Happo Undo

8 directions exercise After the Second World War, Kenji Tomiki and Hideo Ohba made a famous film about “aiki” for judo students. In this film, Kenji Tomiki shows his version of “Happo-Undo” or the exercise of the 8 directions. If you look closely, Tomiki actually moves in four directions, but each direction is executed on […]

Nagashi and Hakkei

In this blog post I will try to explain different types or methods to practice Tandoku Undo or the main ways of moving the body and hands picked from Aiki skills, then simplified and abstracted and organized as an exercise course. The result of this training can be seen in the skills of Nagashi and […]

Aikido, a Holistic Approach?

Many groups are advertising Aikido as a holistic training method. A way of Life. There is a danger of putting the mental and technical side to the foreground and the physical aspect is sometimes almost forgotten. The “Ki” or life force is only needed to perform. Nothing is less true. Aikido and holistic training Holistic: […]

The Next Step

Question: What is the purpose of doing Aikido always in the same way for years and years like a robot? Answer: If we do the exercises (solo & partner) by doing it frequently and many repetitions we will progress in our Aikido. It is a delusion to believe we can progress by just doing without […]

Tandoku Undo: Simplified and Abstracted

I wrote about different aspects and concepts in tandoku undo – tegatana dosa in previous blog-posts. All aspects in our life are determined by our experiences in daily life, martial art is not an exception. An interesting development is the motility of the center line to invoke taijū no dendō and koshi-mawari. Using the center line can […]

The influence of Chidori ashi

During “corona” time, we manage to do a lot of solo training. Solo training for a prolonged period can change our movements. It is necessary to understand the mechanism behind the changes. This post is an attempt to explain some points I am working on during this “corona” time. I have the opportunity to practice in […]

Kokyu ryoku as a result of Taijū no dendō

taïjū = body weight – dendō = transmission, conduction Kokyū-Ryoku (呼吸力, Breath Power) Is the concept of relaxed power generated from the tanden. There is an implication in the word kokyū that this type of power does not clash with uke. (From Wikipedia) Kokyu is mostly translated as “breath”, but can be understood as the concept of “prana” in yoga. Although it […]

Be creative in your training

During the “Corona Pandemic” the art of training becomes important and intructors have to be very creative to inspire the students. Although we have many “solo exercises” in Tomiki Aikido, the purpose of the training during the pré-Corana time was more on partner exercises, formal exercises and sparring. Because we cannot practise with a partner […]

The “original” tandoku undo

Early 1950-ties movie of “tandoku undo” by Kenji Tomiki becomes a very actual topic in this “Corona” Era. Most of the practitioners, who are doing solo-exercises on a regular base tried these kind of movements to keep their aikido alive. The funny thing is, the modern form of tandoku undo is very different from the […]