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 Peter Bussell, 4th Dan
Canada's Own
Aikido Veteran of 40 Years

by Cheryl Matrasko

Above, Peter Bussell, 4th Dan, instructing a seminar.
(Photo © 2002 Peter Bussell. All rights reserved)

I first became acquainted with Peter Bussell several years ago from an e-mail I received announcing an unprecedented  ----  never done seminar, featuring two well-known and respected senior Aikido instructors from entirely different Aikido organizations. Through Peterís own efforts, he was able to arrange Koichi Kashiwaya, 8th Dan, Chief Instructor of the USA . . .

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Aikido, Ki, and Perspectives on Aikido
by George Mc Masters

Just a couple of points I would like to voice - in response to the question of the existence of ki. A long time before I began my training and study of Aikido, I felt or was . . .

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Review of Koichi Kashiwaya  2004
Chicago Aikido Seminar

Subir Trivedi

 On February 10th and 11th, Kashiwaya Koichi Sensei visited the University of Chicago for the first time, for a two-day seminar that included a Ki and Ki-Aikido kyu-rank test, a private jo/bokken class, and two seminar classes open to the public.

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Review of John Stevens'
2003 East Coast Seminar

by Ron Tisdale

This year we were fortunate to have John Stevens Sensei for four days of training, lectures, and informal sessions.

Once again, he impressed me with his knowledge of aikido, his practice of Rinjiro Shirata's waza, and his poise. His topics ranged from Aikido's philosophy and history, to Aikido's techniques. We were fortunate . . .

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Discipline and Training
Self Training in Aikido?

Just about every three days, I receive e-mail requesting that I send a book or video to someone so that they can learn Aikido by themselves. Sometimes the reasons varies: there are no instructors in their areas, they cannot find good instructors, etc.

I received an e-mail a couple of minutes ago with the following request . . .

Article by Cheryl Matrasko


Discipline and Training
Martial Arts or Formal Education?

About a month ago, someone sent me what appeared to be a desperate letter questioning the legitimacy of some instructor that apparently opened his doors and claimed to be fluent in many martial arts. He also questioned whether it is healthy for his 20 year old son to be living with this instructor, a person he describes: " . . . argues his point ALL the time, and insists that ONLY his way is the right way?" He states his son is strong willed and very independent - and respects this instructor. His dojo allegedly has a uchi-deshi (live-in and learn) program.  

Article by Cheryl Matrasko

Bushido, Warrior Code of Conduct

We can hardly begin a discussion on Bushido without introducing the Samurai warrior. After all, it is the Samurai that developed, chose, and dedicated their entire lives to the unwritten code of conduct, known as Bushido. To do less, would be a dishonor to their memory and the legacy of martial ways, which still serves to prevent many of us from being barbarous savages, in our own martial art. 

The Samurai
Bushido Origins
Quarterly additions

Article by Cheryl Matrasko, 4th Dan

Irimi and Tenkan

Irimi is a method entering an attack, as is tenkan. The best way to understand irimi and tenkan is to know that they are both methods of entering an attack for best advantage. These two differ in the ways they undertake this.

Article by Cheryl Matrasko


Discipline and Training - Martial Arts Honor

The Honor of the Warrior Code of Ethics distinguishes those that claim to be martial artists of true heart and dedication, and the mere barbaric.

Many have used the term honor, but What is honor? What is honorable? When are you honorable?



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Michio Hikitsuchi 10th Dan 1978
(C. Matrasko as uke)
© 1978 C. Matrasko

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