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 […]

Evolution and Innovation

If we look at humanity’s slow rise from prehistory, there have been three waves ofevolutionary acceleration. The first was the transition from hunting-gathering to the development of the agricultural age. This happened roughly a few thousand years ago. The second was the industrial revolution, propelled by the invention of automation and standardization. This happened a […]

8 Tegatana no dosa

Can we change the technical heritage of Kenji Tomiki? This question was addressed in another blog-post and there is of course no definite answer. If you are a true “purist”, changing is not a possibility. On the other hand, Kenji Tomiki made many versions of his technical repertoire and gave the advice to research and […]

The effect of koshi-mawari

There is an interesting aspect on the integration of koshi -mawari in our martial art movements. The range of our movements becomes greater when integrating koshi-mawari. The skill of koshi-mawari is defined by 3 major aspect: use of chidori-ashi vertical turning of koshi horizontal turning of koshi There are more aspect in koshi-mawari, but lets […]

Koshi-mawari & sotai-dosa

The main ways of moving the body and hands were picked from Aiki skills, then simplified and abstracted and  organized as the exercise forms. Teruo Fujiwara In the Tomiki system, the use of solo-exercises and paired exercises are incorporated into the training method. Originally it was called Judo Taiso or Yawara Taiso and the purpose […]

Integrating Koshi Mawari

This is a sequel on “Aikidō: A Matrix Budō“. We will go deeper into the movements of the koshi, namely koshi mawari. The skill of koshi-mawari is practised at the first place with solo-exercises: tandoku undo. During a seminar (March 2007), Fumiaki Shishida – JAA-Shihan re-introduced the concept of chidori-ashi. Unsoku (Shumoku-ashi 3 basics, Chidori-ashi, […]

Aikidō: A Matrix Budō

In 1976, I stayed for several weeks in Shizuoka Japan and practised mostly Korindo Ryu Aikido with Hakamatsu sensei, a Shihan of Minoru Hirai Korindo Ryu. I didn’t really understood very well the principles and concepts of this martial art. But I made a lot of notes in my martial art diary. From time to […]