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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Tandoku Undo – Solo training

Workshop 14-16 February 2020 This workshop was build around basic aikido movements and the overlapping elements of different methods of aikido. Solo training: warming up, unsoku ho and tandoku undo Partner training: 7-hon no kuzushi – using the central line or seichusen Partner training: 2 aspects of tekubi waza – hineri & gaeshi Taijū no […]

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 […]

Pause as a moving factor

Conscious and unconscious movement Moving around is part of the most enjoyable activities in humans life and when our movements stop, our life is also stopping. But sometimes we need a rest, sleeping, relaxing, ….. Taking a rest or relaxing is part of our movement and at first sight there is no outward movement. It […]

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 […]

Fibonacci, tenshikei, meguri

Practising for health purposes is an assumption often made by marketeers for a martial art like aikido, based upon a balance between soft and hard. Movements are created following a spiral pattern. It gives a perception of harmony which is another assumption. When aikido is promoted as a competitive sport, other factors become also important. […]