Aikido Center of Los Angeles

A not-for-profit traditional dojo dedicated to the traditions of Aikido & Iaido. We are the only dojo in LA officially recognized in Japan by Hombu dojo

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10/22/2021

Aiki Dojo Message - Cut Off Your Head

死から目覚め生き返る
Shi kara mezame ikikaeru
Wake from death and return to life

Martial arts training is supposed to be about change. Simply speaking, we are supposed to enter the dojo as one person and exit as someone completely different. A dojo is a place that is supposed to be a respite from the outside world - a place where we can go and let the outside world and all of its distractions fall away. Reverend Kensho Furuya Sensei used to say, “Cut off your head and leave it at the door.” We “cut off our heads” to leave the BS and all of the other worldly distractions outside. Our day to day lives can be very fast paced and overwhelming and in the dojo, we learn how to slow our minds down. In training, we learn how to distinguish the difference between what is important versus what is urgent. For instance, when someone strikes at us, the strike is urgent but what is more important is how we deal with that act mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. If we allow our minds to be overly distracted by the strike, then we will act inappropriately and most likely get hit. If we stay calm and focused, then we will most likely maneuver appropriately and not get hit. In the dojo, we are cut down over and over as means of rejuvenation or purification. Death in this sense is the death of our egos and with that death comes a sense of calmness. Samurai Kaibara Ekken said, “A noble man controls frivolity with gravity, awaits action in a state of calm. It is important for the spirit to be whole, the mood steady, and the mind unmoving.” This may seem overly simplistic idealistically, but it is super complicated in a practical sense, but that is why we train and that is why a dojo is such a special place. In class, there are numerous things that we can bring into the dojo which can distract us from the moment and when we add in attacks, it is easy to lose sight of the moment, our presence and our calmness. Come to the dojo, destroy your self and return back to life as a better person.

Today’s goal: Commit to change. How can you create the space for change today?

Watch Furuya Sensei's brief explanation of Aikido
https://youtu.be/N3uGGNd77iA

This post appears in a slightly different form @ www.aikidocenterla.com/blog

#aikido #aikikai #budo #sensei #acladojomessage #aikidocenterla #kodokaidojo #dtla #dtlaartsdistrict #littletokyo #budoquotes #kenshofuruya #aikidosalamanca #aikidolosangeles #hombu #dojo #theaikidojo #dojokodokai #salamancaaikikai #aikidokodokai

Aiki Dojo Message - Cut Off Your Head

死から目覚め生き返る
Shi kara mezame ikikaeru
Wake from death and return to life

Martial arts training is supposed to be about change. Simply speaking, we are supposed to enter the dojo as one person and exit as someone completely different. A dojo is a place that is supposed to be a respite from the outside world - a place where we can go and let the outside world and all of its distractions fall away. Reverend Kensho Furuya Sensei used to say, “Cut off your head and leave it at the door.” We “cut off our heads” to leave the BS and all of the other worldly distractions outside. Our day to day lives can be very fast paced and overwhelming and in the dojo, we learn how to slow our minds down. In training, we learn how to distinguish the difference between what is important versus what is urgent. For instance, when someone strikes at us, the strike is urgent but what is more important is how we deal with that act mentally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. If we allow our minds to be overly distracted by the strike, then we will act inappropriately and most likely get hit. If we stay calm and focused, then we will most likely maneuver appropriately and not get hit. In the dojo, we are cut down over and over as means of rejuvenation or purification. Death in this sense is the death of our egos and with that death comes a sense of calmness. Samurai Kaibara Ekken said, “A noble man controls frivolity with gravity, awaits action in a state of calm. It is important for the spirit to be whole, the mood steady, and the mind unmoving.” This may seem overly simplistic idealistically, but it is super complicated in a practical sense, but that is why we train and that is why a dojo is such a special place. In class, there are numerous things that we can bring into the dojo which can distract us from the moment and when we add in attacks, it is easy to lose sight of the moment, our presence and our calmness. Come to the dojo, destroy your self and return back to life as a better person.

Today’s goal: Commit to change. How can you create the space for change today?

