Oct
15

“Functional Strength Training for Combat Sports,” by Adam Dean

“Functional strength training is getting more and more popular. And that is a good thing. In large part, the rapidly spreading Crossfit protocols have popularized functional, compound movements and high intensity workouts into more of the mainstream. In the realm of Low Tech Combat, combat sport athletes are especially interested in functional strength in the search for that competitive edge in their sport. But has the popularity of CrossFit over-emphasized ‘generalness’?”

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Oct
14

“Move In Regardless, Keep Moving, Move in Early,” by Nev Sagiba

I knew an old style jujitsu practitioner, T. who put it this way: “I may get hit on the way in but once I’m in I’ll break them.” And he did.

T. came from an “old jujutsu” tradition and his teacher regularly competed in Catch Can or “catch as catch can” contests until he was banned because his opponents tended to die. see: Catch wrestling
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catch_wrestling
There’s nothing new about MMA. In those days it had different names and probably less rules. And going back in history.. in time.. well that’s a long story. Good research.

T. was good to practice with and had immense respect for Aikido, since as he trained, it was little different to how I trained, in prep for the real deal. There is no other way.
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Oct
14

Recommended reading: “O-Sensei’s Fame Spreads” by Kazuhiko Ikeda

The article below has been selected from the extensive archives of the Online Aikido Journal. We believe that an informed readership with knowledge of the history, techniques and philosophy of aikido is essential to the growth of the art and its adherence to the principles espoused by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.

He sold all his possessions in Tanabe including his house and land and with his wife, Hatsu, moved to Ayabe. He built a home on the outskirts of the city of Hongu and called on Deguchi at the Omoto Headquarters everyday. At that time, Ueshiba was strongly attracted by the personality of Deguchi and deeply respected him as a spiritual guide. He became a personal follower.

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Oct
14

“Teaching Children Martial Arts: A Winning Approach,” by Matt Klein

“Many martial arts schools teach children as a sidelight to their main focus: adults. They are not that interested in children, and only do it because it represents a sizable chunk of their school’s income. Children are routinely thrown into adults classes or treated as ‘miniature adults.’ A school that can focus on the needs of children will be very successful, as there are few that get it right. To be a successful martial arts school for children, it is important to recognize how teaching them differs from the teaching of adults.”

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Oct
13

Get your free 4-hour lecture while the opportunity lasts!

Nearly 200 readers have already taken advantage of our free offer of a 4-hour lecture on aikido history by Aikido Journal Editor Stanley Pranin. For most of you, this is probably the most detailed information you will have been exposed to on the subject.

This is an excellent opportunity to learn about the early years of Morihei Ueshiba and the development of aikido. In addition, you will become acquainted with the charismatic religious leader, Onisaburo Deguchi, and the jujutsu expert, Sokaku Takeda, who heavily influenced Morihei Ueshiba during his younger years. The actual events of Morihei’s life are far more interesting than the myths about the Aikido Founder that have been perpetuated through the years.

The lecture is in the form of four mp3 files sent out at two-day intervals. Following the final installment, participants will receive an email containing coupon links to purchase Aikido Journal products at excellent discounts.

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Oct
13

Recommended reading: “Founder of Aikido (38): Training in the Way and Farming in Iwama” by Kisshomaru Ueshiba

The article below has been selected from the extensive archives of the Online Aikido Journal. We believe that an informed readership with knowledge of the history, techniques and philosophy of aikido is essential to the growth of the art and its adherence to the principles espoused by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.

About that time the Founder secretly traveled to the continent accompanied by his student Mr. Tsutomu Yukawa in compliance with the wishes of Lord Fumimaro Konoe and others. They were to be part of the process of laying the groundwork for peace negotiations with China. The reason for this attempt at peacemaking was that Japan was going to be forced to divide its war potential due to the entry of the United States Into the war. The miltiary suddenly decided to seek to conclude a peace with Chiang Kai-shek in order to withdraw from the fighting on the continent. Probes were made and groundwork laid through all possible routes. The Founder took part in these efforts and journeyed to China. Those in power were hoping to use his broad range of friends and acquaintances towards this end.

