Apr
19

Recommended reading: “The Nature of Modern Martial Arts” by Kenji Tomiki

The article below written by Kenji Tomiki, a top martial artist and educator and student of both Jigoro Kano and 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.

The famous duel on Ganryu island between Musashi and Kojiro Sasaki is one example. Kojiro was, despite his youth, one of the best swordsmen of the western region of Japan, while Musashi, though a middle-aged man, was known to be the best in the eastern region. People were curious about which of the two was strongest, and so the duel on the island was set up.


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Comments

  1. Always clear cut and to the point, made by the Scholar for everyday, ordinary, down to earth people to appreciate yet much neglected in many “aikido” circles…..

  2. A diamond.

  3. Like your stuff Autrelle, the oyowaza is nice, where did you learn your wingchun?

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