Watch Furuya Sensei's brief explanation of Aikido
https://youtu.be/N3uGGNd77iA

This post appears in a slightly different form @ www.aikidocenterla.com/blog

#aikido #aikikai #budo #sensei #acladojomessage #aikidocenterla #kodokaidojo #dtla #dtlaartsdistrict #littletokyo #budoquotes #kenshofuruya #aikidosalamanca #aikidolosangeles #hombu #dojo #theaikidojo #dojokodokai #salamancaaikikai #aikidokodokai

10/21/2021

Throwback Thursday - Big Pictures, Small Details

Reverend Kensho Furuya Sensei posted this to his Daily Message on February 11, 2002.

In some cases, we can say that if we see the big picture then the small details will take care of themselves. At the same time, a huge skyscraper can be toppled down because of a small hairline fracture in one essential support beam. Wisdom means to know how to see what we are seeing and to see it correctly and in the right proportion. In some things, we must look at the tiniest details and some other things it is better just to keep focused on the bigger picture.

In dealing with fellow human beings, it is best to know when to see that small character flaws which may result in big trouble later on. However, in some cases, its better to ignore the minor flaws and concentrate on the person as a whole. This takes practice but is essential to an instructor of Aikido when teaching their students.

When a student is making a mistake in the technique, it is sometimes best to correct it immediately so that the student knows that it is incorrect. Sometimes, it is better simply to wait and observe to see if the student will eventually correct it themselves. In everything, we must use wisdom and this means that everything has its own particular way of being looking at. Each human being must be understood in their own unique and particular way.

To view humans is something like looking at a fine samurai sword. We must look very closely to detect any flaws or imperfections in the forging. Yet to appreciate its great beauty, we must see it at a distance. Getting to know the sword means to understand its usefulness and strength by appreciating its balance and weight. And finally, no matter how bad the condition of the blade may be with rust and scratches, we should be able to see its true quality underneath all of the damage and know that, once it is polished, how beautiful and worthy it will finally turn out to be.

Read this post or other message posts here: www.aikidocenterla.com/blog

Read more about Furuya Sensei here: http://www.aikidocenterla.com/furuyasensei

#aikido #aikikai #budo #sensei #acladojomessage #aikidocenterla #kodokaidojo #dtla #dtlaartsdistrict #littletokyo #budoquotes #kenshofuruya #aikidosalamanca #aikidolosangeles #hombu #dojo #theaikidojo #dojokodokai #salamancaaikikai #aikidokodoka

Throwback Thursday - Big Pictures, Small Details

Reverend Kensho Furuya Sensei posted this to his Daily Message on February 11, 2002.

In some cases, we can say that if we see the big picture then the small details will take care of themselves. At the same time, a huge skyscraper can be toppled down because of a small hairline fracture in one essential support beam. Wisdom means to know how to see what we are seeing and to see it correctly and in the right proportion. In some things, we must look at the tiniest details and some other things it is better just to keep focused on the bigger picture.

In dealing with fellow human beings, it is best to know when to see that small character flaws which may result in big trouble later on. However, in some cases, its better to ignore the minor flaws and concentrate on the person as a whole. This takes practice but is essential to an instructor of Aikido when teaching their students.

When a student is making a mistake in the technique, it is sometimes best to correct it immediately so that the student knows that it is incorrect. Sometimes, it is better simply to wait and observe to see if the student will eventually correct it themselves. In everything, we must use wisdom and this means that everything has its own particular way of being looking at. Each human being must be understood in their own unique and particular way.

To view humans is something like looking at a fine samurai sword. We must look very closely to detect any flaws or imperfections in the forging. Yet to appreciate its great beauty, we must see it at a distance. Getting to know the sword means to understand its usefulness and strength by appreciating its balance and weight. And finally, no matter how bad the condition of the blade may be with rust and scratches, we should be able to see its true quality underneath all of the damage and know that, once it is polished, how beautiful and worthy it will finally turn out to be.

