Brian Kagen pick: “Aiki Push Hands (with video),” by Jake McKee

“One of the challenges that all Aikido teachers face is how to get students to stop relying on brute strength to move their partners. It was this challenge that led me to develop an exercise that I call “Aiki Push Hands“.

In this exercise both partners place their hands together and try to push each other over. It is exactly this kind of training that shows how reliance on muscular strength will not bring you to your goal.”

Brian Kagen is an avid web researcher with a particular interest in martial arts. His training background includes both judo and aikido. He has contributed hundreds of article links over the years for AJ readers.

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  1. bruce baker says:

    A couple of observations.

    The body is rigid. When the practitioners can’t use the stiffened arms for any reason to off-set their practice partners, they resort to centerline push. Maybe it happens because of the parameters of the practice, feet remain in place until the body is pushed off balance, but pay attention .. the parameters are important.

    Another observation, this same practice resembles the old indian wrestling with a twist.

    Basically, one can use any type of contact, including bokken or jo that maintains contact until some off-balance or some defensive position is compromised compromising the balance, it is not RESTRICTED to just push-hands.

    Maybe I am being picky, but I have seen many variations of balancing practice in many different martial arts, and in fact .. in children’s games we used to play when I was a child.


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