The Switch

Changing the direction of power in a movement is not an easy task. We cannot interrupt the movement because is will also interrupt power generation. With every stop we have to start over again in generating power. While your upper body muscles are directly involved with the action of the hand/arm, the force is generated […]

Opposing isometric forces

The human body as a movement construction is used by most of the people in a very inefficient way. The body and mind are full of tension and this creates during a movement action sometimes a non-movement situation: a frozen action. People think this can be resolved by relaxing the body and mind. Unfortunately relaxation […]

Defending the centre line

Seichusen, the centre line. The centre line is the vertical line that divides our body into halves. We use our centre line as a guide in our practice. Basically, our hand should not move over the centre line to the other side of our body. The centre line is important in order to keep our […]

Jukozo-Martial Art Body

A “martial art body” is determined by the word “Jukozo”. This is explained from a theoretical point of view in another article. A question arises: How to create a martial art body? When we see how someone is catching a ball, we can get an idea how the body works during catching a ball. The […]

Simplification or sportification

Complementary and alternative Complementary and alternative are terms used to describe many kinds of practices or methods that are not part of mainstream system. You may hear them used to describe methods to improve the method. This is called “complementary” because they are used along with your current method. You may sometimes hear about methods […]

Ridatsu-ho and seigo-ho (2)

Break away & control There are different kinds of attacking movements when confronting an opponent. Punching, striking, pushing….. Kicking Grasping Other attacks Ridatsu-ho & seigo-ho are skills to deal with grasping attacks. The most basic grasping attack is certainly “grasping the wrist” and is the subject of many sequences in Tomiki Aikido kata. Koryu no […]

Martial Arts Exercises

When talking about martial arts exercises, most of you will think about “warming up or cooling down”. In fact in traditional martial arts, those exercises don’t exist. Warming up and cooling down are the result of Western influence in martial arts as a sport activity. This impact started when Japan became more open to Western […]

Resilience, a balance…

Budo Aikido: the Art of Aikido “Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.” ― Gustav Mahler– Can we improve our Budo Aikido with exercises? Yes, but unfortunately there are too many for practising during 1 training session.As we all know, prof. Tomiki is famous for rationalizing aikido and created logical structures for […]

Koryu no kata – Dai Yon (3)

Oyo waza Section 3 of koryu no kata dai yon is called Oyo Waza Oyo Waza literally means “application techniques”, which means you are using basic techniques in different attacking situations. You are required to “adapt” the basic technique without changing the concept and principles. Section 3 – Techniques 1-4 These waza don’t use a […]

Koryu no kata – jo no tsukai

The logic of the kata Mike Rother wrote an interesting book on kata: Toyota Kata. Toyota Kata defines management as, “the systematic pursuit of desired conditions by utilizing human capabilities in a concerted way.” Rother proposes that it is not solutions themselves that provide sustained competitive advantage and long-term survival, but the degree to which […]