Read this post or other message posts here: www.aikidocenterla.com/blog

Read more about Furuya Sensei here: http://www.aikidocenterla.com/furuyasensei

#aikido #aikikai #budo #sensei #acladojomessage #aikidocenterla #kodokaidojo #dtla #dtlaartsdistrict #littletokyo #budoquotes #kenshofuruya #aikidosalamanca #aikidolosangeles #hombu #dojo #theaikidojo #dojokodokai #salamancaaikikai #aikidokodoka

10/20/2021

The Aiki Dojo 2 Minute Technique - Kata-tori/Shoulder Grab

David Ito Sensei, Aikido 5th Dan demonstrates the basics of Kata-tori (肩取り) or “single-sided shoulder grab” in Aikido. Kata-tori is one of the basic attacks. Initially kata-tori is done statically so that the beginner can learn how to negotiate a strong immobilizing attack and test their composure. With time and experience, a student learns to use the strength of the attack and transfer it into the defensive technique.

Let us know if you want us to do a full length video on this or any other topic.
Sometimes there's no time to read a lengthy message or watch a long documentary. So we've created these quick and easy 2 minute techniques to help you improve your Aikido technique and knowledge. Keep an eye out for them every Wednesday.

Enjoy!

Watch the video: https://youtu.be/oBU_ayZYVgU

Watch the Pro Tip addendum video: https://youtu.be/_sk0nvVnCGU

#aikido #aikikai #hombu #dojo #budo #sensei #acladojomessage #aikidocenterla #kodokaidojo #dtla #dtlaartsdistrict #littletokyo #budoquotes #kenshofuruya #theaikidojo #aikidosalamanca #aikidolosangeles #dojokodokai #salamancaaikikai #aikidokodokai #2minuteaikido #合気道 #武道 #肩取り

10/20/2021

The Aiki Dojo 2 Minute Technique - Kata-tori/Shoulder Grab

David Ito Sensei, Aikido 5th Dan demonstrates the basics of Kata-tori (肩取り) or “single-sided shoulder grab” in Aikido. Kata-tori is one of the basic attacks. Initially kata-tori is done statically so that the beginner can learn how to negotiate a strong immobilizing attack and test their composure. With time and experience, a student learns to use the strength of the attack and transfer it into the defensive technique.

Let us know if you want us to do a full length video on this or any other topic.
Sometimes there's no time to read a lengthy message or watch a long documentary. So we've created these quick and easy 2 minute techniques to help you improve your Aikido technique and knowledge. Keep an eye out for them every Wednesday.

Enjoy!

Watch the video: https://youtu.be/oBU_ayZYVgU

Watch the Pro Tip addendum video: https://youtu.be/_sk0nvVnCGU

#aikido #aikikai #hombu #dojo #budo #sensei #acladojomessage #aikidocenterla #kodokaidojo #dtla #dtlaartsdistrict #littletokyo #budoquotes #kenshofuruya #theaikidojo #aikidosalamanca #aikidolosangeles #dojokodokai #salamancaaikikai #aikidokodokai #2minuteaikido #合気道 #武道 #肩取り

10/20/2021

The Aiki Dojo 2 Minute Technique - Kata-tori/Shoulder Grab

David Ito Sensei, Aikido 5th Dan demonstrates the basics of Kata-tori (肩取り) or “single-sided shoulder grab” in Aikido. Kata-tori is one of the basic attacks. Initially kata-tori is done statically so that the beginner can learn how to negotiate a strong immobilizing attack and test their composure. With time and experience, a student learns to use the strength of the attack and transfer it into the defensive technique.

Let us know if you want us to do a full length video on this or any other topic.
Sometimes there's no time to read a lengthy message or watch a long documentary. So we've created these quick and easy 2 minute techniques to help you improve your Aikido technique and knowledge. Keep an eye out for them every Wednesday.

Enjoy!

