Dec
26

Getting unstuck! “Subtle Energy Synchrony/ Meditation, ChiGung, Budo,” by Nick Lowry

Over time we develop greater and greater ease in dealing with what once was simply overwhelming. We find we are no longer dominated by the energy fields of others, and now we find the capacity to choose to enter synchrony or not, as fits our needs, and we grow into energetically autonomous beings. More and more often we find that the dominant energetic field in the room is our own. But we also learn to be responsible, to fine tune our resonance so as to not overwhelm those around us. No point in being an energetic bully, more rewarding to help other people turn on to their own autonomy and empowerment…

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Dec
26

Never give up! Yoga Miracle Story with over 9 million views!

Arthur Boorman was a disabled veteran of the Gulf War for 15 years, and was told by his doctors that he would never be able to walk on his own, ever again. He stumbled upon an article about Diamond Dallas Page doing Yoga and decided to give it a try — he couldn’t do traditional, higher impact exercise, so he tried yoga and sent an email to Dallas telling him his story…

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Dec
24

Merry Christimas from Stanley Pranin and the Aikido Journal Staff

merry-christmas-2013The Aikido Journal staff and I would like to take this opportunity to wish all of you who celebrate Christmas a wonderful holiday! We hope that you will be able to spend quality time with your family and loved ones. We wish you, also, a very Happy New Year, and wonderful things for 2014!

Stanley Pranin

Dec
24

Step by step analysis: “Ken and Jo forms devised by the Founder and systemized by Morihiro Saito”

During his years living in Iwama, Morihei Ueshiba had a unique opportunity to focus on his personal training and development for the first time in many years. The result of this extended period of devotion to aikido practice, meditation, and farming was “Takemusu Aiki,” Morihei’s concept of the ultimate goal of aikido where one becomes capable of spontaneously executing techniques exactly suited to the circumstances…

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Dec
24

Move to uke’s flank! Stanley Pranin’s Video Blog: “The Zone Theory of Aikido”

In this video, Aikido Journal Editor Stanley Pranin introduces a model describing the interaction between nage (defender) and uke (attacker) called “The Zone Theory of Aikido.” He explains how it is dangerous for nage to remain in front of uke when attempting to counter an attack and why the attacker has the advantage in this situation. By contrast, moving to the side or rear of uke, into his “dead zone” or “blind spot,” makes it extremely easy for nage to safely execute an aikido technique…

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Dec
23

Grandson of Aikido Founder: Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba demonstrates Shomenuchi Kotegaeshi

Aikido Doshu Moriteru Ueshiba demonstrates the Shomenuchi Kotegaeshi technique at normal speed and in slow motion. The present Doshu is the grandson of Aikido Founder Morihei Ueshiba, and son of the Second Doshu Kisshomaru Ueshiba. He is the family heir to the art of aikido and head of the Aikikai Hombu Dojo organization…

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Dec
23

Solid structure and hips: “Ki musubi no tachi for precision blending!”

The Ki Musubi no Tachi is a genial form designed to teach the ability to precisely blend with the sword movements of a partner. Tracking your partner’s sword arc, you cut his wrist to prevent his shomen strike…

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Dec
23

O-Sensei’s calligraphy teacher: “Interview with Seiseki Abe (1) by Stanley Pranin”

I have a picture of O-Sensei doing chinkon under the falls, which I still have at my home… His body had the flexibility of someone seventeen or eighteen years old. Even so, he had gradually lost weight over the years and he complained about how much his muscles were sagging. But, when he put his ki into them, “pop,” they became hard as steel…

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Dec
13

Techniques from a different age… “Satoru Tsuchiya of Shodokan (Tomiki) Aikido in France, 2007”

A strong, physical demonstration of Tomiki Aikido with good posture and presence. Many techniques are of a prewar origin. “Satoru Tsuchiya is the representative in France of the Shokan Aikido school founded by Kenji Tomiki, student of Jigoro Kano and subsequently Morihei Ueshiba. This school is unique is that it introduced a system of competition…

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Dec
13

Radical alternative to traditional joint-lock! Video: Stanley Pranin’s “Nasty Nikyo”

Recently, we posted a video with a demonstration and explanation of an especially effective nikyo shown by Stanley Pranin. Uke will usually fall backward. Many people have commented on nikyo done in this manner and have been experimenting with it in their dojos. Stanley Pranin explains this nikyo further in a closeup video that will give you a better view of the mechanics of this technique…

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Dec
13

Morihiro Saito explains… “Where did the 31-jo kata come from?”

By the time I learned it, the 31-jo kata was already complete, but when Koichi Tohei Sensei came to practice in Iwama it had not yet been perfected. What he learned was different from what I learned, probably because O-Sensei’s way of instructing was not yet fully developed. When I learned under O-Sensei his teachings included all of the weapons techniques including the kumitachi. At one stage, there was no one left in Iwama except me, so I trained with O-Sensei by myself. His teaching gradually became more elaborate…

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Dec
12

Aikidoka always forget this! Nick Lowry on “Kuzushi, ” balance- breaking

In this video, Nick Lowry Sensei of the Windsong Dojo presents an introduction to the concept of “kuzushi,” or balance-breaking which is essential to all martial arts. He describes various ways that are achieved to unbalance uke and what the physical characteristics of kuzushi are…

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