Albuquerque Iwama Aikido

Albuquerque Iwama Aikido

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Fun fact: in ancient Japan, feudal samurai would record themselves practicing kata whenever it snowed.
Evening, My name is Juan Ortiz. I did come by before the dojo was opened back in January. If it's possible, I would like to come to attend your Adult Class tomorrow evening Tuesday 7/17/18. May back ground has been in Aikido, Karate, Boxing, MMA and Muay Thai. Thank you. Juan Ortiz
Awesome training at the dojo.
Wonderful Grand Opening today.
Come One! Come All! Kid's Classes On the Way! :)
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Albuquerque Iwama Aikido is a group of Aikido practitioners in Albuquerque. , NM Albuquerque Iwama Aikido is a group of new and experienced aikido practitioners or aikidōkas in the Albuquerque area led by Sensei Paul Barrett.

We are located at 4312 Lomas BLVD NE, near Lomas and Washington and next to Grassroots Yoga.

Operating as usual

[09/03/21]   I have two pieces of wonderful news to share with you all.

First, mark your calendars for Saturday, December 11 at 2:00 pm. That’s when Paulina Przystupa will test for her shodan! This is not just a test of Paulina, rather it is a test of the entire dojo. As you know aikido is not competitive but it is incumbent upon the entire Albuquerque Iwama Aikido community to help Paulina prepare for this event in anyway she needs. This may include training with her in off hours as she finds the time, and for instructors to tailor some of the classes for her requirements.

Secondly, Keith Winterkorn and the Chinese Culture Center havve generously invited us to offer a demonstration at their annual Lunar New Years event. This celebration draws 300 - 500 persons so we must start dialing in a demonstration now.

Arigato goziamash*ta!

Paul

[09/01/21]   Beginning next week, September 7, the Tuesday and Thursday morning classes will move to the evenings. They will now begin be held from 7:45 - 8:45 PM on Tuesdays and Thursdays to acommodate Patrick’s new work schedule.

[09/01/21]   Albuquerque Iwama Aikido Community

Well, it’s been a few weeks since we’ve officially reopened, and things are going well. We have one new and a couple of prospective students. As we settle in, I want to remind and reinforce some dojo procedures and aikido traditions.

We are amazingly fortunate to have such a wonderful space in which we can train. The word “dojo” translates to “training hall” but it goes beyond simply a gymnasium. It is in many ways a sacred space, not in a religious way, but in an historical and spiritual manner. As such as we transition from outdoor training as necessitated by the COVID pandemic to a dedicated space with many trappings both specific and significant to aikido, it is important to treat the space, and each other, with the appropriate respect.

Try not to be late for class. As we all know, unexpected things come up from time to time. I’d rather have you late than not train, but that should be the exception. You should be dressed and on the mat, preferably kneeling in line, before the sensei claps to begin the bow in ceremony.

During class do not engage in small talk. Everyone should be respectful and attentive to the Sensei. Small corrections of a partner are acceptable to avoid injury or if he/she/they do not understand a technique, but longer explanations or questions should be directed to the instructor.

Luis is working on finishing our shomen. However, the photo of O Sensei has been mounted on the wall. You should bow in respect when entering or leaving the dojo, and whenever you step on or off the mat. Of course, you should also bow to your training partners. These bows should not be perfunctory, rather they should convey your sincerity and appreciation for the opportunity to train in the dojo and with your partners.

The sempai-kohai relationship is not always as simple as it seems. It is based on Japanese tradition for respect for the elderly and those more learned in a given subject. But it also involves returning the gift of knowledge given to one over time to others.

When training, sempai should always execute the nage side of the technique first. Kohai should defer to sempai on the mat but also with respect to dojo procedures and traditions.

Concurrently, sempai must realize it is important to return the gift of learning to their junior training partners. This should be done willingly, not reluctantly, but with the same respect they give their own sempai. We are all human and have our own faults. Overcoming small slights, often unintentional, is an important part of aikido off the mat. Don’t let grievances fester and accept criticism constructively. It is just as important to give criticism in a constructive and non-threatening manner. And remember body language and facial expressions often speak louder than words! Just like you, this is a constant work in progress for me!

We have a wonderful cohort of instructors. As our lives and work schedules change, times and classes taught by each may occasionally change. At least one of our instructors, Fred Sensei, outranks me and I’m honored to have him in our dojo.

