Takemusu Aikido Association
Takemusu Aikido Association Dojo Directory
Aikido of Silicon Valley
California Aikido Association
Roanoke Budo Kai
Morihiro Saito's Aiki Ken and Jo on DVD
New Aiki Ken and Jo DVDs from Hoa Newens Sensei, 6th Dan, Aikido Institute Davis
What is Aikido?
The Life of the Founder
Training Rules Posted at Iwama Dojo
Bill Witt Builds the Bridge to Iwama
Structure of Technique Names Common Phrases
Glossary of Aikido Terms
Another good glassary
Kyu and Black Belt Ranking System
Jo and Bokken Suburi
Riai - Combining Weapons and Taijutsu
John Kang, Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine in Richmond
Folding and tying hakama
J.S. Reynolds C.C. Aikido Syllabus
Attacks and Defenses
Ann Dew's Aikido Training Tea
Care and maintenance of wooden weapons
Directions from Narita Airport to Iwama
Aikido games for kids
Aikido Eastside's Practical Self-Defense Reading List
Tozando Co. Ltd., Kyoto
Sei Do Kai Custom Made Jo's and Bokkens
Zanshin Art Weapons bags and Aikido Art
The Kyota Co.
2326 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
Aikido of Arlington, Yvonne Thelwell
Aikido in Fredericksburg, Aviv Goldsmith
Aikido of Northern Virginia, Jim Sorrentino
Takemusu Aiki Dojo, East Coast Division, Gloucester City, NJ
Aikido Today Magazine
Aiki Communications ...
|Morihiro Saito Shihan demonstrates technique with son, Hitohiro.
||Bill Witt Shihan, left, and Tim Sheldon at Randolph-Macon Seminar, Oct. 8, 2006
- Bill Witt, Mark Larson to Hold Joint Seminar in Richmond, Oct. 20-21, 2007
- Chow: A Day in the Life of Wolfdale's, featuring Douglas Dale, 4th Dan
- Saito Shihan's First and Last Uchideshi Visit Richmond in October, 2006
- Mary Heiny at Aikido in the Fan March 2-4, 2007
- Hans Goto in Sarasota March 10-11, 2007
- Bill Witt Visits Randolph-Macon College
- Bill Witt Seminar Photos from 2005
- Photos, Memories of Morihiro Saito
- Saito Sensei: Tributes and Memories
- Columns Featured on AikiWeb
- Hitohiro Saito Visits Reno
- Morihiro Saito Shihan Passes May 13, 2002, in Iwama
- Saito Sensei and Bill Witt: The Early Years
- Photo: Hitohiro Sensei Playing Drum at Seminar Party
- Photos from Hitohiro Saito Seminar
- Outdoor Training Photo in Richmond Times-Dispatch
- Message from Hitohiro Saito Shihan
- Patricia Yarrow's Report from Iwama
- Bill Witt Remembers Saito Sensei
- Hoa Newens: Saito Sensei's Legacy
- Stan Pranin: Morihei Ueshiba and Morihiro Saito
- Bill Witt: Three Ways To Evaluate A Dojo
- Witt Moved by Support for Seventh Dan Promotion
- See Wall St. Journal Story on Aikidoist Richard Heckler
- See Reno Gazette-Journal Story on Reg Reid
- Aikido FAQ website, with visuals
- Bujin Newsletter ...
- News Updates from Aiki Web ...
(Drawing top left, Bryan Park view by Susan Moore.)
Training at J.S. Reynolds C.C.
The principle training site for Bryan Park Aikido is the gym, Room B105, at J.S. Reynolds Community College, 1701 E. Parham Rd., between Woodman and Brook roads. Chief Instructor Tim Sheldon teaches Aikido I and II on Tuesday and Thursday evenings during the school year as part of Physical Education curriculum. See calendar for complete training schedule. Click here for syllabus.
Year-Round, All-Weather Outdoor Training
Bryan Park Aikido's outdoor, all-weather Jo (wooden staff) and bokken (wooden sword) practices continue year-round. The outdoor training includesTaijutsu practice, where the blending movement is practiced without the fall.
There are also separate running suburi practices. We run a one-mile route through the park, stopping at intervals to practice suburi, kumijo and kumitachi. We also do rolling, downhill and uphill, at one point during the run.
The training site is Bryan Park, near the intersection of Bryan Park and Westlake avenues.
Riai - In Aikido, the weapons training is the same as the hand-to-hand training. The basic movement of kotegaeshi or shihonage, for instance, can be done with or without the bokken. This interrelationship of the weapons and hand-to-hand training is called Riai. O'Sensei conducted most of his Riai training in Iwama. You can develop excellent strength and definition in your Aikido techniques by practicing Riai, combining weapons and hand-to-hand training.
The Value of Morning Practice
"You practice early every morning. Why ?
"Master Ueshiba practiced early in the morning, Master Tsuda as well ; I continue to practice early in the morning. That's the first reason. The second reason is that only those who are very determined, very well motivated, come in the morning, because to be here at this time, you must get up at around 5:30 AM. In the morning we are fresher than at the end of the day and it's easier to practice “non-doing”, at least for beginners. We are also more “involuntary” - still a bit half asleep, we are not yet entirely into our “social being” that we use during the day, to encounter others and go about our work : smile when we should, or not; say “thank you”, etc. In the morning we arrive at the dojo still clean, not very structured yet, and there is something more authentic there."
From an interview with Regis Soavi,
by Monica Rossi, “Arti d'Oriente”, February 1999
Discussing the teaching of Itsuo Tsuda (1914-1984)
Katadori Sankyo Omotewaza: John Rhode, left, and Sarah Montgonery, Bryan Park, 12-30-06.
Katadori Nikkyo Urawaza: Peggy Truett, left, and Sarah Montgonery, Bryan Park, 12-30-06.