Posture is Power

Posture is Power
  “IT’S NOT ABOUT THE CONTENT OF THE MESSAGE, BUT HOW YOU’RE COMMUNICATING IT.” AMY J.C. CUDDY Associate Professor of Business Administration, Hellman Faculty Fellow “Our research has broad implications for people who suffer from feelings of powerlessness and low self-esteem due to their hierarchical rank or lack of resources,” says Harvard Business School professor Amy ...

Scarcity to Abundance

Making the Transition with Ease Are you someone with lots of skills and experiences but always seem to be holding yourself back from really succeeding and getting what you want in your life, work or business? I came from a background where money was a stranger to me. It was as if I self sabotaged ...

Zoom Classes

What benefits do you get from practising (Aikido) Zoom Classes? Well immediately you start to do physical exercise it triggers the release of feel good chemicals in the brain. Excellent performance is state dependant and you are reinforcing what you have been practising in your training before the lockdown. From the learning point  of view ...

Aikido & The Art of The Bullfighter – a Lethal Beauty

Aikido & The Art of The Bullfighter – a Lethal Beauty
Way back in the late 60s, I read Ernest Hemingway’s “Death in the Afternoon”, published in 1932, a masterful description of the Art of Bullfighting. Many, many years later, after years of Aikido Training, I realised that the way the Matador moved when facing the bull and encouraging it to charge, the move they made ...

Get a Brighter Future?

Listening to a survey on BBC Radio 4 about people’s mental health at this time in the corona virus catastrophe. After 2 weeks in lockdown, 15% of people said they were struggling and the interesting thing for me was what they said next. They, and another 35% of people surveyed, expected to feel even worse ...

Cissbury Ring Rock Festival – 1974

In 1974 I was living, briefly in Sompting. West Sussex. I grew up there, moved to Brighton for a few years and then to Rochester in Kent where I studied photography for 3 years. One weekend my brother told me about a festival that his friend and local Promoter, Ian Grant was organising on Cissbury ...

It’s Too Easy!

On a wall or door in the Iwama Aikido Dojo, when Morihiro Saito Shihan was alive and teaching, there was a handwritten note to the students not to block techniques, nor to use force. If you are in perfect harmony with another person then you should be able to avoid, get around any strength and ...

How to write a Book – Part 2 Chunking

In Part 1 of How to Write a Book we talked about having a goal and the importance of well forming that goal so I am going to add the process to the end of this Blog. If I were to ask you how you would eat an elephant you might think it a weird ...

How to Write a Book – Part 1

A friend from Aikido asked me how I managed to write my book. He was planning to write a book himself and couldn’t get started. What was it I did? I struggled to remember exactly what I had done but then, of course, remembered the NLP principle that everything starts with an outcome (goal) and ...

After The Goldrush

Buying software, courses and other internet marketing stuff can be perilous I recently attended a free marketing event in London by a well known media company. They were promoting management of Google, Facebook and Instagram ads This included setting up the accounts so they were ad friendly and the website mobile friendly. The cost of ...

How To Get What You Want

In my last Blog called The Set Up we talked about the importance of the basics in Aikido and communication and how we can achieve our goals by matching, blending or harmonising with the other person. Any grab or attempt to grab, any kick or strike requires a commitment of energy and momentum and that ...

The Set Up

At the start of every Aikido class there is an exercise called “Tai No Henko”. This literally means body change or body change direction. Redirection is used in many Aikido techniques thus Tai No Henko is an important lesson for beginners and always for more experienced practitioners as well. I have heard it said that all Aikido ...

Verbal Rapport

I have been researching some internet software and listening to webinars. These, mostly but not exclusively, guys have spent a lot of time and money developing systems for marketing on the net and are obviously trying to sell that system via their webinars. They are very successful at making money on the net and are ...