An important aspect of aikido is learning to pass it on to others. Therefore, you will sometimes see a lower ranked aikidoka teaching with his/her/their sempai in the class. If you are the sempai, it is important not to undermine the instructor. Do what they teach and only what they teach. If you see a problem, do not confront them in the middle of the class. Rather, pull them aside after class and explain in a constructive and non-threatening manner, (see above!) what you saw and how you suggest they do the technique or exercise.

One translation of Ai-Ki-Do is “The Way of Harmony”. Many of you have heard me say in references to aikido politics, that for such a martial art we sure do fight among ourselves a lot! That is one of the reasons I want our dojo to be a paragon of harmony, or at least we should strive to be such.

Paul Barrett

Photos from Sunset Cliffs Aikido's post 08/19/2021

Photos from Sunset Cliffs Aikido's post

Photos from Albuquerque Iwama Aikido's post 08/17/2021

First official class in our reopened dojo! I hadn’t worn my hakama or taught a class in about 18 months!

Photos from Albuquerque Iwama Aikido's post 08/13/2021

We had a lot of fun setting up our new #aikido #dojo space in the last few weeks

Classes start next #week, on 16 #August and we hope y'all can join us!

Happy training!

08/09/2021

Read essay here: aikiweb.com/q/ihtbfakimoto

The latest "It Had to Be Felt" essay is now available for your reading pleasure, this time on Akimoto HIdehiro of the Iwama Ibaraki Dojo, written by Carl Thompson.

From the essay: “Akimoto sensei once stated that when training under O-sensei, he did not get involved in the fighting culture that certain other teachers were notorious for. However, he followed this up with a very convincing statement that he knew what to do in a fight, and that the aikido we did in the dojo was a form of budo, which must be effective.”

08/08/2021

www.abqiwamaaikido.com

Thanks again to all that were in town and available to help with the dojo set up. We still have a lot of details to do but we are now functional and can hold classes!

To reiterate, all students must show the Dojo Cho or one of the instructors their COVID vaccination card to participate in any Albuquerque Iwama Aikido activities. NO exceptions. If anyone starts to argue, do not engage, just tell them to contact me. Also, for the time being masks must be worn inside the dojo.

Please see Paulina, Nicholas or me to set up your automatic dues payments on our new accounts

Here is our schedule for the next several weeks.

Monday, August 9, 8:45 - 9:45 am, Nicholas
Wednesday, August 11, 8:30 - 9:30 am, Fred
Friday, August 13, 8:30 - 9:30 am, Fred

Monday, August 16, 5:30 - 6:45 pm, Paul (Aikido Basics)
Tuesday August 17, 8:00 - 9:00 am, Patrick
Wednesday, August 18, 5:15 - 6:15 pm,, Nicholas
Thursday August 19, 8:00 - 9:00 am, Patrick
Friday, August 20, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, Paulina (Women only)

Monday, August, 23, 5:15: - 6:15, Nicholas, 6:30 - 7:30 Fred (Advanced Concepts)
Tuesday August, 24, 8:00 - 9:00 am, Patrick
Wednesday, August 25, 5:30 - 6:6:45 pm, Paul (Aikido Basics)
Thursday August 26, 8:00 - 9:00 am, Patrick
Friday, August 27, 5:30 - 6:30 pm, Paulina (Women only)

I will begin teaching Aiki-Cane on Wednesday evenings as my shoulder improves.

Finally, If any of you have a vacuum cleaner you are not using and wish to donate to the dojo, please bring it in and let me know.

We’re back!

Arigato!

Paul

www.abqiwamaaikido.com

www.abqiwamaaikido.com

08/07/2021

Thanks to all that were able to help today! Painting is done, mats are down and weapons racks are up! Lots more details to do but it’s looking like a dojo!

Thanks to all that were able to help today! Painting is done, mats are down and weapons racks are up! Lots more details to do but it’s looking like a dojo!

Photos from Albuquerque Iwama Aikido's post 07/26/2021

Photos from a wonderful seminar in Santa Fe with Kim Peuser and Damon Apodaca Sensei. Albuquerque Iwama Aikido had four members at the seminar. Way to represent!

07/25/2021
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Hans Goto Shihan Reflects on Aikido Training in Iwama in the 70's 06/28/2021

Hans Goto Shihan Reflects on Aikido Training in Iwama in the 70's

Hans Goto Shihan Reflects on Aikido Training in Iwama in the 70's Hans Goto Shihan was the first non-Japanese to be admitted as a long-term Uchideshi at the Iwama Dojo in Japan. His introduction to Aikido there, by Saito Mo...

