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Complimenting Correctly

My first year living in Tokyo, I was so excited to be practicing at the Aikikai Hombu dojo (world headquarters of Aikido) that I immediately seized upon every opportunity to socialize or spend time with my peers. It was then…

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Ji Do Kwan Tenet: Respect The Elder

Ji Do Kwan Tenet: Respect the Elder

In a previous post, I discussed the complexity inherent in translating the Five Tenets of Ji Do Kwan from Hanja—the original written language of Korea, which was derived from Chinese writing. This one examines our school's second tenet, "Respect the…

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Timing and Timeliness

Andrew Benioff, Ee Dan I had recently moved to Hawaii and although I continued training in Tae Kwon Do, I had recently begun training in Aikido. I was rushing to make it to class on time from my job waiting…

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Ji Do Kwan Tenet: Loyalty to Country

Before continuing a series of posts interpreting the Five Tenets of Ji Do Kwan, I'd like to revisit my original post about the First Tenet, which I wrote shortly before receiving information that spurred an investigation into a more precise translation of our Five Tenets.…

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Apps to Learn Hangul

One day last fall I got sick enough that I thought it was worth staying in bed to recover, rather than forcing myself through the day and prolonging it. Instead of reading or listening to music to pass the day, I…

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How to Learn Forms

Yesterday I was asked an interesting question: what do you think about when learning a new form? I was a little puzzled but also intrigued, having never given that part of the process much thought. The answer seems easy enough: listen…

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