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Mike Franke
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Thanks to Saturday Class
In my last post, I spoke about the Saturday class that I'll be leaving behind for a while, after having taught it for two and a half years.  Here's a picture of that class, to whom I own a great deal of thanks.  As I said at the end of class: "thank you for...
Thanks to Saturday Class
Thanks to Saturday Class
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Journey to Nidan Begins
Hello, all. A few weeks ago, I requested permission to officially embark on a path to test for the rank of Nidan, which Gaston Sensei approved. Requirements for the rank are as follows: Mastery of core techniques -- both as Uke and as Nage.  The only "new" ...
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I miss teaching already
I've been teaching the Saturday class at our dojo since August 2016.  I blogged about my reasons for deciding I needed to teach, and my experience teaching my first class,  here .  It's time for a change.  I've decided that I want to recover some of my Satu...
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Non-violence
The following is an answer I posted on Quora.com, to the question: “Why is Aikido sometimes considered a ‘non-violent’ martial art?” . . . Great question. Aikido is generally practiced as a “softer,” less violent style of martial art. Some would even say it...
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Time Off
I've been off that mat for a couple of weeks.  Work has piled up and taken over my evenings, and I've had some things to do on the weekends, conflicting with the class I usually teach on Saturdays. I'm really looking forward to getting back on the mat ... a...
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Parking lot chronicles
Story #1 (of 3): Irimi few weeks ago, I was in a car accident.  Well, I hit another car in a parking lot. It was a very crowded, unmarked lot with chaotic parking.  I was driving my big Chevy Tahoe.  I thought I had done a masterful job at backing out in ve...
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I’ve said it before: I practice Aikido because it is a physical manifestation of conflict resolution in everyday life. Well, I just came across a system — a model — that explains this in a really elegant way. For those of you who were in my class on Saturda...
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Humbling
I was working with a junior, but very gifted and very physically strong student yesterday.  We were doing Sankyo.  There was a point in his technique during which he left an opening that I thought he was capable of addressing.  I wanted to point this out to...
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Useless Aikido
Aikido gets a lot of criticism.  Some of it is understandable.  Some of it is emotional, biased, or simply uninformed.   I recently came across a YouTube video that was well conceived, and pointed out some of the challenges that face practitioners of the ar...
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Stay Flexible
 Aikido training can be really, really frustrating.  I've coached many beginners, and many parents of younger beginners, that Aikido is different than most other martial arts, in that the learning is considerably less linear.  I think that this nonlinearity...
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