06/18/2021

When striking the Aiki Ken consider the mindset.
Every strike affords an opportunity to be in the moment.
Every strike thereafter affords the ability to improve upon the last instant.
Every strike can be made better,
make it anew.
Maintain an honorable quality of mind, have authentic curiosity, move with deliberate honest intent.
Study the awareness that begins internally, to be externally expressed.

Give attention to the senses.
And set aside the interfering, ruminating mind.

06/09/2021

I’m very pleased to announce Albuquerque Iwama Aikido is back!

Keith Winterkorn and the generous folks at the Chinese Cultural Center in Albuquerque have offered us the use of a building adjacent to their beautiful kwoon to set up our dojo. We’ll be moving our equipment and doing some minor build out in July and hope to officially reopen in August.

We will also be switching back from Duke City Dojo to Albuquerque Iwama Aikido.

We’re still working on our schedule and a few other logistics so stay tuned for more information.

Gambatte!!!

06/09/2021

I’m very pleased to announce Albuquerque Iwama Aikido is back!

Keith Winterkorn and the generous folks at the Chinese Cultural Center in Albuquerque have offered us the use of a building adjacent to their beautiful kwoon to set up our dojo. We’ll be moving our equipment and doing some minor build out in July and hope to officially reopen in August.

We will also be switching back from Duke City Dojo to Albuquerque Iwama Aikido.

We’re still working on our schedule and a few other logistics so stay tuned for more information.

Gambatte!!!

I’m very pleased to announce Albuquerque Iwama Aikido is back!

Keith Winterkorn and the generous folks at the Chinese Cultural Center in Albuquerque have offered us the use of a building adjacent to their beautiful kwoon to set up our dojo. We’ll be moving our equipment and doing some minor build out in July and hope to officially reopen in August.

We will also be switching back from Duke City Dojo to Albuquerque Iwama Aikido.

We’re still working on our schedule and a few other logistics so stay tuned for more information.

Gambatte!!!

[02/10/21]   Outdoor meetings in Bernalillo County now raised to 10 persons!

02/09/2021

In the era of #big #maai, practices like these are a great #physicallydistant test of #connection and #blending with your #aikido #partner.

Even so far apart @pjh_phd and @pikthenick maintain connection as they stop, start, and circle while doing the #rokunojo #aikido_techniques

Can you tell whose leading and whose following?

Thanks to @punuckish for capturing the #video

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01/29/2021

Ibaraki Sightseeing

Survey: Want to have a Samurai/Bushido or Edo cultural experience when visiting Japan?
Ibaraki Prefecture has many options!
Check out the video!
※If your device doesn’t display the questions with the video, please refer to the questions below.
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⑤ Which experience shown in the video interests you the most?
Kendo /Aikido/ Kobudo & Momoteshiki/Traditional Japanese dance /Traditional Japanese music performance

▼More tourism information for Ibaraki:
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01/28/2021

Aiki Comics

I don’t remember but probably did this one wrong as well… at least according to our dojo/style/lineage...

Standing bow to the shomen: Handle/hilt to the left, blade edge facing towards you. Weapon held with both hands, shoulder height.

01/22/2021

A very #recent #tbt to #monday

A #windy and #cold day where thanks to the #mlkday #holiday we had enough #aikidoka to #demonstrate this #linked #kumitachi sequence and #film it.

Thanks to @pikthenick and @pjh_phd for #demonstrating and @punuckish for #filming #aikido

01/06/2021

My friend Daniel Brasses Sensei (and he very much is a Sensei!) posted about a note of thanks he received from a student in his kids program. It made me think of this, my favorite Aketa note ever! I miss Malachi a lat!

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Don't Call Yourself "SENSEI" in Karate 🇯🇵🥋❗

Great Information.

youtube.com Japanese Karate sensei Yusuke Nagano from @Karate Dojo waKu in Tokyo reacts to Westerners calling themselves "sensei". Don't overlook this huge mistake! Lear...

01/01/2021

From one of our last in person #physicallydistantbutsociallyconnected #aikido classes in the chilly air of #NewMexico, to saying goodbye to our physical #dojo location back in May, 2020 has been a ride.

However, the awesome #aikidoka of @abqiwamaaikido have made it memorable. From training in the snow in preparation for a first kyu test, to eating purple ube leche flan cake to celebrate a fifth kyu test, we managed to keep it together.

And thank all of y'all for being there to watch us during this transition and for watching out for each other.

