proper Way

“The history of ukemi: A big fat bully was really tired. He saw a skinny little guy who looked like he had a lot of energy. He grunted “You carry me” as he went to climb aboard the hapless fellow’s back. The skinny little guy executed a perfect forward roll. Being too focused on the predicament in which he had found himself he never did make exact sense of what the bully said, replying “ukemi, indeed!” as he walked away. And to this day we call our rolls and falls “ukemi” in his honor.” –Janet Rosen

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5 Reasons Baltimore Aikido Will Change the Way You Think

Whether you are in Baltimore or training in the martial art of Aikido in Japan, there are benefits and joys to be found in this modern expression of the ancient code of Bushido. These are benefits that will help your body and also help alter the way you think about the world around you. Read more

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What Members of Falls Road Aikido Have to Say:

"My training in Kinokawa Aikido has been one of the most influential experiences of my life. Real and honest budo training has allowed me to become thoughtfully calm and patient in my everyday experiences. Effortless and unexpected power are now regular companions of my being. It is a true honor to share this amazing martial art with the people who choose to show up on the mat week after week and year after year. I welcome anyone who would like to live with more grace to stop by roll around on the mat with us."

Sempai Cara-Michele Nether July 2, 2015

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