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 […]

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 […]

Kokyu ryoku as a result of Taijū no dendō

taïjū = body weight – dendō = transmission, conduction Kokyū-Ryoku (呼吸力, Breath Power) Is the concept of relaxed power generated from the tanden. There is an implication in the word kokyū that this type of power does not clash with uke. (From Wikipedia) Kokyu is mostly translated as “breath”, but can be understood as the concept of “prana” in yoga. Although it […]

Be creative in your training

During the “Corona Pandemic” the art of training becomes important and intructors have to be very creative to inspire the students. Although we have many “solo exercises” in Tomiki Aikido, the purpose of the training during the pré-Corana time was more on partner exercises, formal exercises and sparring. Because we cannot practise with a partner […]

Evolution and Innovation

If we look at humanity’s slow rise from prehistory, there have been three waves ofevolutionary acceleration. The first was the transition from hunting-gathering to the development of the agricultural age. This happened roughly a few thousand years ago. The second was the industrial revolution, propelled by the invention of automation and standardization. This happened a […]

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 […]