​Senshin Center • 6396 Hollister Avenue, Goleta, CA 93117 • senshinone@gmail.com •  805-708-5246​

Senshin Center

The Martial Way

  • White Facebook Icon
  • White YouTube Icon
  • SoundCloud - White Circle
  • iTunes - White Circle

WRITINGS

Budo is a matter of intense physical training coupled with deep contemplation and introspection.  These writings are here shared to assist the reader in their own necessary reflections and to provide further insight in our dojo for the potential student.

BUDO CONTEMPLATIONS:

A General Bibliography and the Issue of Translation

​​At What Cost Our Spirit​​

Budo and the Joy of Work​

Cold Mountain​

Daily Training​

Embracing Our Incompetence​

Etiquette and Imitation​​​​

Faith, Discipline, and Humility​

"For me" Aikido​

Group Discussion on Takuan Soho's "Fudochishinmyoroku"​

Meditations​

Natural Offenses​

​On the Exchange, "Old Man Ueshiba"​

Persevere

Rank Gains Meaning by Being Meaningless​

Revolutions with Nothing New​

Self-Attained Wisdom​​

Sensei and Caveats​

Shikantaza

Silence and the Mystification of Aikido Waza​

The ABCs are not Poetry​

The Contemplative Life​

The Dark Nights of Spiritual Maturity​

The Ideological Myth of Aikido​

The Living Way: An Application of the Thinking of Thomas Merton to Budo Training​

The Narrative of Noah​

The Non-waza of Waza​

The Practice of Commitment​

The Road of Compassion​

Training as a Teacher​

Waiting For The Buddha Will Kill Your Art​

We Are What We Do​

When Aikidoka Speak and the Silence that Ensues​

Why do we train? - A Conversation Between Two Teachers

 

AIKIDO PERSPECTIVES:

​Aiki: Yielding and Unyielding Energies in Concentric Spirals​

A Retransliteration of Osensei's "Kannagara No Jutsu"

Beginning Weapons Training​​

Cleaning the Dojo

Conscious Relaxation​

Forms are Alive​

 "Founder did" does not mean "We do"​

Greenhouse Aikido​

Habitual and Actual Spontaneity​

Here, There, and Back Again - co-authored with Iseri Nobuo, Shihan​

​How to Make Sure Your Kids Suck at Aikido: A To-Do List

Injuries and Training​

In Some Dojo...​

Katame-Waza and Control Maintenance​

Making Time and Finding Time - by Sean Sanders​

Modern Aikido - Aikido For Sale​

Nice Aikido​

Nostalgic and Romantic Tendencies in our Training​

On Discussions - A Conversation Between Two Aikidoka​

Osensei, Omoto-kyo Theology, and Ichirei- Shikon-Sangen-Hachiriki

Relating Ha to Shu​

Remaining Powerful in the Face of Options to Remain Weak​

Shu-Ha-Ri and Emulation​

Some Thoughts on Kuzushi​

Spiraling Maai​

Suwari Waza Shomenuchi Ikkyo​

Technical and Martial Training​

The Body Must Be Fit​

The Complementary Roles of Uke and Nage​

The Martial Side First​

The Nage/Uke Dynamic - Some Guidelines​

The Rate of Training​

The Said and the Unsaid​

The Senpai/Kohai Model and Issues of Ego​

The Uniqueness of Aikido​

To Face the Bare Minimum

Tony Blauer's Premise for his SPEAR System is Wrong and Misleading

EXCHANGES:

A Great Fish

All of Mankind

An Important Question

Another Existence

Arriving

Awareness and Consideration

Badwater

Becoming

Big Mistakes

Boredom

By Will Alone

Caring

Carried in Our Actions

Center

Deconstruction

Defeatism

Eagles

Escape

Exams

Exchange

Farming

Fear

Fingers

Gardens and Outhouses

Harmony

Honor

How Long?

How Often?

Important and not Important

Matthew

Mature Training

Muddy Water

Not For You

Not So Wonderful is what is Wonderful

Old Man Ueshiba

Only Our Skill

Open Gi

Paranoia

Path Marked by Fear

Pure Heart

Purification

Quick and Smooth

Real Strength

Right Beginnings

Rough for Me

Seeing Beyond

Self-Deceit

Teacher

The Body

The Egg and The Stone

The Four Men

The Masses

The Serious Student

The Sum of All Parts

The Sword as Shield

The Two Sons

The Way is Perfect

Thy Will Be Done

Training is not a Meal

Training is Waiting

Training within the Infinite

Two Sides, Same Coin

Two Sisters

Upon Their Lips

Welcome

What One Will Be

When I am Gone

Who

Why Weapons

Wisdom, Faith, Humility

With Effort

Zazen and Pain

Zen and Budo Overlap