Welcome to my blog section!

The blog section will be used as a supplemental teaching tool to help students reflect on the the weekly training themes.  I welcome any and all feedback and suggestions so that this new addition to the website can become an indispensable training tool for all Aikidoka, regardless of rank and style.

If you would like to subscribe to this blog, kindly send me an e-mail to Sensei@aasbk.com.

Marc Abrams, Sensei

9 Responses to “Welcome to my blog section!”

  1. Bill says:

    Dear Sensei, So much to learn, so little time. Thanks for your patience and understanding. B

  2. Shawn says:

    Sensei –
    I’ve noticed that the breathing exercise at the beginning of the past couple of lessons were skipped over. “Not for nothing” but I’ve found it beneficial as a relaxing technique (especially helpful in these tumultuous times) and it also seems to be integral to establishing a better focus for the lessons that follow.

  3. Shawn says:

    Sensei –

    My Waza experience the other day heightened my feeling of exasperation about not being able to coordinate my body and mind to successfully follow your example after a technique is demonstrated. I referred to that experience as a feeling of “humiliation”. I become anxious and fixated on trying to remember the movement. The result is “performance anxiety”, which isn’t helped by the Nage/Uke interaction that follows.

    After some reflection, I realized that I (and maybe others) might benefit by mimicking and replicating the movement with minimal resistance from Uke (initially). I also realized that I may have been unhelpful whenever I’ve performed the role of Uke – I previously thought it was important to give realistic feedback and to grip/hold with conviction. I’m thinking this has been counter-productive. Perhaps this would be correct once the movement is achieved and performed correctly. So, I believe it is important to first offer “humility” in the role of Uke, giving the Nage a chance to first feel the rhythm of the movement, thus enabling a successful experience, which can then be perfected with additional practice.

  4. Bill says:

    Sensei, The week of waza was very interesting. We recognized our failings in technique and working with each other, correct them. It felt good to be able to correct ourselves and continue on. Bill

  5. Michael S says:

    I enjoyed the breathing exercising it helped me to relax and concentrate.

  6. Jen Smith says:

    I’m really appreciating the cogent and flowing content of your pages, Sensei Marc.I hope to share more virtual and actual training with you, your students, and mine, over the many years ahead. Thanks for the hard work (shugyo) and the clean lines (hasuji).
    In Ai,
    jen smith

  7. Geri says:

    Thank you for this blog, Marc – it has become part of my Sunday night home ‘practice’ when last class is too long ago (Friday) and next too long to go (Tuesday)! It provokes thoughts and sometimes even discussion with my mat mates here in UK so your influence goes far ;). Gassho.

  8. Corey says:

    I’ve just come back to the mat after too many years away, and there are times I feel frustrated at 1) what I’ve forgotten, and 2) my body, which can no longer do what it once could. I was trying to get back to where I was quickly, but this blog has helped me to view my time away as an opportunity to focus again on some very basic things — breathing, posture, and footwork. The advanced techniques will continue to be there; they’re not going away.

  9. Kazama says:

    Dear Abrams Sensei,
    I am really enjoying your blogs! I hope to one day feel your techniques in person. As someone fairly new to the internal training methodology, I was wondering if you had any hints for dealing with pulls. I am just now starting to feel good about my ability to neutralize incoming grabs without muscling(ex. katatetori grab pushing into my center). Every so often I can do this from shizentai via grounding out the push. I am also just beginning to be able to somewhat “hide” my own center by letting the incoming energy seep off my elbows. However, I am having trouble even with moderate pulls, especially if the energy is slightly lifting. I find myself resorting to counter-balancing, or trying to drive the pull into the ground (aiki-sage) – which engages my shoulders – which ends in me being TOAST! Do you have any tips for evening up the discrepancy between pushing and pulling energy?

    Thanks in advance,

    Andy Kazama
    Aikido South, Atlanta, GA

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