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 […]

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 […]