Interview with John Bailey
The Aiki Dialogues #12
by Simone Chierchini, John Bailey
John Bailey studied Aikido under Tony Graziano and Tom Walker. He is a graduate of Executive Security International and has an extensive background in security and investigations, having worked as a bouncer, security officer, bodyguard, undercover operative and tactical instructor.
He was a practical firearms competitor and instructor and has provided tactical training for law enforcement and private security agencies in Florida, Colorado, California and Oregon. He’s a life-long student of violence, the behavioral factors and practical implications of it.
He is a certified clinical hypnotist, and co-creator of the Motivational Literacy system of self-development, innovating anger management strategies.
He’s presently focused on the navigation of crisis periods, and creating fulfillment through life design.
John has studied Aikido for four decades, the past two of which have been dedicated to exploring better ways to train and to teach the art in a quickly changing world.
The Martial Art’s Path
The Struggle to Learn in the Aiki Community
Alternative Teaching Methods
Getting Rid of the Unnecessary Super-structure
The Domain of Technique Collectors
A Verifiable Approach
Bones Can Snap
Not Enough Time
The Naming Convention Issue in Aikido
Generalisation vs Specification
The Way of Uke
How to Develop an Aiki Body
Is Cross Training a Bad Word?
To Compete or Not To Compete?
Supplement 1: Look Into the Mirror
Supplement 2: Cultural Conundrum
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Editor: Independently published (April 15, 2022)
Paperback: 110 pages
Item Weight: 172g
Dimensions: 12.85 x 0.64 x 19.84 cm