The theme of the month will be atemi (striking). Typically folks think of aikido and judo as blending and throwing arts, but the fundamental principles, aiki and ju, really imply something along the lines of "do whatever is most perfectly appropriate at the moment." As such, atemi can be part of aiki or ju. In fact, more than one instructor has characterized aikido as "mostly atemi."
Stay tuned - I have a whole host of good articles on the drawing board for September.
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