Hara : Koshi, Tanden & Yōbu

Hara – Tanden, Koshi & Yōbu Basically Hara is the lower part of the central body. Mostly it is translated as “belly” or “abdomen”. Hara has 3 major parts. Koshi means the area of the hips. It also includes the lower back. Tanden is a point below the navel, loosely translated as the energy centre (Chinese […]

Taijū no idō & Taijū no dendō

Among the fundamental elements for generating power are taijū no idō or body weight shift and taijū no dendō or body weight transmission. The displacement of the body weight is when one moves his center of gravity. The transmission of the body weight is the action of putting the weight  into the opponent. For example […]

Shotei Awase

Shotei awase is traditionally taught as an isometric exercise. Isometric exercise or isometrics are a type of strength training in which the joint angle and muscle length do not change during contraction. Isometrics are done in static positions, rather than being dynamic through a range of motion. From a magazine named “Gendai Aiki” Gendai budō (現代武道), […]

Tegatana no godosa – 5 handblade

There are 5 basic movements.Those movements can be combined with unsoku ho and tenshikei skills. Formal Tandoku Undo Tegatana dosa Tandoku undo – unsoku ho/tegatana dosa are traditional Tomiki Aikido solo-exercises. In the history of Tomiki Aikido different versions were used. When Senta Yamada came to England, he taught  3 unsoku-ho and 8 tandoku undo  […]

Koryu no Kata

The purpose of Koryu no kata First I have to mention, koryu no kata are practice kata rather than actual fighting kata. There are 6 koryu no kata with each a different purpose. The origin of some koryu no kata can be found in Daito Ryu Aiki Jujutsu or other Japanese martial arts like Kito […]

Katachi or Kata

Waza – Katachi – Kata (The Japanese way) Adapted from an article by Kumiko Ikuta (1990) AI & Soc 4: 127-146 Waza is a skill within the Japanese traditional performance arts or martial arts such as Noh, Kabuki, Aikido, Judo and others. Waza will be shown by a sensei and a learner can master it […]

Tegatana Awase

Tegatana awase Tegatana awase is a basic exercise in Tomiki Aikido. Mostly it is used to study good posture and distance. Don’t bend the posture in the lower back. Of course the study of tegatana awase goes beyond posture and distance. When Uke (senior) moves around, Tori (student) must follow smoothly Uke’s movement while keeping […]

Atemi and tegatana

Tegatana – handblade In various schools of martial arts, there are different ways of delivering a blow. One can strike with the fist, handblade, elbow, knee or foot or even a combination. The handblade or tegatana (lit. handsword) is the part of the body most often used in aikido to strike in attack or parry […]

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 […]

Unsoku ho – Footwork exercises

Forward and back unsoku An exercise about “kuzushi” or feeling and using gravity Using gravity is only possible if the knees and hip joints are flexible. Again, the sensation of feeling and using gravity will avoid to give a signal to the opponent . We start slowly and sometimes we exaggerate the movement by making […]