Feb
12

“Yet More Shihonage Technotes,” by Eric R. C. Holcomb

“Here are a list of shihonage (四方投げ) concepts that have helped me a lot. Please note that I am not claiming that any are the One True Way. Rather, this is my understanding at this moment. My understanding is subject to regular, painful (to me), evolution. As such, when next I write about Shihonage I may hold the belief that it can only be performed under the influence of grass hula-skirts and coconut shells.”

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Feb
11

“Sweet Science – lessons from boxing defense for all martial arts,” by John Law

“We’ve been working on distance and timing recently and this post will attempt to define and illustrate some of that work with video of exceptional boxing defense. I learnt very little about this subject before training at Primal where it was given great importance. It seems that this area of training is often neglected in many forms of martial arts, although it should not be. I am not the only person with this opinion, in the video on the Burmese Boxing post the instructor states the very same.”

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Feb
10

Recommended reading: “Interview with Noriaki Inoue (3)” by Stanley Pranin

The interview below with Noriaki (Yoichiro) Inoue, nephew of 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.

It is difficult to enter my dojo to practice because our office head is quite strict. However since I heard that you telephoned me so many times I felt sorry for you. I heard that you have been living in Japan for years publishing news about aikido and making great efforts. Therefore I thought I would see you once and have a relaxed conversation and tell you some things frankly. This is why we had you come here. Excuse me! (Laughter) Please forgive us. That’s the kind of person I am. I hate putting on airs or telling lies. If someone lies they are sure to be caught

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Feb
10

“Mental Training for Martial Art: Black Belt Magazine- Dec 07,” By Dr. Randy Borum

“As a martial artist, you want to improve, right? Have you searched desperately for the ‘secret’ to unlock your potential and take you game to the next level? Well….there is no secret…not really. But there are some proven strategies for boosting your performance. And I’m not just talking about training harder or practicing more. If you are looking for a new dimension to your training, you might consider working the mental side of your game.”

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Feb
09

Recommended reading: “Interview with Hideo Takahashi” 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.

Morihei Ueshiba described his enlightenment experiences and spiritual understandings in a book called Takemusu Aiki. This work, based on a series of lectures by the founder of aikido edited and compiled by Hideo Takahashi, is an invaluable document for those seeking an understanding of the deeper meaning of the art. In this interview, Mr. Takahashi talks about takemusu aiki and his spiritual master, Masahisa Goi, the founder of the Byakko Shinko Kai and a close friend of Morihei Ueshiba:
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Feb
09

“Helpful Partners,” by Krista de Castella

“In the past when learning ‘bunkai’ applications (self-defense techniques from kata), I’ve often caught myself thinking ‘that’s a little convoluted isn’t it… surely it wouldn’t work in a real life scenario…’. However, in training at the Honbu dojo I’ve since learnt not to be too hasty in tossing aside bunkai. Every technique from the kata really does have an effective application (or many as the case may be). It’s often just a matter of executing a technique correctly with appropriate timing, power and speed.”

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Feb
08

24-hour Sale: Katsuyuki Kondo’s “Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu – Ikkajo I” DVD + Stanley Pranin’s “Conversations with Daito-ryu Masters” for $19.95!

We have another excellent offer for you with this week’s special. The first item is a DVD by Menkyo Kaiden Katsuyuki Kondo titled “Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu – Ikkajo I.” This video provides an authoritative introduction and instruction in Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu, the jujutsu art that provided the basis for the majority of of aikido’s techniques. Daito-ryu was one of the most important budo of 20th century Japan and left an indelible mark on modern aikido. The second product you get as a bonus is my book entitled “Conversations with Daito-ryu Masters.” This is the first book to explore the life of Sokaku Takeda, the history of his art, and the techniques practiced in Daito-ryu today.

Both items are available for the price of $19.95, a particularly enticing offer available for 24 hours!

Aikido practitioners and instructors alike will derive great benefit from a study of these materials on Daito-ryu. Don’t wonder any more about the source of aikido techniques. Katsuyuki Kondo is an outstanding teacher who will explain in great detail the martial nature and intricacies of the techniques of Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu. Understand your martial lineage and expand your horizons as a martial artist!

“Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu – Ikkajo I” is the perfect introduction to Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu for beginners and experienced martial artists alike. Expertly demonstrated by Soke Dairi Katsuyuki Kondo, this DVD covers the tachiai ikkajo techniques of the Hiden Mokuroku transmission scrolls of the formerly secret Daito-ryu school. Kondo Sensei’s detailed explanations have been translated into English for full access to an international audience.

