How to choose a good Aikido bokken to start your training The Aikido bokken and the Jo are two sticks that will help you with your Aikido training. I just want to inform you that we have a new page about the Aikido Bokken. In this page, I will share with you what to look […]
Ueshiba Morihei Osensei: The founder and the father of modern Aikido Osensei Morihei Ueshiba (植芝 盛平 Ueshiba Morihei?, December 14, 1883 – April 26, 1969) was a martial artist and founder of the Japanese martial art of Aikido. He is often referred to as “the founder” Kaiso (開祖?) or Ōsensei (大先生/翁先生?), “Great Teacher”. The son […]
Where are the Aikido champion fighters in the brutal UFC octagon? The UFC is an international sport, that is practised in a bloody battleground called the octagon. The UFC is not a gentleman’s sport. It is bloody, brutal, and unforgiving. It is a real blood sport. The rise of the UFC has rendered and painted many […]
Aikido Mind: Are you ready to unlock the Samurai’s five minds in the modern era? The Aikido mind was inherited from the ancient code of bushido. In this post, we look into the ‘five minds’ or the ‘five spirits’ of the Samurai The Aikido Mind came from the five Spirits of Budo. In Aikido, ‘mind’ […]
How to do Yokomen Sankyo from Suwari Waza Yokomen means cut to the side of the head. Sankyo means the third lesson of the pinning or control techniques. This sankyo is a suwariwaza or sitting technique. It is an omote or a technique with a front entry. Sankyo is part of the Osae (control techniques) series […]
Five Aikido technique check-points to dramatically improve your Ichi No (1st) Awase Ichi No Awase (1st Blending Drill), Aikido, Aiki Ken Checks on body movement and footwork for Ichi No Awase Stand on a firm Ichi No Suburi stance. As your opponent performs a straight strike, slide your body to the right side of the attack. […]
Osensei supervising an Aikido class at his Iwama Dojo A rare glimpse on how was training during the early days of Aikido at Osensei’s Iwama Dojo Iwama Dojo 1960s: In this Aikido video Saito Sensei teaches a class in the Iwama dojo under the supervision of Morihei Ueshiba Osensei the founder of modern Aikido. In this keiko (class) you […]
Koichi Kashiwaya Sensei Kashiwaya Sensei of the Ki Society Kashiwaya Sensei is one of the very few full-time Aikido professionals in the United States and travels extensively and frequently, teaching on behalf of Ki Society HQ, for his MKF dojo, and occasional seminars for other groups throughout the world. A major emphasis in his teaching […]
Dark Aikido: The side of Aikido traditional experts didn’t want you to know Dark Aikido comes from within This article about ‘Dark Aikido’ has been in my draft folder now for months. I didn’t really want to publish it because I want to promote good Aikido on this site. I was talking about this post […]
How did Conan learn how to use his sword? Conan the barbarian is still one of my favourite sword fighting epic films of all time. I still get the occasional jokes from friends and acquaintances about Conan summoning my name ‘Crom’ the unforgiving god of courage and steel. Besides all the basic plot and story of […]
31 Jo Kata Let me share with you the 31 jo kata from Iwama Aikido as part of my Aikido Journal. Aikido Moves The 31 Jo kata is part of the Buki Waza (Warrior or Weapons Techniques). The original 31 Jo Kata was taught by Osensei to Saito Sensei. Saito Sensei broke them down into […]
Aikido Suburi: 13 Jo kata 13 jo kata video diary I arrived at the dojo a bit early the other day , so I decided to document my 13 jo kata for video diary. Since I was by myself I started doing my warm up by doing Jo Suburi. I decided to do the 13 Jo Kata […]
How to do the 3 and 4 Kumi Tachi Effectively In this video, Sergey Utrobin Sensei of Aikido Iwama Ryu Moscow demonstrates Kumi Tachi 3 and 4 Kumi Tachi with four variations (henka). Utrobin Sensei starts with san (3) no Kumi Tachi and 4 Kumi Tachi. Utrobin Sensei alternates between Tachi (cut) henka and a Tachi Dori […]
Born 1947 in Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan. Became a live-in student at the Yoshinkan Aikido Honbu Dojo under Soke Gozo Shioda in 1968, where he remained until 1987 and held the position of Dojocho (Chief Instructor) from the age of 23. From 1978 until 1987 he was a part-time aikido instructor for the police department. In 1981, Takeno Sensei […]
A short Aikido movie from the Czech Republic. Aikido movie about an average cool guy enjoying his music, walking down the road when he sees a damsel in distress being hassled by a group of bad guys. He comes in and uses Aikido moves to help the damsel and saves the day. The Aikido movie […]
The Art of Peace by Morihei Ueshiba My rating: 5 of 5 stars I finally read ‘The Art of Peace’ cover to cover. I’ve read numerous parts before and used the book as a reference to Aikido, however not cover to cover. The language used by Morihei Ueshiba Osensei (Great Teacher) is rather esoteric and […]
An Aikido defence from a hook punch attack using a leg sweep by Joe Thambu Shihan
Practice Aikido anywhere: I love to paint. I work for a building and painting company. I spend a lot of my working hours painting. One of my passions is the martial art Aikido. I do as much training as I can to achieve mastery. Like most Aikidoka (practitioners of Aikido), my time is divided between […]
An ordinary office worker gets to demonstrate Aikido in front of Martial Arts Masters As an ordinary office ‘pen pushing’ worker that works eight to ten hours a day, my escape is to put on my white judogi (pajamas) at the end of the day and practice budo (martial arts). There was an inter-martial arts demonstration of Sydney […]
Believe, Decide and Keep On Going. The only difference that I’ve noticed between Good Aikidoka and most people, is this conviction, this burning fire of ‘I’m not gonna stop at anything that doesn’t resonate. I’m not gonna stop at anything that feels like limitation. I’m not gonna stop at anything if it doesn’t feel true.’ So […]
Evidence that Osensei’s Aikido remained relatively the same post war. Although limited, we can still find enough photos and videos about Aikido’s history. As an Aikidoka (practitioner of Aikido) I am fascinated by our Aiki history. From General Yoshimitsu (credited by Daito Ryu Aikijutsu) research in the battle field, to Takeda Sensei swashbuckling days to Osensei’s retirement and […]
How does a woman beat a man twice her size. She is an Aikido woman. A Good Aikido scene from the television series ‘Man In The High Castle’ (Amazon Studios). The main character Juliana Crain is a woman and a master of Aikido. The story line is an alternative universe where the axis powers won […]
Aikido Exercises: 6 ways to do your Aikido Tanren Training. The first time I saw an Aikido Tanren was at Mic Marelli Sensei’s ‘Aiki Kunren (Shuren) Dojo’ in the North Shore of Sydney. It was made up of a tyre and encased in a box made out of timber. I used it a few times […]
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