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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Martial Arts Exercises

When talking about martial arts exercises, most of you will think about “warming up or cooling down”. In fact in traditional martial arts, those exercises don’t exist. Warming up and cooling down are the result of Western influence in martial arts as a sport activity. This impact started when Japan became more open to Western […]

Kiai

Gorin no sho In this inspiring book written by Musashi Miyamote (17th century) there is section about the shouts during a battle. The phrase ‘sen go no koe’ (before and after voice) 前後の声 is used to describe how to use shouts in a fight. He also said not to use a shout during cutting. This […]

17-hon no kata – Hiji-waza

Skin-effect When grasping the wrist of Uke it is only grasping the skin and underlying tissue. It is not grasping the bones. Grasping the skin has an effect on the fascia system. Oshi-taoshi Tori use skin effect on Uke’s wrist. Tori using a diagonal spiral in the torso move from the elbow to drive Uke’s […]

Full potential power through Tanren

Tanren ‘Tanren’, or “repetitive slow drilling” is highly regarded as a method of power building. But power building is not the equivalent of power training in the gym. It is about moving the body or bodyparts by using all the parts of the body. Please refer to rendo and the rule of 3. Slow movement […]

Tegatana (手刀)

Tegatana (Japanese for hand sword) is a term that refers to the idea the hand and the arm are in the shape of a Japanese sword. During training, uke and tori often face each other with their respective tegatana that touch each other. From this position, considered the ideal distance for two unarmed opponents, many […]