Author Archives: Michael Hacker

Aikibudo with Clark Sensei June 20 – 21

Aikibudo | June 20 – 21 at The Renshinkan Clark Sensei will be at the Renshinkan in Mesa, Arizona the weekend of June 20 – 21 for two days of Aikibudo training. Please contact the dojo for more information, to … Continue reading

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On Negative Thinking

The following was first published in 2012 on We are often told that we shouldn’t think “negatively.”  This sounds nice, but what exactly does this mean?  What are negative thoughts, anyway?  And what effect do they have on us? I … Continue reading

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Koshukai 2015

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Koshukai 2015: Another Great One! The Renshinkan was host to another bi-annual Koshukai last weekend, and boy was it a great one!  A couple dozen fine budoka from all over the country converged on our dojo to practice our Judo … Continue reading

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Upcoming Schedule Changes

New Year, New Schedule! As of next week, we’ll be making a few tweaks to our schedule.  Please make sure you check the schedule page and update your brains/calendars as needed!

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Shinto Muso-ryu Clinic This Weekend!

SMR at the Renshinkan There is a Shinto Muso-ryu clinic  with Phil Relnick sensei, Menkyo Kaiden, at the Renshinkan this Saturday, Sunday, and Monday (2/28 – 3/2).  Because of the clinic, there will be no cleaning or Open Mat AikiBudo practice … Continue reading

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Happy 2015

Happy 2015!  Training for the new year has already kicked off, and it’s been going great so far!  We have even had some of the dojo kids join us on the mats for a little training!

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On Posture

「戦いの姿勢は、平常の姿勢を兵法の姿勢とし、兵法の姿勢を平常の姿勢とすることが肝要である。よくよく吟味すべきである。」— 宮本武蔵 “It is essential that you make your fighting posture your everyday posture and your everyday posture your fighting posture.  You must carefully scrutinize this.” — Miyamoto Musashi  

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Running on Empty

Besides being a great Jackson Browne song, “running on empty” was something that I found going through my head today as I ran my nearly 4 mile course around Kiwanis Lake this morning. About halfway into my run, my legs were … Continue reading

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New Dojo Construction

Thanks to everyone who worked so hard and spent so much of their weekends and free time to help complete the tear-down of the old dojo and the build-out of the new one.  It’s true that we’ve all left a … Continue reading

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Happy Holidays!

The dojo is closed for the holidays and will reopen on January 2nd for training.

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