Watch the video: https://youtu.be/oBU_ayZYVgU

Watch the Pro Tip addendum video: https://youtu.be/_sk0nvVnCGU

#aikido #aikikai #hombu #dojo #budo #sensei #acladojomessage #aikidocenterla #kodokaidojo #dtla #dtlaartsdistrict #littletokyo #budoquotes #kenshofuruya #theaikidojo #aikidosalamanca #aikidolosangeles #dojokodokai #salamancaaikikai #aikidokodokai #2minuteaikido #合気道 #武道 #肩取り

Kata-tori - The Aiki Dojo 2 Minute Technique #aikido #aikidocenterla #aikidosalamancaaikikai #budo 10/20/2021

Kata-tori - The Aiki Dojo 2 Minute Technique #aikido #aikidocenterla #aikidosalamancaaikikai #budo

The Aiki Dojo 2 Minute Technique - Kata-tori/Shoulder Grab

David Ito Sensei, Aikido 5th Dan demonstrates the basics of Kata-tori (肩取り) or “single-sided shoulder grab” in Aikido. Kata-tori is one of the basic attacks. Initially kata-tori is done statically so that the beginner can learn how to negotiate a strong immobilizing attack and test their composure. With time and experience, a student learns to use the strength of the attack and transfer it into the defensive technique.

Let us know if you want us to do a full length video on this or any other topic.


Sometimes there's no time to read a lengthy message or watch a long documentary. So we've created these quick and easy 2 minute techniques to help you improve your Aikido technique and knowledge. Keep an eye out for them every Wednesday.

Enjoy!

Watch the addendum Pro Tip for this video: https://youtu.be/_sk0nvVnCGU

#aikido #aikikai #hombu #dojo #budo #sensei #acladojomessage #aikidocenterla #kodokaidojo #dtla #dtlaartsdistrict #littletokyo #budoquotes #kenshofuruya #theaikidojo #aikidosalamanca #aikidolosangeles #dojokodokai #salamancaaikikai #aikidokodokai #2minuteaikido #合気道 #武道 #肩取り

https://youtu.be/oBU_ayZYVgU

Kata-tori - The Aiki Dojo 2 Minute Technique #aikido #aikidocenterla #aikidosalamancaaikikai #budo The Aiki Dojo 2 Minute Technique - Kata-tori/Shoulder GrabDavid Ito Sensei, Aikido 5th Dan demonstrates the basics of Kata-tori (肩取り) or “single-sided should...

10/19/2021

The digital copy of our Aiki Dojo Newsletter is now available. You can also read every newsletter dating back to 1985. Click this link to read it: http://www.aikidocenterla.com/newsletter

#aikido #aikikai #budo #sensei #acladojomessage #aikidocenterla #kodokaidojo #dtla #dtlaartsdistrict #littletokyo #budoquotes #kenshofuruya #aikidosalamanca #aikidolosangeles #hombu #dojo #theaikidojo #dojokodokai #salamancaaikikai #aikidokodokai

The digital copy of our Aiki Dojo Newsletter is now available. You can also read every newsletter dating back to 1985. Click this link to read it: http://www.aikidocenterla.com/newsletter

#aikido #aikikai #budo #sensei #acladojomessage #aikidocenterla #kodokaidojo #dtla #dtlaartsdistrict #littletokyo #budoquotes #kenshofuruya #aikidosalamanca #aikidolosangeles #hombu #dojo #theaikidojo #dojokodokai #salamancaaikikai #aikidokodokai

10/18/2021

Aiki Dojo Message - Self-Made

捕り手
Torite
The art of defeating an opponent with one's bare hands

Through the process of training, a martial artist becomes a tatakiagenohito (叩き上げの人) or “self-made person.” Reverend Kensho Furuya Sensei likened the process of one’s development to the forging of a samurai sword when he said, “A samurai sword is made by folding the layers of iron over on themselves over and over to create a thousand layers of iron which actually crisscross in a mesh giving the sword its great strength and resiliency. In the same way, the correct repetition of the techniques over and over again in one's practice creates many layers of understanding within one’s body and mind in the same way a samurai sword is forged.” When a person makes something out of themselves, the Japanese call it kuuken (空拳) or “from nothing.” Kuuken literally translates as “air fist.” One can posit from the literal translation that one makes something from nothing with their fists, but not in a literal “fighting” sense. The fist is a metaphor for overcoming some obstacle with your own hands and a fighting spirit. Every martial art begins with learning how to torite (捕り手) or “defeat an opponent with one's bare hands.” Essentially, we learn how to make something happen with our own hands. Where there was once nothing, with training, we can now do something. This is very apparent in class when we do kakari keiko (掛稽古) or “continuous attack practice.” In kakari keiko we are grabbed or struck over and over. In the beginning, we freeze and can’t do anything, but later, with time and training, we are able to not only deftly negotiate the attack but also do so with calmness and finesse. Learning how to calmly and proficiently subdue others teaches us the single most important thing in martial arts training: we alone control the course of our lives, and, with these hands, we can achieve anything that we set our minds to. Every person who studies a martial art becomes a self-made person, sooner or later.

