Dec
03

Get entire mag in PDF: Aikido Journal Number 119, Spring 2000

Contents

● Editorial – Aikido: A Restatement of Universal Truths, by Stanley Pranin
● Letters and Threads
● Interview with Hiroshi Isoyama, 8th dan, by Stanley Pranin
● My Career in Yanagi-ryu Aiki Jiu Jitsu, by Don Angier
● Takemusu Aiki (4), by Morihei Ueshiba
● Interview with Mariye Takahashi (1), by Stanley Pranin
● Everything in Black and White, by David Lynch
● Interview with Walther von Krenner, by Stanley Pranin
● Aikido and Independence, by Peter Goldsbury
● Takemusu Aikido — Yokomenuchi yonkyo omotewaza, by Morihiro Saito
● Daito-ryu Aikijujutsu Takumakai — Hijinobashi Aiki, by Takeshi Kawabe & Hakaru Mori
● O-Sensei’s Songs of the Way, by Seiseki Abe
● Virtue of the Sword, by James Williams
● Heard in the Dojo

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Dec
03

A must read for every aikidoka! “Responding to Aggression – III” by Tom Collings

Most of us have a deep rooted inhibition against harming other human beings. We all have a right to our own values and moral beliefs, but they must be clear, and our technical training must be consistent with those values if we are to apply it without reservation or hesitation. A high stress moment of crisis is not a good time for soul searching. In that moment, their must be no confusion…

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Dec
02

The art of rolling: Richard Moon Sensei demonstrates backward ukemi

A guide to the basics of rolling, for teachers even more than students, especially for those who help beginners learning Aikido. Introducing the fundamentals of ukemi: the art of rolling. Learn the diagonal path that protects the head and neck and allows for a safe practice. How to train the body to find that path naturally…

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Dec
02

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
02

Spectacular Aiki Ken Demo! “Screenshots from Morihiro Saito’s performance at the Nippon Budokan in Tokyo”

Highlights from the memorable Aiki Ken demonstration given by Morihiro Saito, 9th dan, at the 1989 All-Japan Demonstration in Tokyo seen by more than 5,000 people. Saito Sensei at his finest!…

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Dec
01

Neither throwing nor being thrown… “Who Controls the Technique, Uke or Nage?” by Nev Sagiba

We train consciously. In real and deadly assaults we act pre-consciously (not un-consciously) because intense deadly action is faster than thought. The idea of “no-mind” comes from lack of lucid observation and is a mistranslation of “no thoughts getting in the way of the immediate moment.” If you are to survive, of necessity a lucid and immediate moment captured. Not an unconscious one, where you would get caught, with your proverbial hakama somewhere down around your ankles…

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Dec
01

“I joined under false pretenses!” Interview with Kisaburo Osawa by Katsuaki Terasawa

If something is too difficult, nobody can do it. If the true goal of the aikido way is to achieve paradise or a happy life everybody should be able to do it: a child, an old person, a woman, a handicapped person, a weak or a strong person. I believe this to be the true path…

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Dec
01

Stay out of the danger zone! “Hitohiro Saito Sensei sets the record straight on kotegaeshi”

There is at present on Aikido Journal a lively discussion about various “safe” ways of executing the kotegaeshi wrist-turn technique. Many have contributed their thoughts to the discussion. I just received a link to yet another kotegaeshi video, this one by Hitohiro Saito Sensei that shows in succinct form one very effective way of performing this technique. He also points out the error I allude to in my video. – SP…

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Nov
28

Constant connection.. “Early Wu style Taijiquan demonstration by Chinese master Chu Minyi (1937)”

This is a remarkable early film showing Chinese master Chu Minyi demonstrating Taijiquan selected by Leo Tamaki who offers the following comments: “I discovered this video while exploring martial arts subjects on the Internet. This is a Taijiquan form called ‘Wu’ demonstrated by a Chinese dignitary named Chu Minyi. Apparently, this is one of the oldest surviving videos on this discipline…

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Nov
28

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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Nov
28

Never fighting means never defeated!! Aikidoka: “The Apologetic Martial Artists,” by Stanley Pranin

For years I have heard a vociferous chorus of naysayers lambasting aikido as an “ineffective” martial art. Even among those who practice aikido, one can hear criticism of aikido’s techniques as unrealistic. I confess that I too have been among those who have lamented much of what goes on in aikido dojos all over the world, as misdirected and contrary to the basic principles of the art…

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Nov
26

A Chiropractor’s View: “Aikido and injuries,” by Bartłomiej Gajowiec

Some of us use force more than others, but there is always the temptation to solve a problem with force if the technique is not performed correctly. This coupled with a lack of warm-ups leaves us wide open to injury…

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