Recommended Reading

You may or may not know Neil Saunders’ book, “Aikido: the Tomiki Way” is probably our most recommended read for our members. The sheer number of photos alone is fantastic, helping to see the continuity of techniques from start to finish.

If anyone would like to buy these books direct from the author, or his DVD, we have added a link to Neil’s site to our links section.

Google books also has a nice preview of “Aikido: The Tomiki Way”


Articles from Mokuren Dojo

We have added a link to articles from Mokuren Dojo, an Aikido & Judo club in the USA.

New articles are added on a very regular basis and we feel that they would interest our students.

You can find the links on the left hand side of the site, below the “Categories” section.


The Blind Men and the Elephant


A number of disciples went to the Buddha and said, “Sir, there are living here in Savatthi many wandering hermits and scholars who indulge in constant dispute, some saying that the world is infinite and eternal and others that it is finite and not eternal, some saying that the soul dies with the body and others that it lives on forever, and so forth. What, Sir, would you say concerning them?”

The Buddha answered, “Once upon a time there was a certain raja who called to his servant and said, ‘Come, good fellow, go and gather together in one place all the men of Savatthi who were born blind… and show them an elephant.’ ‘Very good, sire,’ replied the servant, and he did as he was told. He said to the blind men assembled there, ‘Here is an elephant,’ and to one man he presented the head of the elephant, to another its ears, to another a tusk, to another the trunk, the foot, back, tail, and tuft of the tail, saying to each one that that was the elephant.

“When the blind men had felt the elephant, the raja went to each of them and said to each, ‘Well, blind man, have you seen the elephant? Tell me, what sort of thing is an elephant?’Continue reading“The Blind Men and the Elephant”