Try NIEP: “OODA is for Fighter Planes,” by Nev Sagiba

“Atemi and kuzushi MUST be part of the flow and not separate or gratuitous. There is no time. Your “decisionary preparation,” must occur in the dojo by drilling the basics with, as O’Sensei would put it, “Honest attack and honest defence,” until the core basics become preconditioned responses that function naturally, not contrived..”

In the time it takes to say, “observe,” “orient,” “decide” and “act,” a real fight will be over and you could well be under.

Jet fighters have different distances and manoeuvres than human bodies engaged in mano a mano survival combat. Try this instead:

Notice, (all the time zanshin)

Intercept, (shortest path)

Enter, (closing the gap and also atemi)

Pivot, (captures flow to kusushi)

N.I.E.P. …and the obvious followup kihon waza, basic technique will reveal itself by itself because of the attack.

Start slowly in training and keep it safe, but in times of true need any speed is possible.

“What’s the difference?,” you may ask.

Decision is the difference. Decisions take calculation and time to process that on the ground you do not have.

Also atemi and kuzushi MUST be part of the flow and not separate or gratuitous. There is no time.

Your “decisionary preparation,” must occur in the dojo by drilling the basics with, as O’Sensei would put it, “Honest attack and honest defence,” until these core basics become preconditioned responses that function naturally, not contrived. All bujutsu, to function, must adhere to this.





In aiki combat it is the attacker who expends energy and mind in deciding the attack, and the preconditioned response template properly underwritten by N.I.E.P. will do do the rest. You do not argue with the attacker’s attack strategy decision, but accommodate it instantly. That’s the difference between Aikido and fighting as such. I once caught an angry taipan snake that jumped out at me from a sugar cane field. I was not very skilled in those days and the only thing I could think of at high speed was to lead its head to its body and make it bite itself, before throwing it away.

Later, when I learned Aikido I immediately identified a similarity in the modus operandi.

Without Noticing followed by Interception immediately Entering and then instantly Pivoting, no Aikido can take place that is authentic and not choreographed or faked.

Real Aikido is irresistible and the attacker is defeated by his own toxins of mind, body and action. Very energy economical. Asymmetrical? Indeed. Let the attacker waste his resources in defeating himself. Simply get out of the way whilst you agree.

That’s it. A short article. Practice and you can instruct me otherwise if I missed something.

OODA is for Fighter Planes. N.I.E.P. is for functional Aikijutsu.

Nev Sagiba

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  1. Jason Wotherspoon says:

    The Emperor Is Not Wearing Any Clothes…

    Honestly Nev, I dunno where you get some of this stuff from sometimes..

    Those of us who have had some experience with Aikido to some depth will know that O-Sensei already elucidated a decision making process, when he said “Enter triangularly, execute circularly, finish squarely”. We also know that technique begins and ends with zanshin, so there are your 4 steps: Zanshin, Entry, Execution and Finish.

    Colonel Boyd wrote that the OODA concept is not just for just for aerial combat, it is used innately by all humans in their decision making. It’s a mental process all people unconsciously go through when making decisions requiring action. The fact that he was a fighter pilot and recognised this process as applied to aerial combat certainly doesn’t preclude it from being applied to other human interactions, especially Aikido.

    The fact that you call it “decisionary preparation”, that you NIEP first then the waza follows, and also by superseding the OODA concept with NEIP (wherever that comes from), shows that you miss the point entirely. Its a loop, or a cycle, which you also neglect to mention. Because technique begins and ends with Zanshin, there is your decision making and action loop. Boyd stated that if you can get within your opponent’s decision making and action cycle, you will always win. It’s not a process where you stand idly by, think about (cycle through) then do your technique. The 4 stages of the cycle happen in real time, constantly, throughout the engagement, and recommence each time the dynamic of the situation changes.

    It applies to jet fighter combat, it applies to mano a mano combat as well.

    Usually I keep quiet about your blogs, but this time I had to say something, because frankly, misunderstanding of this will cause people grief.

  2. Nev Sagiba says:

    Jason, Regarding your, “experience with Aikido to some depth, ” I take it by “experience,” you mean on the ground, in other words you work or have worked as a professional protector in some capacity, security/special forces and the like. Or at least worked a door at a pub.
    I first pointed out OODA online as being a self evident, non distinct valid, indeed essential budo concept, in 2003. Following that, the concept was discovered by several others who must have looked it up and began propounding it on the internet in “martial” talk pages.
    There is no discrepancy.

  3. Jason,

    Can you expound on this? I have several theories about this but I want to hear your words first.

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