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: […]

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 […]

The influence of Chidori ashi

During “corona” time, we manage to do a lot of solo training. Solo training for a prolonged period can change our movements. It is necessary to understand the mechanism behind the changes. This post is an attempt to explain some points I am working on during this “corona” time. I have the opportunity to practice in […]

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 […]

8 Tegatana no dosa

Can we change the technical heritage of Kenji Tomiki? This question was addressed in another blog-post and there is of course no definite answer. If you are a true “purist”, changing is not a possibility. On the other hand, Kenji Tomiki made many versions of his technical repertoire and gave the advice to research and […]

The effect of koshi-mawari

There is an interesting aspect on the integration of koshi -mawari in our martial art movements. The range of our movements becomes greater when integrating koshi-mawari. The skill of koshi-mawari is defined by 3 major aspect: use of chidori-ashi vertical turning of koshi horizontal turning of koshi There are more aspect in koshi-mawari, but lets […]

Aikidō: A Matrix Budō

In 1976, I stayed for several weeks in Shizuoka Japan and practised mostly Korindo Ryu Aikido with Hakamatsu sensei, a Shihan of Minoru Hirai Korindo Ryu. I didn’t really understood very well the principles and concepts of this martial art. But I made a lot of notes in my martial art diary. From time to […]

Yōso-fundamental elements

In his book “Don’t think, listen to the body”, Akira Hino discussed the skill of Hakkei (instant or explosive power). To perform such a skill, the sensation line of Rendo is needed. In fact to actualize a technique, a precise line of sensation is needed. To create such a line, a precise understanding of fundamentals […]

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 […]