Rendo -The art of linking

A “martial art body” is determined by the word “Jukozo” or flexible structure. When we see how someone is catching a ball, we can get an idea how the body works during a whole body movement. The synchronisation of the body with the ball is the main concept. Catching with a stiff body will not […]

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 […]

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 […]

Koshi-mawari & sotai-dosa

The main ways of moving the body and hands were picked from Aiki skills, then simplified and abstracted and  organized as the exercise forms. Teruo Fujiwara In the Tomiki system, the use of solo-exercises and paired exercises are incorporated into the training method. Originally it was called Judo Taiso or Yawara Taiso and the purpose […]

Integrating Koshi Mawari

This is a sequel on “Aikidō: A Matrix Budō“. We will go deeper into the movements of the koshi, namely koshi mawari. The skill of koshi-mawari is practised at the first place with solo-exercises: tandoku undo. During a seminar (March 2007), Fumiaki Shishida – JAA-Shihan re-introduced the concept of chidori-ashi. Unsoku (Shumoku-ashi 3 basics, Chidori-ashi, […]

Tenshikei or coiling power

Coiling movements In Aikido, many movements have a “coiling”** effect. Mostly we speak about tenshikei, but of course not all body rotation will create tenshikei or coiling power. Some of the body rotations will create angular momentum. Tenshi is an internal method to create coiling power. Angular momentum is more an external method to create power. […]

The relationship with “Noh”

Japanese martial arts like Budo Aikido have a lot of common with Japanese and Chinese performing arts like Noh, Kabuki or Chinese Opera. Those cultural arts have a history which spans more than 700 years. The ideas of training in Noh or Chinese Opera can be usefull for modern martial arts. In our bodywork, kyokotsu, […]

Tenshikei – rotational body movement

Tenshikei Tenshikei is the Japanese term for chan shi jin or silk reeling, a skill in Internal Chinese martial arts. The name derives from the twisting and spiralling movements of the silkworm as it wraps itself in its cocoon and the pulling off the silk from the coccoon. The body is imitating this by winding […]