Do your best and we will see y'all in the #newyear

12/31/2020

Aikido Institute Davis

Start off the New Year with Kangeiko (mid-winter training). Led by Shidoin Martin Dubcovsky, this free Jan. 25 - Feb. 3 morning training (6-7 a.m. Pacific Standard Time) will cover Bukiwaza and Tanren. Familiarity with Ken and Jo Suburi required. Participants who complete all 10 Zoom sessions will receive a certificate and T-shirt. To register, email [email protected] by Jan 10.

[12/22/20]   “We may encounter many defeats but we must not be defeated.” – Maya Angelou

Usually this time of year I send out a message about past activities in Duke City Dojo/Albuquerque Iwama Aikido and my vision for the upcoming year. Of course this has been anything but the usual year.

In March, as the dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic became manifest, Charlie Stein Sensei and I spent a lot of time analyzing information and contemplating the operation and future of the dojo. We decided to close the dojo, albeit temporarily at the time, before we were required to do so by the Governor. We asked for, and received a reduction run rent from the building’s owners but as the seriousness and long-term nature of the crisis became apparent, we took the very difficult step of permanently closing the dojo on Lomas Boulevard.

This was a very difficult step affecting not only our aikido program but also Sifu Dug Corpolongo’s tai chi and Dr. Andrew Yiannakis’s Wa Shin Ryu jujutsu classes. In retrospect closing the physical dojo was the correct decision. Although we had a small financial cushion it would have been exhausted long before we had any hope of reopening. Furthermore, Charlie Stein Sensei and family unexpectedly relocated to Tucson. As I’ve said in the past, Duke City Dojo would not have existed were it not for the amazing effort by Stein Sensei to get it off the ground as well as extensive teaching schedule. I also relocated to Taos with my wife ands elderly Mother-in-Law to reduce the chances of the latter being exposed to COVID-19.

Duke City Dojo may have closed but thanks to your dedication and spirit we persevere.

Paolo Giudici is kindly storing the mats and other physical assets of the dojo. Nicholas, Patrick, and Lauren, have formed a board and are establishing a non-profit corporation, Active Arts At Duke City Dojo, to acquire these equipment. Along with Paulina, Katie and others, they continue to train outdoors when the weather allows. When, not if, the pandemic wanes and it becomes safe to train indoors and in larger groups, they hope to reestablish an aikido, and perhaps other programs, in some form. This may mean, teaching through the University of New Mexico again, subletting from another martial arts or other school, or perhaps even reestablishing their own physical dojo with other martial arts and yoga. The future may not be clear but is is becoming brighter.

Both Sifu Dug and Dr. Yiannakis continue to offer online classes. We wish them the best and I personally hope to reconnect with then when the pandemic eases.

We did have some successes this past year. Paulina successfully test for ikkyu and Charles Neal finally received his Nidan certificate from Hombu Dojo in Tokyo! It had been delayed for many months in Japan due to the pandemic.

Paulina, has taken over the social media duties for Active Arts at Duke City Dojo and is doing an exceptional job and Nicholas and Patrick have begun weekly aikido classes on Zoom.

As for my future it’s not yet clear but it is promising. Even after the pandemic passes I will reside in Taos. My wife and I intend to travel quite a bit so although I have established another LLC, Gambate Aikido, I’ve yet to decide if I’ll take on any students in Taos. There is also a well established school in Taos, Taos Aikido Kihon Dojo, associated with Matsuoka Haro Sensei where I may train while maintaining my Iwama skills on the side. Whatever I decide I will stay associated with Active Arts at Duke City Dojo to the extent desired by the Board of Directors.

So, let’s all hope for a healthy 2021. In the mean time be safe and continue to wear a mask, wash your hands frequently, and don’t touch your face!

Sensei Paul

Videos (show all)

Balintawak (Escrima) training with Chan Quiambao at Duke City Dojo. #DukeCityDojo.
Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu neawaza practice. #DukeCityDojo
Break falls practice at Wa Shin Ryu Jujutsu training.
Mark Larson Sensei and Tom Rennie demonstrating combined third and fourth kumijo. Slow.
Yudansha multi uke tai no henko training.
A quick video from last night fight choreography class.
Patrick Hudson kotegaishi kaishiwaza - we only got the first half before the memory card filled! He then executed a kote...
Home schoolers, give The Gift Of A New Experience This Year!  Albuquerque Iwama Aikido (soon to be renamed as Duke City ...

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435 Adams St SE
Albuquerque, NM
87108
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