Yōso-fundamental elements

In his book “Don’t think, listen to the body”, Akira Hino discussed the skill of Hakkei (instant or explosive power). To perform such a skill, the sensation line of Rendo is needed. In fact to actualize a technique, a precise line of sensation is needed. To create such a line, a precise understanding of fundamentals […]

Ki-flow, truth or nonsense

Intro The discussion about truth or nonsense is non-productive as we try to find a Western answer on the question if Ki exist. Martial art with the Ki-concept as Aikido, is based around the existence of Ki (Qi in Chinese). When we cannot accept the existence of the ki-concept we cannot define our art as […]

The essence of things

Because we are very practical with some philosophical inspiration from Western point of view, the definition of martial arts must be seen from a practical application.

Can we change the kata of Kenji Tomiki?

Changing posture or not? We cannot change Kenji Tomiki’s kata. Although we change frequently the kata according our understanding. In basic 17 kata, Tori and Uke are always starting from a “ai gamae” posture. Right handed or left handed. In basic 15 kata, this is different. Most of the waza start from ai gamae. Gyaku […]

Workshop 14-15 Dec 2019

Distance – Ma-ai Making distance or ma-ai is an action. It is not a posture. It can be used in all situations with an opponent. To-ma: a distance where tori or uke cannot touch each other. Uchi-ma: a distance where we touch each other, in other words the situation where you are standing at the […]

Ma-ai, a question of space

Budo movement can be understood as communication between two persons mediated by the body, that is usually considered two separate and independent bodies but rather should be considered integrated as one body communication system.The point where two bodies (in Budo) becomes one body communication system depends upon the condition of the interface between the two […]

Pause as a moving factor

Conscious and unconscious movement Moving around is part of the most enjoyable activities in humans life and when our movements stop, our life is also stopping. But sometimes we need a rest, sleeping, relaxing, ….. Taking a rest or relaxing is part of our movement and at first sight there is no outward movement. It […]

Bending the knees

Bending the knees is not always bending the knees. Keep in mind, ‘bend your knees’ means having the ankles and hips in the correct position as well. If the knees were bent but the hips are not pushed back/down and the ankles are not properly flexed, then bending your knees might not be a good […]

Fibonacci, tenshikei, meguri

Practising for health purposes is an assumption often made by marketeers for a martial art like aikido, based upon a balance between soft and hard. Movements are created following a spiral pattern. It gives a perception of harmony which is another assumption. When aikido is promoted as a competitive sport, other factors become also important. […]

Tsugi Ashi

Basic foot movements are a part of basic displacements. We distinguish displacement with and without foot movement. Tsugi ashi is a basic skill and is used in many martial arts in different formats. Mostly it is performed on a flat floor, for example in a dojo with a wooden floor or covered with tatami. There […]