Ridatsu-ho and seigo-ho (2)

Break away & control There are different kinds of attacking movements when confronting an opponent. Punching, striking, pushing….. Kicking Grasping Other attacks Ridatsu-ho & seigo-ho are skills to deal with grasping attacks. The most basic grasping attack is certainly “grasping the wrist” and is the subject of many sequences in Tomiki Aikido kata. Koryu no […]

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 […]

Resilience, a balance…

Budo Aikido: the Art of Aikido “Tradition is not the worship of ashes, but the preservation of fire.” ― Gustav Mahler– Can we improve our Budo Aikido with exercises? Yes, but unfortunately there are too many for practising during 1 training session.As we all know, prof. Tomiki is famous for rationalizing aikido and created logical structures for […]

Koryu no kata – Dai Yon (3)

Oyo waza Section 3 of koryu no kata dai yon is called Oyo Waza Oyo Waza literally means “application techniques”, which means you are using basic techniques in different attacking situations. You are required to “adapt” the basic technique without changing the concept and principles. Section 3 – Techniques 1-4 These waza don’t use a […]

Koryu no kata – jo no tsukai

The logic of the kata Mike Rother wrote an interesting book on kata: Toyota Kata. Toyota Kata defines management as, “the systematic pursuit of desired conditions by utilizing human capabilities in a concerted way.” Rother proposes that it is not solutions themselves that provide sustained competitive advantage and long-term survival, but the degree to which […]

Koryu no kata – Dai Yon (2)

There are different opinions on the meaning of ura-waza. reverse or counter technique, also called kaeshi-waza. alternative performance of kuzushi with application ………. 7-hon no kuzushi ura-waza In Koryu no kata Dai Yon, the 2nd section is called Ura-waza. This section is build upon the omote-waza discussed in a previous article. The start of the 7 […]

Koryu no kata – Dai Yon (1)

A main component of Dai Yon is the (un)famous 7-hon no kuzushi. The 1st part of the Dai-Yon is about throwing an opponent after acquiring a perfect “kuzushi”. This possibility in a fighting situation will be very rare….although it can happen if….. Koryu no kata Dai  Yon Nage no kata – omote waza – 7 […]

Tenshi-Meguri & 7-hon no kuzushi

In the 70-ties I had the opportunity to study aikido with Hirokazu Kobayashi. In that time I didn’t understand the concept of meguri* and tenshi (body rotation). Kobayashi stressed on many occasions the spiral movement of the wrist and the dropping of the elbow. Using the koshi was also one of his favorite remarks. It […]

Aiki-Do, the way to Aiki?

Aikido or Aiki-Do? There are many explanations for Aiki-Do and from a historical point of view we have to look a the lineage of the many educational lines of Aiki-Do. Morihei Ueshiba can be credited to be the founder of Aikido and was a student of Sokaku Takeda, the founder of modern Daito Ryu Aikijutsu […]

Tomiki’s Nagashi-kata

The word nagashi is used in martial arts when a strategy of deflection is needed. Iaido kata “Uke-nagashi” is an example where deflection and power of the opponent’s cut is used to counterattack. Other Japanese martial arts are using the same strategy with different names. In Wado-ryu Karate, nagashi is frequently used to explain the […]