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 […]

A ring of power

“One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.” Tolkien – 1954 – The Lord of the Rings It is silly to think we can control our movements by just using one virtual ring in the body. Our physical behaviour is […]

Meditative Movements: Fusion between Mind & Body

We learn not to move, but to be movedSometimes people ask me about my passion for martial arts. The answer is straightforward: to become better than yesterday.Of course ageing is a factor to take into account and which is “a game breaker”. What you can do when you are 20 will be not the same […]

Redesign training program

If you are a real puritan practitioner this post is not really for you. It contains crosstraining ideas from other martial arts and movement methods. But if you are open to new ideas, please read further. Cross-training refers to training in any martial art or activity that isn’t in your usual practice, with the goal […]

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 […]