Nov
07

Video Clip: Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba at 1986 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration – Amazing ukemi!

Among the video clips in the Aikido Journal archives is one of Second Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba performing at the 1986 All-Japan Aikido Demonstration at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo. Doshu gave an especially energetic demonstration on this occasion and the three ukemi—Tsuruzo Miyamoto, Hayato Osawa, and Yoshiaki Yokota—are nothing short of phenomenal!

The Aikido Journal archives now include more than 800 articles in twenty different languages and numerous video clips. We are constantly adding new articles and translations in our effort to document aikido and related disciplines past and present. If you would like to support us in this effort by taking out a subscription to the Online Aikido Journal we welcome you to do so by clicking this link.

Nov
06

Add your book review to the world’s largest aikido bibliography!

We would like to point out the available of book summaries and scans for books in our bibliography database.

Click here to see a complete list of books in our database. Among the many features added to the bibliography section is a book review capability replete with a star-rating system.

These features are viewable when clicking the “View entire list” option on the bibliography search page. Another feature is the ability to toggle between images for book entries that have more than one scan available. See here for an example. Remember you can click on any image to enlarge it.

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Nov
05

“Men in Skirts – Hakama Anecdotes,” by Nev Sagiba

About ten years ago a women’s centre invited me to do a one day seminar in “self-defence.” I explained that one day is simply not enough to even begin to get an idea about the potentials involved in violence but the lady who made the call said: “Come along anyway. Oh and by the way do you mind if the ladies are wearing veils.”

I didn’t mind at all and I found myself demonstrating very basic moves in an unknown suburb the other side of the state, to some shy Arab ladies, most wearing hijabs.

Progress was going well, when a tradesman knocked on the only large door of the complex and meekly requested if he could pass through the main entrance with heavy equipment.

“No worries,” was my reply but I could not help notice how fast he recovered his composure at my hakama.
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Nov
04

“Being Strong,” by Gregor Erdmann

“In these situations the desire to become stronger is fuelled by the fear of future emotional hurt, and can become entwined with the situation itself. When this happens, we can become so attached to the particular event that we put all our effort into ensuring that it never happens again. The reality is that all our effort will probably go to waste as this situation will not happen again, only to be bowled over by something we never expected.”

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Nov
03

“Feldenkrais principles in aikido” by Patrick Parker

“Just like me, Moshe Feldenkrais was both a therapist and a Judo black belt. Unlike me, Feldenkrais was a genius. Everything that I have ever read by or about Feldenkrais has been mind-blowingly thought provoking, including his book, Awareness Through Movement, and his Judo Groundwork book which is interpreted in this essay at Judoinfo (this is cool too). Any of Feldenkrais’ stuff that I read once I have to read over and over”

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Nov
03

“Internal Energy Workshop Session #2,” by Gary Ohama

Internal Energy Workshop Session #2 by Gary Ohama was presented several times during October.

Session #2 focused on the placing of internal energy into the hands, and objects grasped/pushed/struck by the hands. To begin the new material, the internal physical dynamics of the hand grasp were presented (“Biomechanical & Breath Optimization of the Hand Grasp Technique,” Gary Ohama, Jan. 16, 2007, aikidojournal.com, Technical Forum Section.) The material in the article was presented with additional focus on the internal energy dynamics of using the hands for specific purposes or results. Grounded energy source vs. internal energy source vs. external ki/spirit source and the specific manifestations of each type of energy source was presented and related to tactical use (“Ueshiba and Timing: Pre-War vs. Post-War Technique,” Gary Ohama, Blog, aikidojournal.com, Jan. 14, 2009.) (“The Effects of Internal Connections on Physical Performance,” Gary Ohama, March 13, 2008, aikidojournal.com, Technical Forum.)
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Nov
02

Recommended link: “Heaven’s Wind: The Nakamura Tempu Story” by Stephen Earle

The following link has been selected based on its potential interest to a wide segment of Aikido Journal readers.

“A contemporary of Ueshiba Morihei, Nakamura also had a deep and lasting influence on the aikido
community; this because a number prominent aikido deshi in the 1950s and 60s split their time between Hombu Dojo and the Tempukai. The most famous of these was Tohei Koichi. Many of the warm-up exercises and “ki practices” that Tohei introduced into Aikido–the “unbendable arm” test, for example–came from the Tempukai, and the term “mind-body unification” used by Tohei to describe his brand of aikido when he split from the Aikikai in 1974 is borrowed directly from Tempu’s philosophy.”

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