Video: Jo Kata 1

In this instructional video, Azzia Walker Sensei demonstrates our first 22-move jo kata. The video was directed, filmed, and edited by Steve Tomich Sensei. That’s Alan Hodges Sensei playing the role of Azzia Sensei’s primary attacker, with Nick Walker Sensei … Read more

Black Belt Q&A with Azzia Walker Sensei

Azzia Walker Sensei is Dojo Manager at the Aiki Arts Center, runs our award-winning Youth Aikido Program, and teaches our Friday evening classes. This Q&A with Azzia Sensei is part of a series of interviews with the Aiki Arts Center … Read more

Black Belt Q&A with Joy Reichart Sensei

Joy Reichart Sensei teaches the Monday night beginner class at the Aiki Arts Center. This Q&A with Joy Sensei is part of a series of interviews with the Aiki Arts Center yudansha (black belts). How did you get started with … Read more

Black Belt Q&A with Alan Hodges Sensei

Alan Hodges Sensei is a longtime aikido practitioner and a member of the Aiki Arts Center instructor team. This Q&A with Alan Sensei is part of a series of interviews with the Aiki Arts Center yudansha (black belts). How did … Read more

Black Belt Q&A with Steve Tomich Sensei

Steve Tomich Sensei is a longtime aikido practitioner a member of the Aiki Arts Center instructor team. This Q&A with Steve Sensei is part of a series of interviews with the Aiki Arts Center yudansha (black belts). How did you … Read more

Video: Jo Kata 2

Aiki Arts Center instructors Alan Hodges Sensei and Steve Tomich Sensei created this instructional video on the second 22-move jo kata we practice in our dojo. That’s Alan Sensei demonstrating the kata, and Steve Sensei attacking him during the partner … Read more

I Thought I Was Better Than This

By Joy Reichart Sensei, Beginner Class Instructor Commitments Commitments are always tested. Have you found that? Stuff we promise to ourselves and to other people—resolutions, relationships, recovery, things that don’t start with “r”—are constantly challenged, called into question. When they … Read more

Always Something: Persistence and the Challenges of Aikido Practice

By Joy Reichart Sensei, Beginner Class Instructor I’ll tell you right now, friends, it’s always going to be something. Something that scares you, confuses you, confounds you, discourages you. Rolls, tests, freestyles, high falls. Relationships, rules, expectations, misunderstandings. Kicks, weapons, … Read more