The book titled, Conversations with Daito-ryu Masters consists of a series of interviews with the leading Daito-ryu masters including Sokaku Takeda’s son Tokimune Takeda, Yukiyoshi Sagawa, Kodo Horikawa’s wife, Yusuke Inoue, Takuma Hisa, Keisuke Sato, Katsuyuki Kondo, Hakaru Mori and Seigo Okamoto. Also, featured is a rare newspaper article from 1930 that describes that activities of Sokaku in his prime while he was still associating with Morihei Ueshiba.

Please check out the descriptions of these two products and consider taking advantage of this special offer.
Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu – Ikkajo I
Conversations with Daito-ryu Masters

Order link for special: Katsuyuki Kondo’s “Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu – Ikkajo I” DVD + Stanley Pranin’s book “Conversations with Daito-ryu Masters” for $19.95

This offer can only be accessed through the link above. Please click on the “Order link” to access your discount, place the item in your shopping cart, and proceed to checkout.

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Stanley Pranin

Feb
08

“Training With Muscle Soreness,” by Nick Nilsson

“Muscle soreness is something that every trainer has experienced. The typical advice is to wait until you’re not sore to train that muscle again. But what if you can actually get BETTER results by training when sore!
It’s safe to say that muscle soreness is something EVERY trainer has experienced at some point in their career. Severity of muscle soreness (known as Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness or DOMS for short) can range from mild discomfort when you move to the point of being almost crippling.”

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Feb
07

“Nikyo and Focus,” by David Shevitz

“Last night, the dojo was working on 6th and 5th kyu techniques. Testing is coming up soon, and it was a good opportunity to review a few techniques that we haven’t touched on in a couple of weeks. One of these techniques is kata tori nikkyo. Nikkyo, which we translate to ‘second position joint lock’ is one of the more potent jointlocks in aikido. For those who have not experienced it, perhaps the easiest way to describe it is to imagine your wrist being twisted one way, while your elbow and shoulder are twisted in the opposite direction. If it sounds uncomfortable, that’s because it most certainly can be.”

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Feb
06

Seigo Yamaguchi: DVD clip now on Youtube!

Watch exciting video clip of Seigo Yamaguchi Sensei from new DVD on Youtube!

We are proud to offer the first publicly available DVD featuring famous Aikikai Hombu Dojo instructor, Seigo Yamaguchi. Yamaguchi Sensei was one of the most important of the first generation of aikido instructors of the postwar era. He taught at the Aikikai Hombu Dojo in Tokyo for several decades until his passing in 1996. Now nearly a legend, Yamaguchi Sensei influenced several generations of practitioners within the Aikikai system during his career including many of today’s senior instructors of the Headquarters school.
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Feb
06

“There Is No Rank,” by Nev Sagiba

“Dead with the illusion of “honour,” or actually living an honorable
and respectful life doing useful and constructive things instead.”

There is no rank. Merit is as merit does. Respect is a mutual thing otherwise its just an act. Skill levels do not arise from the colour of a belt, a hakama, a lineage or other names to be dropped or a certificate.

Real and actual skill is its own reward. A badge, name dropping and other devices denote insecurity and doubt about one’s own real skill level. In the field of battle, the warrior does not look for your signs of rank but for openings. If you have them he will utilize them. Despite all the tinsel accolades you will die.

If you stop training, as the certificates and medals gathers dust, you will get fat, lazy, soft, uncoordinated and you will forget. And die more slowly but nevertheless, die.

I suppose it depends on where your sense of values lie. Dead with the illusion of “honour,” or actually living an honorable and respectful life doing useful and constructive things instead.

Skill arises from dedication to regular and sincerely attentive practice and living a constructively useful and productive life. There is no glory whatsoever in being a pawn for madmen and dying young for nothing. None whatsoever. And that’s one lesson when learn the hard way does not beget any useful and practical wisdom, except for perhaps the onlooker.

Skill arises from meeting demands in a balanced and skilled manner. If you don’t use it you lose it, and a little bit of something is better than all of nothing. Do what you can. That’s all a human being can do. Trying to do what you can’t is a waste of time, but setting it as goal and adding regular manageable installments is a gold mine of transformational potential which unleashes slowly and surely.

Nev Sagiba
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Feb
06

“Touch Reflex Joint Locking,” by Matthew Apsokardu

“I like kicking and punching as much as the next person, but that certainly isn’t the only tool you and I should have as martial artists. To optimize our abilities to defend ourselves and others we need a continuum of abilities that are effective at all ranges. An important part of that continuum is joint locking.

In traditional karate we use tuite which has it’s own unique flavor just as jujutsu, aikido, etc. have flavors of their own. Whatever particular style you study, incorporating some form of joint locking is highly recommended.”

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