A Beginner’s Guide to Stretching, Part Two

Following on from part one, here are some instructions on stretching techniques: How to Stretch Move slowly into each position until you feel a mild stretch in the target muscle. Only go as far as feels comfortable & stable for you at that time. Breathe & relax. Allow the mind to calm. Maintain the position … Read more

13 Jo Kata

Detailed instructions on how to perform the 13 jo kata, with a demonstration video from Sensei Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros.

How I Built my Tanren Uchi

Two or three months ago I built myself a tanren uchi. Afterwards I realised that I should have taken some pictures to illustrate how I did it so that I could write a brief “how to”, as I couldn’t find anything like this on the web when I looked before building mine.

Aikido Beginners: Hints & Tips

When we first start training aikido it can all seem a bit overwhelming. There’s a lot to take on board & our minds are a little overloaded. Hopefully, these hints & tips will help to clarify things by removing some of the ‘noise’ (excessive thoughts & superfluous movements) that can distract you.