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 by integrate 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 […]

Taijū no ido & Taijū no dendō

Workshop 14-16 February 2020 This workshop was build around basic aikido movements and the overlapping elements of different methods of aikido. Solo training: warming up, unsoku ho and tandoku undo Partner training: 7-hon no kuzushi – using the central line or seichusen Partner training: 2 aspects of tekubi waza – hineri & gaeshi Taijū no […]

Tandoku Undo – Solo training

Workshop 14-16 February 2020 This workshop was build around basic aikido movements and the overlapping elements of different methods of aikido. Solo training: warming up, unsoku ho and tandoku undo Partner training: 7-hon no kuzushi – using the central line or seichusen Partner training: 2 aspects of tekubi waza – hineri & gaeshi Taijū no […]

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 […]