Words of Wisdom from O-Sensei

“Iron is full of impurities that weaken it; through forging, it becomes steel and is transformed into a razor-sharp sword. Human beings develop in the same fashion.”

-Morihei Ueshiba

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Genetics or Practice?

CBS Sunday Morning -- probably not a TV program you watch, but I happened to have it on when a story presented about Testing an Athelete's Genes to Training http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/testing-an-athletes-genes-to-aid-training/  

The story talked about whether Kenyans were genetically advantaged to winning marathons.  Because of the hot, dry climate at high altitudes, some Kenyans have developed long legs and a thin torso--perfect for running marathons.  However, Kenyans that win marathons get government sponsorship.  This provides an economic incentive for runners to practice running marathons.  Top athletes run 100+ miles per week.

The situation begged the investigation:  which is a greater predictor of athletic performance, genetics or practice?  A professor of Kineseology in Canada was interviewed who said that genetics had little to do with athletic performance.  Yes, it was practice more than any other factor.  To test that theory, they had the country's top softball pitcher pitch against some major league baseball hitters.  The baseball hitters could not even get a foul ball!  Reason?  They had practiced, practiced, practiced against a different style of pitching.  Through practice, the baseball hitters had wired their brain to adapt to fast pitch baseball.  No genetics were involved, just practice.  Rather interesting.

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Club Rush is upon us for Spring 2014.  Please sign up to help occupy the booth next Wed, Thur in the PE concourse at :  http://doodle.com/p2gsvxmp9it7s394

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Movie 47 Ronin, Thurs, Dec 26th @ 3:45pm, Lehi Megaplex

Informal club event: Let's go see the movie 47 Ronin (PG-13) at the Lehi Megaplex (Thanksgiving Point) on Thursday, Dec. 26th @ 4:15pm. $6.75 for tickets. Meet at the front at 3:45pm so we can buy tickets and sit together.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

AAA Instructor Seminar Jan 24-26, Logan

Very exciting news!  AAA will be holding an Instructors seminar
in Logan Jan 24-26.
Those holding 3rd Kyu and above are invited to attend. 
The Instructors seminar is required for 2nd Kyu.
The cost of the seminar is $90 registering before Jan 7th.  Otherwise the seminar is $120.
For more info., see the following link:
http://www.aaa-aikido.com/Seminars/2014/West%20Coast%20Instructor%20Seminar%202014.pdf

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Sunday, May 5, 2013

One-punch Death

You probably heard about the soccer referee Portillo who just died last night after being punched ONCE in the face by a 17 year-old soccer player.  Portillo had issued a yellow card warning during a soccer game in Taylorsville, UT held at Eisenhower Jr. High.
Portillo 

You can't hardly be a fan of the martial arts without having seen more than one Bruce Lee movie where each lightening-fast punch or kick is accompanied by a loud wooden slap from sound-effects. 
The enemy or hero gets hit over and over before they finally are knocked out or give up.  That's the movies, not real life.

In real life, you have just a moment to react and yes...one punch can kill you.  It's much more common than you think.  In just one county:  King county, Washington (includes Seattle) has 4-6 one-punch deaths per year.  In Aikido the technique is always important, but getting OFF-LINE has got to be one of the most important things you will ever learn.  Getting off-line has a new significance to me after reading about this poor man.  You never know how things might escalate in a moment.  You never know if someone thinks they're in an old Western movie and will try to punch you through the saloon doors into the street. 




Club News

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Aikido Club Details

Days, Times, and Location: Aikido Club sessions are held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:00pm to 5:30pm. We meet in PE 221 on UVU campus.

Club Dues: As a club at UVU, we are actually required to collect dues. We currently collect $20 per semester in club dues per person. Many dojos outside of UVU run about $40 per month, so this really is a great opportunity to learn Aikido at a great price! Club dues go right into the club fund where they can then be used for equipment for club and other club expenses.

Equipment: Bring a T-Shirt and athletic style pants, such as sweat pants. Those that have a gi are welcome to wear that. We recommend that you not wear shorts.

Testing: As Sensei is an Aikido Association of America certified instructor, he is able to conduct belt promotion tests. This is an awesome opportunity to progress further into Aikido. AAA fees apply (Ex. 7th kyu test fee is $25).

If you have any other questions about the club, please click the "contact me" button found on the right side of this page and send us a message.

Note to those who are not UVU students: The UVU Clubs organization states that we are able to accept non-UVU students into the club. However, at least 75% of our club membership MUST be UVU students. If you would like to join the UVU Aikido Club, prior approval must be obtained from Sensei.