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Wilkinson Sensei
Houston, Texas, USA
After a lifetime of thinking about it I've finally become a Zen-Objectivist; Zen for the intuitive side, and Objectivism for the logical side.
Interests: philosophy ... throwing people around on the mat ... decent science fiction (tough to find since Muadib' got himself lost in the desert) ... jazz music (lite & upbeat with some classic hard bop & fusion) ... dedicated life-long martial artists & Aikido players who prefer the right way over the wrong way or the easy way ... really smooth frozen luxury vodka ... getting lost in kata and humming out loud in the middle of a fast, sweaty randori session ... good cask-strength scotch that flows over the tongue like sexy peat flavored oil ... full bodied cigars (preferably torpedoes since a torpedo roller is considered the most skilled) ... sushi (of course!) but only if it's really fresh ... really good men's perfume strength cologne made the old fashioned way with ambergris (gives it interesting character) that causes strange women ask me what I'm ... watching my kids and grand kids discover life and how uniquely different their parental genetics are (if you were a kid would you want your mom and dad to be a pair of precision minded perfectionist professional level executives, zennists and avid libertarian-objectivist acolytes of Ayn Rand who rarely take no for an answer and who would rather lose a client if keeping them meant compromising honesty and ethics?
Recent Activity
In teaching advanced work we sometimes run into issues regarding the students’ inability to understand the material, not to mention do it correctly, internalize it, or pay it forward by teaching. Continue reading
How do you get to be a Jedi (nods to Lucas)? Decades on the mat. How do you get to be that good, that high-level, and that incredibly powerful with your In-Yo-Ho? How do you become a Tengu; the ones who taught all the mythical kenshi their craft and their art. Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2017 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
veryone gets along unlike today’s Millennials and the tragic-comic life lived by the public teachers who have to manage them during class, and at lunch in the cafeteria at the local state institute for the criminally insane (er … ah …. public school). Continue reading
Posted Apr 18, 2017 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
So …………….. the occasions that popped into my mind during the drive in that were the most unusual and that had the best set-up as in the carnival barker coming in, talking martial arts and then slowly and gently trying to slip the ‘shiv in were ………….. Continue reading
Posted Mar 29, 2017 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
....... on a pretty regular basis now, I get a call from someone looking for that perfect birthday gift, that conversation piece to put on the mantle, that perfect tool to carry in the trunk for road rage, that thing to keep by the door to threaten the neighbor with that dog that keeps pooping in your yard, and that special tool for stumbling zombies. Continue reading
Posted Mar 28, 2017 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
the ONLY thing holding you back from learning is the little creature inside your head, not my head, YOUR head, that keeps telling you that you can’t do it and keeps feeding you excuses to repeat to everyone on the mat. Continue reading
Posted Mar 14, 2017 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
Arrogance retards learning because that arrogance, that failure to understand that you don’t know what you don’t know yet becomes a barrier, a closed door that is difficult to pass. The phrase, “empty tea cup” does not apply solely and only to the beginner sitting in the rain on the front porch. Continue reading
Posted Feb 9, 2017 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
Making Yudansha (graded dan) which starts at Shodan is, if isolated and taken strictly on its’ own, a great, repeat, great accomplishment and puts the wearer of the coveted black belt in a rarefied part of the atmosphere; but I’m a “Big Picture” kind-of-guy and in the greater scheme of things it is just another step on the way to a higher plane of existence. Continue reading
Posted Jan 15, 2017 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
We are what we eat, or so they say. Given that we’re not speaking of food here it would be more appropriate to say, “We are what we think” or, “How we think is how we act, and what we become.” Continue reading
Posted Nov 30, 2016 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
However, the "soft" side without throwing dynamically is only a small part. Even people like Ueshiba who was reported to have once commented that he got to be as good as he was after 60 or so years of hard training used the bigger picture of start hard and end up soft. Morihei Ueshiba O-Sensei: “I am what I am because I trained hard style for 60 years. What can you do?” Continue reading
Posted Nov 3, 2016 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
The concept of tokui-waza demonstrates that out of possibly 100’s of waza, you only really use less than a dozen consistently over the long-term. By consistent, repetitive practice of the basics done literally thousands of times, the few waza that are truly useful can be made most effective. Continue reading
Posted Oct 27, 2016 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