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Oct
13

“Onkochishin,” by Sue Peterson

“I recently tested for and obtained my Aikido black belt. For those of you who have tested and passed at any rank, you will know that these kinds of milestones can be good. They signify an attainment of skill and a level of understanding within your art, and they also mark the start of the path on the next part of your journey where your knowledge and experience will deepen even further.”

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Oct
12

Recommended reading: “Interview with Koichi Tohei (1)” by Stanley Pranin

The article below has been selected from the extensive archives of the Online Aikido Journal. We believe that an informed readership with knowledge of the history, techniques and philosophy of aikido is essential to the growth of the art and its adherence to the principles espoused by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.

Decisive action is born of an understanding of that which is in accord with the principles of Heaven and Earth. A lack of this understanding leads to “unreasonable effort,” or muri, the literal meaning of which is “lack of principle,” and should be avoided. This has always been my way of thinking and the reason I have scrupulously avoided acting in ways that involve unreasonable effort or that go against these principles.

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Oct
12

“Mind Training for Martial Artists| Part 6: Fear Control,” by Neal Martin

“Fear is a constant companion for most people, especially in today’s urban environment where violence and confrontation are the norm. Out of all the emotions one can have, most people know fear the best, simply because it has such a powerful influence on us. To have a life without fear in it is almost impossible for most people to imagine and indeed it is not really one you should try to imagine for fear is a constant of the human condition; it’s as much a part of us as any other emotion and to try and rid yourself permanently of it is a fruitless endeavor.”

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Oct
11

Download lecture on Aikido history by Stanley Pranin as our free gift!

Some years ago, Aikido Journal Editor Stanley Pranin conducted a comprehensive 4-hour lecture on aikido history. The talk touched upon the life and art of Founder Morihei Ueshiba, the famous jujutsu expert, Sokaku Takeda, and the charismatic religious leader, Onisaburo Deguchi, both of whom had a profound impact on Morihei’s career. Many fascinating, little-known details about O-Sensei are revealed that challenge the accepted views of aikido’s birth and evolution.

This presentation was recorded in its entirety and is now available to interested readers in the form of mp3 audio files that can be freely downloaded and played on your computer. In addition to the lecture portion of the program, the lively question and answer sessions that took place are also included.

Stanley Pranin lived in Japan for more than 20 years. As a practitioner and researcher of aikido, he conducted over 300 interviews during his stay in the birthplace of aikido. During that time, he met and interacted with most of the leading figures in the art, many of whom have since left us. Pranin began a newsletter in 1974 called “Aiki News,” which later morphed into “Aikido Journal” magazine, and finally “Aikido Journal,” the world’s leading website on the art. His unique perspectives often depart from the usual portrayal of aikido history, so prepare to have your views of aikido’s origins turned upside down!

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Oct
11

“Potential,” by Rick Berry

“Potential: Refers to that state or condition of anything which is not in an active state. It is a static condition which means it is dormant.

DDDP is the answer. The question is, ‘Why do so many not live up to their full or even partially full potential?’”

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Oct
11

Recommended reading: “Founder of Aikido (17): Master Onisaburo Deguchi” by Kisshomaru Ueshiba

The article below has been selected from the extensive archives of the Online Aikido Journal. We believe that an informed readership with knowledge of the history, techniques and philosophy of aikido is essential to the growth of the art and its adherence to the principles espoused by Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba.

Thus, at the age of 27, he went away to lonesome Takakura Mountain where he shut himself up in a rock cave for a prolonged fast. After seven days he received a revelation that he had reached the state of “feeling and meeting the Holy Spirit”, and he returned home. On so doing, however, he fell into a paralized condition and was completely unable to move for several days. When he woke up he found that he suddenly had a tremendous spiritual ability.

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