As we move into 2017, here’s a round-up of 2016’s fifteen most popular articles. So, read on for posts you may have missed or want to take another look at . . .
My new Aikido dojo seemed to be too good to be true at first – but it wasn’t long before its darker side emerged . . .
A look at the difference between authentic, ethical mindfulness versus “McMindfulness” – and a discussion of why martial arts training is especially effective for developing authentic mindfulness
What’s the best response to a female student whose main priority seems to be getting male attention during a martial arts class . . . ?
It’s amazing how Musashi’s ideas, written hundreds of years ago, can still ring so true . . .
This is the story of why I suddenly switched from Aikido to Karate overnight, after 15 years of study in the former . . .
It may feel like hard work at times 😉 but the benefits for these kids can be amazing . . .
I visited my friend’s dojo and found something very strange was going on there . . .
A list of reasons for promoting “real” martial arts training – as a valuable alternative to the workout classes it inspires.
I don’t want just a simple one-way power dynamic with my sensei. I believe I’m learning aikido to develop and equalise my so-called yin / yang energies – not just to practise constant following and submitting to someone else’s lead . . .
Ten points for a survivor to consider, when deciding whether or not to disclose their history to their martial arts instructor . . .
There’s nothing like martial arts training to show you your garbage. In this case, another student was literally pushing all my buttons – and I’m only human . . .
Over 50 benefits of martial arts training, presented as a graphic to align with Maslow’s hierarchy of human needs
Some people see women warriors as glamorous and exciting role models for female martial artists. But should we really feel excited or inspired by the violent actions of real-life warriors in real-life battles, whether male or female . . . ?
A detailed explanation of the three kanji AI, KI and DO, revealing how each character is a little picture in itself, which if you know how to read it, will show us the way to its deeper meaning
On enjoying the pure freedom that training gives you – of not having to worry about how you look in the slightest . . . !