Hakama 101

Origin of the Hakama The Hakama are traditional Japanese pants, originally worn over a kimono by members of the higher classes of society. Its origins may be found in the Heian era (794-1185), when women of...

‘I’d rather see him as a human being’: Yoshimitsu Yamada on O-Sensei and the Future of Aikido

In 1955, Yoshimitsu Yamada was accepted to the Hombu Dojo uchi deshi program (live-in apprentice) at age 18. He studied directly under the founder, as well as Kissomaru Ueshiba, Koichi Tohei, Kisaburo Osawa...

A True Aiki Swordsman: Philip Greenwood on Shoji Nishio

Philip Greenwood Sensei is the chief instructor and co-founder of Greenwood Aikido in Temecula, California as well as the president of the Nishikaze Aikido Society of America, a 501(c)(3) non-profit public...

Correcting Her Mom on the Mat: An Interview with Rachael MacQuarrie

Fifteen-year-old Rachael MacQuarrie may be two feet smaller than some folks in class, but after almost four years of aikido study under Bruce Bookman at Tenzan Aikido in Seattle, she’s attained the rank of 2nd...

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