I have practiced aikido in Norway's NAF for 8 years. It's been a
long, winded road which is now coming to an end. I have therefore
written an essay in which I tell about my experiences and thoughts
over these 8 years.
PDF (Norwegian version)
At a later point I may translate the complete essay to English. Until
then, I will summarize it shortly in a couple of points:
- I have completely lost faith in the way aikido is taught: the
teacher shows some form and the students try to copy it. In the
process, important elements, such as intention
and breaking the partner's balance are often
- I have met only a few aikido-teachers who can, more or less
systematically, teach the body work underlying the
techniques and forms. These teachers aren't based in
- I have found another martial art whose approach to teaching
body work, its philosophy (zen) and training focus
(mindfulness, awareness, feeling, concentration)
coincide better with who I am.
I will continue practicing kashima shin-ryu swordwork. Regarding
aikido, there's a remote chance of meeting me on "bigg(er)"