November 12, 2018
In this podcast episode, Guillaume Erard Sensei (5th dan Aikikai, 3rd dan Daito-ryu aikijujutsu) talks about his experience at the Aikikai Hombu (headquarters) Dojo, the Japanese perspective on Budo and the concept of harmony, and insights he’s gained about aikido through his Daito-ryu training. Guillaume is extremely knowledgable about the technical, cultural, and historical side of aikido and other Budo arts as one of the leading researchers and media producers in the aikido community. We hope you’ll enjoy this conversation with Guillaume.
Learn more about Guillaume Erard and see his work here.
October 23, 2018
“Aikido makes strong people.”
So says Lee Lavi Ramirez Sensei, former Israeli judo champion and military officer turned aikido instructor and founder of North Valley Aikikai in Northridge, California. The pupil of Ichiro Shibata Shihan (8thdan) – who was himself a direct disciple of Kisshomaru Ueshiba – is now marshaling all of her training to face the greatest challenge of her life: her teenage daughter Aria's bone cancer.
Please excuse any background noise you hear during the podcast as Lee was speaking with us from the hospital while Aria was undergoing treatment.
Photo © Gary Payne
Aria's GoFundMe campaign
May 23, 2018
Patricia Hendricks Shihan (7th dan Aikikai) talks about her approach to teaching, the Iwama aikido culture, "mansplaining", Star Trek, and her upcoming projects with Aikido Journal. Join us for this fun and informative discussion with one of the most respected instructors and leaders in the aikido world.
Learn more about Patricia Hendricks' upcoming seminar hosted by Aikido Journal here.
April 16, 2018
Will the next generation of aikido instructors be positioned to take on higher level leadership positions when called to do so? Or have problems in skill transmission handicapped them and risked the integrity of future generations of aikido practitioners?
George Ledyard (7th dan Aikikai), one of the most senior instructors under Mitsugi Saotome, talks with Aikido Journal about the critical role of the uke and dedicated instructor training programs for optimal skill transmission in the art of aikido.
You can find out more about Ledyard sensei's upcoming sword intensive here: http://www.aikieast.com/events/
March 22, 2018
Roy Dean talks with Josh Gold about his media work with Aikido Journal, his experience at the 2005 Aiki Expo, and shares his impressions on Bruce Bookman and Koichi Tohei.
Learn more about our new Ki Aikido course with Koichi Tohei (10th dan):