Exercises to develop “mata power”

The power generated using “mata” or “kua (Chinese)” is an action that is hard to explain in words. It involves every part of your body. When you have access to someone who can give you the basics, the following exercises are almost self-explanatory. We will cover 4 exercises Vertical forward (oshi taoshi) Vertical backward (hiki […]

Haragei, the physical side

Haragei, the art of hara is a concept with a lot of interpretations and is essentially a concept referring mainly in a metaphysical context. There is also a physical aspect when we look at “haragei”. The hara in single words is the part under the diaphragm and consist of “koshi”, “tanden” and “yobu”. In some […]

If you wish to see the Truth…

“If you wish to see the truth then hold no opinions for or against anything. To set up what you like against what you dislike is the disease of the mind.Do not search for the truth; only cease to cherish opinions. When the mind exists undisturbed in the Way, nothing in the world can offend, […]

The Art of Cutting

Integrating the use of kyokotsu and tanden has an enormous impact on cutting efficiency. This effect is due to a wave of power generated by the kyokotsu skill. You will find some info on a “wave of power” blog post. Lifting the sword in jodan position with Chidori ashi foot posture, keep the centre line […]

“Wave of Power”

Much has been said in the debate on internal and external power. Most martial methods are built around a variety of concepts, including interior and/or exterior components. When a debate is held, we must look at the context of the debate. Basically, we should be aware of the definition of internal or external power given […]

Ankles, knees, pelvis and kyokotsu

The motions of the body are magical, we can move many parts of our body in order to accomplish many physical tasks. But we can more with our body, there are certain parts that we have to pay attention to and we will discover many other physical features of our body. Kyokotsu movement Kyokotsu in […]

Tai-sabaki – Movement Control

Tai-sabaki – Shintai – Shizentai All the practitioners of the Tomiki method, whether it is Aikido or Judo, are familiar with this model of footwork. This is one of the many overlapping components between Aikido and Judo. It is used in numerous books written by Kenji Tomiki. In “Judo et Aïkido”, an abbreviated English version […]

A “Corona” approach

Corona – COVID-19 is a pandemic that excludes all forms of social contact, such as practising martial arts as a method of partner training. But there is a positive aspect for practitioners lacking the workout with a partner. For those who continue their solo training, the emphasis is more on the efficiency of the body […]

Rendo -The art of linking

A “martial art body” is determined by the word “Jukozo” or flexible structure. When we see how someone is catching a ball, we can get an idea how the body works during a whole body movement. The synchronisation of the body with the ball is the main concept. Catching with a stiff body will not […]

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 […]