mizunokokoro-patch4-webszWelcome to the Mizu no Kokoro Aikikai!

Mizu no Kokoro is a Japanese concept translated as “A mind/heart like water.” More specifically it is often taken as “A mind like still water,” referring to a state of mind which allows one to calmly reflect on life and its trials. We at Mizu no Kokoro Aikikai (“a gathering of Aikidoka”) cultivate this mindset as we train in the Way of Aikido while exploring the other aspects of a mind like water, its strength, flow, quickness and stillness. In the style of Aikido practiced here, there are no competitions. We all work to strengthen each other’s practice. As one instructor puts it, “like sharpening stones and steel.”

Mizu no Kokoro Aikikai practices at the Dixie Farm Business Park, 15255 Gulf Fwy, 174-B, Houston, TX 77034
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Please join us for good, solid Aikido practice and the comradeship of those who move along the Way!

Breaking News

Sato Sensei Promotion

A bit of great news for the New Year.  Sato Sensei, chief instructor of the Aikido World Alliance, has been promoted to Shichidan (7th degree).  A well deserved honor!

Omedetou gozaimasu, Sensei!

The Physics of Self-Defense

As we close out this year, I wanted to share a video made by one of our students, Caitlin.  Caitlin was taking a speech class and had to give a recorded ‘how-to’ demonstration speech.  She chose to do one on ‘The Physics of Self-Defense’, emphasizing Aikido principles and recruiting some ‘assistants’ from the dojo.  Now before you view the video, let me note that the speech is not recorded in a fashion that would normally be used for an informative presentation exactly.  Part of the requirements for the class were that the speech be presented in front of a live audience and that the instructor be able to view the audience as well as the presentation (also that it couldn’t be edited…), so the viewpoint is from off to the side; a little unusual.  However, her presentation was quite good… and most folks like seeing me get thrown around, so


Good, actual, factual points in there, folks.  Let’s remember some of these in the new year!

Let’s also remember that this coming Monday, Jan. 2, 2017(!) will be the first class of the New Year!  Don’t stay away.