Today’s goal: What can you make or who can you become with your own bare hands?

This post appears in a slightly different form @ www.aikidocenterla.com/blog
#aikido #aikikai #budo #sensei #acladojomessage #aikidocenterla #kodokaidojo #dtla #dtlaartsdistrict #littletokyo #budoquotes #kenshofuruya #aikidosalamanca #aikidolosangeles #hombu #dojo #theaikidojo #dojokodokai #salamancaaikikai #aikidokodokai

Aiki Dojo Message - Self-Made

捕り手
Torite
The art of defeating an opponent with one's bare hands

Through the process of training, a martial artist becomes a tatakiagenohito (叩き上げの人) or “self-made person.” Reverend Kensho Furuya Sensei likened the process of one’s development to the forging of a samurai sword when he said, “A samurai sword is made by folding the layers of iron over on themselves over and over to create a thousand layers of iron which actually crisscross in a mesh giving the sword its great strength and resiliency. In the same way, the correct repetition of the techniques over and over again in one's practice creates many layers of understanding within one’s body and mind in the same way a samurai sword is forged.” When a person makes something out of themselves, the Japanese call it kuuken (空拳) or “from nothing.” Kuuken literally translates as “air fist.” One can posit from the literal translation that one makes something from nothing with their fists, but not in a literal “fighting” sense. The fist is a metaphor for overcoming some obstacle with your own hands and a fighting spirit. Every martial art begins with learning how to torite (捕り手) or “defeat an opponent with one's bare hands.” Essentially, we learn how to make something happen with our own hands. Where there was once nothing, with training, we can now do something. This is very apparent in class when we do kakari keiko (掛稽古) or “continuous attack practice.” In kakari keiko we are grabbed or struck over and over. In the beginning, we freeze and can’t do anything, but later, with time and training, we are able to not only deftly negotiate the attack but also do so with calmness and finesse. Learning how to calmly and proficiently subdue others teaches us the single most important thing in martial arts training: we alone control the course of our lives, and, with these hands, we can achieve anything that we set our minds to. Every person who studies a martial art becomes a self-made person, sooner or later.

Today’s goal: What can you make or who can you become with your own bare hands?

This post appears in a slightly different form @ www.aikidocenterla.com/blog
#aikido #aikikai #budo #sensei #acladojomessage #aikidocenterla #kodokaidojo #dtla #dtlaartsdistrict #littletokyo #budoquotes #kenshofuruya #aikidosalamanca #aikidolosangeles #hombu #dojo #theaikidojo #dojokodokai #salamancaaikikai #aikidokodokai

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Rev. Kensho Furuya demonstrating Aikido in Little Tokyo in 1988
David Ito Sensei teaching Paula Abdul to throw her friend Darnell Cox. #aikido #littletokyo #aikidocenterla #budo #littl...
Here is the latest promotional video for the Terasaki Budokan, a project of Little Tokyo Service Center. David Ito Sense...
I was looking for something to watch on tv while I was eating my lunch and I serendipitously came across this movie Die ...
Rehearsing while shooting a video for the Terasaki Budokan, a project of Little Tokyo Service Center. Michael Van Ruth i...
Here’s some footage of David Ito Sensei throwing Michael Van Ruth for a video for the Terasaki Budokan, a project of Lit...
The mochi pounding has started. Let the good times begin. #mochitsuki #mochi #littletokyo #zenshuji #aikidocenterla
Wonderful irimi nage by Ken Watanabe Sensei, Aikido 6th Dan. From the Aikido Kodokai Salamanca- España 20th anniversary ...

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