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 […]

Bending the knees

Bending the knees is not always bending the knees. Keep in mind, ‘bend your knees’ means having the ankles and hips in the correct position as well. If the knees were bent but the hips are not pushed back/down and the ankles are not properly flexed, then bending your knees might not be a good […]

A ring of power

“One Ring to rule them all, One Ring to find them, One ring to bring them all and in the darkness bind them.” Tolkien – 1954 – The Lord of the Rings It is silly to think we can control our movements by just using one virtual ring in the body. Our physical behaviour is […]

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 […]

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 […]