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 […]

Nagashi and Hakkei

In this blog post I will try to explain different types or methods to practice Tandoku Undo or the main ways of moving the body and hands picked from Aiki skills, then simplified and abstracted and organized as an exercise course. The result of this training can be seen in the skills of Nagashi and […]

Aikido, a Holistic Approach?

Many groups are advertising Aikido as a holistic training method. A way of Life. There is a danger of putting the mental and technical side to the foreground and the physical aspect is sometimes almost forgotten. The “Ki” or life force is only needed to perform. Nothing is less true. Aikido and holistic training Holistic: […]

The Next Step

Question: What is the purpose of doing Aikido always in the same way for years and years like a robot? Answer: If we do the exercises (solo & partner) by doing it frequently and many repetitions we will progress in our Aikido. It is a delusion to believe we can progress by just doing without […]

Tandoku Undo: Simplified and Abstracted

I wrote about different aspects and concepts in tandoku undo – tegatana dosa in previous blog-posts. All aspects in our life are determined by our experiences in daily life, martial art is not an exception. An interesting development is the motility of the center line to invoke taijū no dendō and koshi-mawari. Using the center line can […]