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This episode of Diamond Mining Friday is a big one and an important one as it covers a topic that is, for some, controversial, and for others, a way of life. For Blaine, becoming a delibreate creator of experiences, opportunities, abundance, realtionships, and health began when he was an uchi deshi (live-in student) in Chicago. His study of Aikido and Zen lead him to begin studying what are often referred to as Universal Principles and the laws of cause and effect. Gaining an understanding of these principles lead him to seek out specific ways to utilize these principles for his own benefit as well as the benefit of others. 

Over the past 20 years, Blaine has been effectively using these principles to start several successful businesses, get in better shape and experience better health, eliminate toxic relationships and attract healthy ones, create opportunities that seemed distant or non-existent, and lead an overall extraordinary life and lifestyle. 

There's no talk about quantum physics and no secrets revealed since everything Blaine uses on a daily basis has been well known practice for thousands of years. The practices are literally as simple as breathing, walking, and thinking, although its not always easy to break the negative patterns that have become habit for so many people.

Grab a pencil and a pad of paper for this one becuase there are literally life changing tips in this episode! If you're interested in hearing the private podcast on 'How using positive affirmations are causing the opposite of what you want!", head over to and join the AikiCast Tribe today to start receiving the private podcasts.

Direct download: DMF-Action_Jackson_and_the_Law_of_Attraction-Final.mp3
Category:success -- posted at: 9:33am EDT

In this AikiCast Special Business Edition, Blaine goes into detail about what he considers to be the 'Top 5 Social Media Success Tips for Martial Arts Schools'.  The tips and tactics discussed in this podcast can, and should, be applied to any small business wanting to see more internet traffic, higher search engine rankings, better engagement from Facebook friends and fans, and an overall increase in the potential clients, customers, and students. 

These tips are not, by any means, an exhaustive list of recommended practices but instead a basic starting point for many martial arts schools and small businesses not taking advantage of all the varied and various free marketing channels available today. There are a handful of social media tools that, in the long run, end up being wasted time with little to no return on an entrepreneur's time and energy while just a small handful of the social media tools, if used correctly and with a specific strategy, can do wonders for any martial arts school or small business in 2015. 

While these social media tips and tactics may be rudimentary and basic for many martial arts schools and entrepreneurs already using these tools, for others they will be new information that wasnt known prior to the podcast. Blaine uses several of his own businesses to test and track everything that is discussed in this episode and has seen great success in his own martial arts and real estate businesses in Grand Rapids, Michigan. His local website averages between 1500 and 2000 page views per month which is a phenomenal number of views and visitors for a non-franchised, local martial arts school. Most local Aikido and martial arts schools and dojos typically get 20 to a couple hundred page views and a handful of unique visitors each month depending on their marketing methods and how active they are using the social media tips and tactics discussed in the podcast.

Listen, take some notes, subscribe on Itunes, rate and review, and feel free to email Blaine at with any questions or comments about this episode.

To your success in 2015!

Direct download: Social_Media_Top_5_2015-final.mp3
Category:success -- posted at: 10:37am EDT

AC-014-Acres of Diamonds from Fumio Toyoda Sensei

AikiCast brings you a new segment called Diamond Mining Friday which is a shorter podcast with some nuggets of wisdom that Blaine shares from his time with Toyoda Shihan. The Diamond Mining Friday segment will air every friday as Blaine mines his journals, as well as his 20 plus years of teaching experience for the diamonds that he was given by Toyoda Sensei. Some of the diamonds are direct wisdom Toyoda Sensei shared with Blaine, the regular students, the uchi deshi, or other instructors, while others are ones that needed time and experience before he was able to see the wisdom in the lesson. Grab a pen and a pad because Blaine plays a clip from the famous Earl Nightingale called "acres of diamonds" which is a great story with some timeless wisdom, as well as 12 tips for lifetime success in all things. Follow these 12 tips and your life will ultimately change for the better.


Direct download: AC_014-DMF-Be_bold_final.mp3
Category:success -- posted at: 6:14pm EDT