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    In February and March 2016 I travelled to Japan for the first time. My main goal was to practice at Hombu Dojo as much as possible for one month and a half. Inspired by one of the young black belts at my Dojo back in Switzerland, I had started to plan my trip in 2015. ...
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    This article is my examination paper submitted for the promotion to Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu Shodan at the Takumakai (published in May 2013, in the issue n.86 of the Takumakai Newsletter). It addresses the origin of the hakama in martial arts and tries to distinguish facts from fiction as far as its use and meaning are concerned. ...
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    This short series of humoristic instructional videos about Japanese customs was written and directed in 2001 by Namikibashi, a comedy duo composed of Kentaro Kobayashi and Junji Kojima, and produced by the Japanese Culture Lab. The concept is to explain in each sort film one particular aspect of the Japanese culture that can be obscure ...
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    I often receive emails from people seeking information about practicing at the Hombu Dojo. Unfortunately, I don’t always have as much time as I would like in order to answer each of them properly so I thought I would try to address these issues formally in an article. For many practitioners of Aikido it is ...