Wednesday, May 09, 2007

The Most Important Training Device - The Mirror

Our dojo has many supplemental training devices. We have a makiwara, a wavemaster, striking targets, an unmounted heavy bag, numerous sizes of wooden weapons, and others. In time, I would like to write about all of them and others.

In this post, however, I would like to focus on perhaps the most important training device: the mirror...

First, let me say that in our previous location we had great mirrors that ran the full length of one wall. This was an awesome configuration. unfortunately, none of these could be salvaged from the fire so we are dealing now with having only a single mirror that is situated away frorm the main training area.

We went a few months without any mirror and that was rough for me. Finally, I couldn't take it anymore and I brought one of mine from home.

So, why the mirror is so important and how can we utilize the mirror to enhance our training experience?

Look in the mirror next time you train and find out...

Wednesday, May 02, 2007

North Florida Aikikai Promotions - May 1, 2007

Group Shot - After the test
Originally uploaded by lucasbv.

I had the privilege this evening of watching the NFA promotions. It was fantastic! I've always admired Aikidoka for the way they move and their command of body dynamics and circular movement. Watching their tests tonight certainly helped reinforce this for me.

I enjoyed it so much I took 462 pictures! To see some of the pictures, click on this picture and go view them on