Nov
09

“Three Powerful Warm-up Techniques for Optimal Performance,” by Nhan-Esteban Khuong

“The standard warm-up routine practiced by the average weekend warrior seems to consist primarily of a combination of static and ballistic stretches. A martial artist, for example, might try to touch his toes with a bouncing motion to stretch the hamstrings, followed by a side split hold, and maybe a triceps stretch by raising an arm overhead and forcing the elbow back with the other hand, and finish up with some windmills and side bends.”

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Nov
09

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Nov
08

Recommended reading: “Dojo as a Cultural Center (1)” by Jay Gluck

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.

Through a Korean former classmate of mine from New York, I was introduced to some karate and kendo demonstrations by Korean residents, and when I left the magazines to get married and move to a fishing village near Hiroshima for a two-year honeymoon, I decided to look into martial arts seriously, starting with kendo, as a marvelous old master lived nearby. Thus began my sojourn in the world of martial arts as chronicled in these pages in previous issues.

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Nov
08

“Need a Goal? Build Your Own PFT,” by Stew Smith

“Even though you may be working out several times per week, many get into a rut of doing the same old routine. It is true that this ‘rut’ is better than the alternative of not exercising at all, but it can lead to plateaus in progress whether your ultimate goal is performance or aesthetics based. This can be somewhat de-​​motivating. A recent email prompted me to create a method for people to develop goals by using a standard PFT style program for testing.”

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Nov
07

Recommended reading: “Interview with Noriaki Inoue (2)” by Stanley Pranin

The interview below with Noriaki (Yoichiro) Inoue, nephew of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba, 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.

When I met Takeda Sensei and he told me to practice with him I refused to do so saying I didn’t like his type of training. Takeda Sensei really wanted to teach me. My father and Ueshiba’s father talked things over back in Tanabe and built a dojo for him. Because Morihei said he wanted to study the art in Shirataki, my father and Ueshiba’s father built a dojo and Takeda Sensei was invited to teach. I think at that time my uncle was already over 30. Ueshiba’s father (Yoroku) was a great person and also very strong. I don’t think anyone, not even sumo wrestlers, were stronger than him. He too was fond of the martial arts and this was why he understood Morihei’s strong desire to study the art and agreed to help him. Although I don’t know how much, they sent money to Takeda Sensei every month. Our fathers certainly gave what Sensei needed for the rest of his life and sent him cash every month. My father also thought that it would be nice to have a budo man from our family. Ueshiba’s father did it out of affection towards his child.

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Nov
07

“NOW PRESCENCE,” by Will Gable

“Allowing ourselves to practice as a whole expression of our multi dimensional being is a way for our Presence to be realized and lived as the doorway to the true NOW. If we live as if the NOW is between the past and the future, we are still living in and on linear consensus reality and think because we are being mindful we have awakened to the transcendent and vertical NOW.”

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Nov
06

“Pieces Of A Jigsaw,” by Nev Sagiba

All martial arts are bullshit!

They must be. Someone has, at some stage, said this of just about every training method that exists. Except the one that’s in vogue at the time. The latest trend. Or the favourite prejudice of the complainer, his “style.”

What do people mean by this? What makes them come up with such a comment? What exactly are the qualifications of the persons making these executive sweeping statements from a distance?

Have they tried the practice they are criticizing for twenty years or more? Do they have direct in-depth personal experience, having road tested the art for more than one day? Have they conducted a series of fully scientific double blind comparative tests? Have they personally evaluated in the real field of battle and completed a properly scrutinized study?
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Nov
06

“Self Defense in Schools? California Bill to Governator!,” by John W. Zimmer

“When I was in Junior High School I took an opportunity to take Chito Ryu karate lessons from a teacher’s assistant (TA). You see he had heard me and a few other students talking about how we wanted to learn karate. We (the students) found out that the TA had attained a brown belt in Okinawa while we was in the military. I think classes lasted about three months before he left but that was my first exposure to martial arts proper (if you don’t count books and movies)!”

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Nov
05

Brian Kagen pick: “Focus and Aikido Training,” by Francis Takahashi from aikiweb.com

“There is no doubt in my mind, based on my training and experience, that the Founder’s art form and original techniques were designed to be effective, and to be validly accepted as genuine martial techniques by other genuine and sincere martial artists and masters within the martial arts brotherhood. Nonetheless, the vast majority of students who train in Aikido, instructors and trainees alike, do not appear to have the ability nor the training to properly “focus”, and have their Aikido techniques reach their desired potential of effectiveness, authenticity and respectability.”

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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Nov
05

“Socrates, Rory Miller, & Earthworms,” by Kris Wilder

“My conversations with Rory Miller often are ones that leave me with points to ponder. During one conversation, I was lamenting on the issue of the moment, and Rory said something that set the wheels in my head to churning, he said, ‘Kris, life is easy I see stupid people do it all the time.’”

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Nov
04

Recommended reading: “Remembering Takuma Hisa” by Stanley Pranin

The article below on Takuma Hisa Sensei 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.

It is a daunting task to attempt to define the role of Takuma Hisa within the context of the overlapping histories of aikido and Daito-ryu aikijujutsu. The dynamics of Hisa’s associations with Morihei Ueshiba and Sokaku Takeda, two giants of modern Japanese martial arts history, are little understood. This is because Hisa was caught in an awkward situation resulting from the sometimes bizarre relationship between Ueshiba and Takeda. Hence, a principal aim of this essay will be to clarify Hisa’s relationships with his two teachers and stimulate a reevaluation of his great contribution to the aiki arts.

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Nov
04

“Even More! Evasion and Response Drills Against a Long Stick, Baseball Bat and Randomly Drawn Knife,” by Randy Simpson CPT

“This is some good fun. Each drill is totally unscripted and unrehearsed- the attacker is free to attack how he chooses and the defender is responding intuitively- so there is an element of ‘aliveness’ to it that is often lacking in traditional karate. The drill is an ‘integration game’ that allows both partners to experiment with techniques and strategies learned in other settings in a live fashion. The student in the blue shirt has been training for one year.”

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