Aikido and Music

I am both an Aikidoka and a musician.  I’ve been playing guitar since I was 5 or 6.  On the mat, I see a lot of parallels with my musical practice as I do vice versa, with my musical practice informing my Aikido as well.   Quite a while ago  I wrote on Rhythm and…

On fighting and farming

In “A life in Aikido”, Kisshomaru Ueshiba quotes O Sensei, saying “Fighting and Farming are one.”    O Sensei spent a significant portion of his life farming.  I believe that farming for O Sensei has particular and unique connotations regarding his being grounded with the land that he tilled and the harvest that he reaped….