Photo Journal: Anna Gallagher

A photo journal featuring Anna Gallagher, shot at the Aikido Center of Atlanta by Kelly Truitt. Anna Gallagher (nidan) is Dojo Manager and Director of the Children’s Program at the Aikido Center of...

The Doshu Comes to California

As of Emperor Naruhito’s ascendance to the Chrysanthemum Throne on May 1, the new imperial era Reiwa (令和) has begun in Japan. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe described the term as “culture coming into being...

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...

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