True combat ability, true self-defense, true martial arts should be taught in such a fashion as to enable one to understand that a focus on only one side is incorrect. Both tori and uke have a role to play and both therefore need each other in order to go beyond mere technique. Tori must respect the role of uke and uke must respect the role of tori. Neither role is more important than the other. This respect for the role eventually extends to respect for the individual playing that role. Mutual respect leads to trust and mutual trust leads more effective and greater and faster dynamic training once that understanding of each role and trust is well established. Continue reading
Posted Oct 19, 2014 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
I just know that because I saw him, and because more than once I looked into his eyes as he walked by and held his gaze to deliberately let him know that I saw him, his score wasn't us. Continue reading
Posted Aug 25, 2014 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
Tribalism. In all it's fearsomeness. Even my 15 year old who is still a white belt working on her first promotion could sense it. Continue reading
Posted Jul 14, 2014 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
Now a gun fight between cartels on the side of the road using rpg's and SAW's, a herd of brahma cattle being riden by Lady Madonna in drag as the cattle have sex, a conjunto band in tight pants led by a Guatemalan Tom Jones look-alike playing ranchero music and giving out free cerveza ... now THAT'S worth stopping for ........... but a bunch of guys in baggy pants spreading sand? Continue reading
Posted Jul 11, 2014 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
Getting set to hit the blogger trial over the summer after a spring vacation and ran across this but cannot remember where; but it is certainly worth sharing now that spring is over and summer is upon us. 3 Simple... Continue reading
Posted Jun 9, 2014 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
Back in the 60's an author wrote a book by a similar title involving "Sex and the Single ...". The book, controversial for its time, was (of course) popular with "single girls" buying copies numbering into the millions. Why? Because... Continue reading
Posted Dec 8, 2013 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
Have you ever noticed that the phase, "Tastes like chicken" seems to be the most repeated phrase in the English language? Well, maybe not but then again, never let an exageration stand in the way of a good story. That... Continue reading
Posted Sep 2, 2013 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
Producing the most efficient uke possible by using mind-set and the most dangerous and efficient attacks possible, in turn producing a tori who becomes even better than thought possible. It may start in learning to use and defend against the knife (using efficiency instead of loose sloppiness and taking out that "dualing" thing ma-ai that looks good only on paper) but it certainly should carry over to empty hand practice also; esp. once skill in toshu randori is reached. Continue reading
Posted Jul 5, 2013 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
If we assume that your Aikido is "perfect" and that you are able to fend off, re-direct and control any attack/attacker who happens to look your way as they consider you in the same light as a hungry coyote looks at a chicken as being dinner on the claw, then certainly; you don't need no "stinking newaza". Continue reading
Posted Jun 7, 2013 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
I have observed many Aikido players over the years with a fear of truly committing to the throw due to a fear, albeit it subconscious, of falling or being drug down to the ground by the attacker. Knowing, and having confidence in a groundwork system removes that fear or hesitation and allows the defender to commit fully and totally to the technique. Continue reading
Posted Jun 2, 2012 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
When we train, some of us already have that spark of aggression. I came to Aikido having already competed in Tae Kwon Do and Judo but many/most don't. The training, when taken over time, provides a vehicle by which the common, ordinary citizen who has never really been aggressive or physically pro-active, can become more than what they were. Continue reading
Posted May 30, 2012 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
When we Down-Train what are we doing, really? We are being required to go back and re-examine all of that basic material contained in the principles, the fundamentals, the kihon and the basic kata and training sets and find a way to explain the material coherently, logically and in a manner that it may be easily understood and retained. Continue reading
Posted May 27, 2012 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
Buy yourself a rice cooker, learn to roll sushi, go on a Zen Macrobiotic diet and spend more time on the mat actually doing stuff and making that gi and hakama look good. Continue reading
Posted May 25, 2012 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings
Preparing & packing to make my first MA seminar road trip in several years. In fact, it is the first in almost 15 years in which I will be a student instead of the feature Sensei. I'm looking forward to it since it will be enjoyable to be able to just sit there and learn instead of spending three days being on point. Shucks .... I even washed my fundoichi for the trip. Continue reading
Posted Feb 17, 2012 at The Thoughtful Sensei-Aikido Musings