Takemusu Aikido Association
Association Dojo Directory
of Silicon Valley
California Aikido Association
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
Rules Posted at Iwama Dojo
Bill Witt Builds the Bridge to Iwama
Technique Names Common Phrases
Glossary of Aikido Terms
Another good glassary
Kyu and Black
Belt Ranking System
Jo and Bokken Suburi
Riai - Combining Weapons
Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine in Richmond
Reynolds C.C. Aikido Syllabus
Attacks and Defenses
Ann Dew's Aikido Training Tea
maintenance of wooden weapons
from Narita Airport to Iwama
games for kids
Eastside's Practical Self-Defense Reading List
Tozando Co. Ltd.,
Sei Do Kai Custom Made Jo's and
Zanshin Art Weapons bags and
The Kyota Co.
2326 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
Aikido of Arlington,
Fredericksburg, Aviv Goldsmith
Northern Virginia, Jim Sorrentino
Takemusu Aiki Dojo, East Coast Division, Gloucester City, NJ
Saito Shihan demonstrates technique with son, Hitohiro.
||Bill Witt Shihan, left, and Tim Sheldon at Randolph-Macon Seminar, Oct. 8,
- 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
Heiny at Aikido in the Fan March 2-4, 2007
Goto in Sarasota March 10-11, 2007
- Bill Witt Visits Randolph-Macon College
Witt Seminar Photos from 2005
Memories of Morihiro Saito
Sensei: Tributes and Memories
Featured on AikiWeb
- Hitohiro Saito Visits Reno
- Morihiro Saito Shihan Passes May 13, 2002, in Iwama
Sensei and Bill Witt: The Early Years
- Photo: Hitohiro Sensei Playing Drum at Seminar Party
from Hitohiro Saito Seminar
- Outdoor Training Photo in Richmond Times-Dispatch
- Message from Hitohiro Saito Shihan
Yarrow's Report from Iwama
- Bill Witt Remembers Saito Sensei
Newens: Saito Sensei's Legacy
- Stan Pranin: Morihei Ueshiba and Morihiro Saito
- Bill Witt: Three Ways To Evaluate A Dojo
Moved by Support for Seventh Dan Promotion
Wall St. Journal Story on Aikidoist Richard Heckler
- See Reno Gazette-Journal Story on Reg Reid
FAQ website, with visuals
- Bujin Newsletter ...
- News Updates
from Aiki Web ...
(Drawing top left, Bryan Park view by Susan
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,
Katadori Nikkyo Urawaza: Peggy Truett, left, and Sarah Montgonery, Bryan Park, 12-30-06.