Eli Lerman's Blog

Welcome to my blog

 Since I started training Aikido, in 1989, I'm intrigued by the connection between Aikido and everyday life.
I see Aikido as a lab in which we investigate our reactions, habits and the we manage ourselves in the world. Thus, the ability to take the insights from the lab of the dojo into our life seems to me natural and necessary. In the blog I write about thoughts, insights and questions related to aikido and it's affiliation to the 'big' life. I hope that the blog with thrive and continue to be a space for discussions and deepening in Aikido and in its relation to our lives. Your comments add a lot, and frequently, through a certain comment I learn about a subject from a new perspective. With a hope to continued fruitful and educational discussions and joyful walking in the path of Aikido.
Eli Lerman

Rin-Ki-O-Hen

Rin-Ki-O-Hen

This is a sentence from the Chinese classic Texts, which I learned from Suganuma Sensei many years ago. It means: “To match the reaction to the changing circumstances”.
Exercising the Gratitude Muscle

Exercising the Gratitude Muscle

Suganuma Sensei used to read short passages in the Dojo written by great teachers. One of his favourite teachers was Nakamura Tempu Sensei.
Ukemi

Ukemi

As we know, while we practice Aikido, we switch roles continuously, and half the time our role is that of “Uke”, meaning we accept the technique. Even though we spend 50 percent of the time in this role, there are hardly any texts explaining the essence of it.
One Day – A Whole Life

One Day – A Whole Life

A few months ago, I sent Suganuma Sensei a letter, in which I asked for his interpretation of the sentence: “One Day – A Whole Life”. I am happy to enclose the translation of Sensei’s explanation.
A Once In a Lifetime Encounter – Wakeup Call

A Once In a Lifetime Encounter – Wakeup Call

Quite a few years ago I learned the Japanese sentence: "Ichi-go Ichi-e". It translates directly into: "One instance, one meeting", but I think that "A once in a lifetime encounter " is closer to the true intent and meaning of the sentence...
The Five Principles of Water

The Five Principles of Water

Sato Issai Sensei (1772-1859) was the head teacher at the High Academy of Confucianism Studies. He taught and educated Japanese leaders, and even wrote a few books...
A Visit to Hashimoto-San’s house

A Visit to Hashimoto-San’s house

Every time a delegation from Israel visits Japan, we are invited to a visit at the Hashimoto’s family house, and to a feast fit for a king. This time was no different.
Suganuma Sensei’s instructor’s notebook 3

Suganuma Sensei’s instructor’s notebook 3

“An Aikido practice that builds the partner. An Aikido practice that crashes the partner. An Aikido practice in which both the partner and me become alive.” What kind of Aikido practice do you prefer?
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