Fighting for Her Daughter’s Life: Lee Lavi Ramirez Speaks

“Aikido makes strong people.” So says Lee Lavi Ramirez Sensei, former Israeli judo champion and military officer turned aikido instructor and founder of North Valley Aikikai in Northridge, California. The...

The Last Swordsman: The Yoshio Sugino Story, Part 1

Yoshio Sugino, swordsman of Tenshin Shoden Katori Shinto-ryu, is respected worldwide as one of the elder statesmen in the world of Japanese kobujutsu (classical martial arts). Born in 1904, his life has...

Why Aikido is Great for Women

Christina Kelly is an editor for Aikido Journal and has practiced aikido for about a year, currently holding the rank of fourth kyu. She is a professional writer and editor specializing in video games and...

One Year Update: The New Aikido Journal

One year ago, the new Aikido Journal was born. After our founder’s passing and a period of mourning and reflection, we reached out to the aikido community to get guidance and feedback on how we could...

The Thrill of Tameshigiri

Important Note: Tameshigiri is a highly disciplined art that involves intensive training and stringent safety practices. Please do not attempt to wield a sword without proper training and/or supervision. It...

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Patricia Hendricks Interview

We are pleased to release our full interview with Patricia Hendricks Shihan. When we originally filmed this interview, we planned on releasing it in short edited segments. However, in an effort to test different...