Falling for Kato Sensei

I had a student that was from the Ukraine. Every time that he was uke it looked like he was waiting in a bread line. Jimmy Friedman taught me to love to fall, I never could see what Kato Sensei showed but I was lucky enough to feel it. … [Read more]

How I found Aikido

I started Aikido like I have started most things in my life by accident. I was selling life insurance at the time, and probably was the world’s worst life insurance person. I had arrived early for an appointment in San Francisco near Van Ness and … [Read more]

photo by Michael Ertem Aikido is a do (the way), this has a profound impact on the philosophy of Aikido of Alamo. There are many ways to deal with conflict and aggressiveness the question is which way leads me to be more the person that I want to … [Read more]

Spiral & core

The body can teach the hands how to correctly move. The hands cannot teach the body how to move correctly. A spiral does not have appendages. Correct movement comes from our core, the appendages must become part of the core. … [Read more]