Jul
02

“Aiki Ken and Jo Suburi: Part 8 – Shomen Uchi Gedan Gaeshi” by James Neiman

Introduction

This is the 8th in a 27-part series on the Aiki Ken and Jo Suburi presented by James Neiman, Dojo Cho of Shugyo Aikido Dojo, where martial arts instruction in Union City, California is offered. All the articles are paired with YouTube video demonstrations of each of the Suburi (click here to subscribe to the channel, and click here to view all the articles in this series). These paired demonstrations and articles are offered to Aikidoka who would like to more fully understand the precise mechanics within each of the Suburi, how they can be practiced in both solo and partner settings, and how one can align the Suburi with taijutsu to develop increasing competence and precision with both basic and advanced technique.

Shomen Uchi Gedan Gaeshi

In this article we examine Shomen Uchi Gedan Gaeshi, which is the 3rd of the Aiki Jo Suburi in the series known as the Shomen No Bu. Click here to view a video demonstration of the components of this Suburi. In summary, Shomen Uchi Gedan Gaeshi is an overhead strike combined with a downward turning movement. It builds on the basic techniques you have learned in the Tsuki No Bu and Shomen No Bu series. Shomen Uchi Gedan Gaeshi delves into one of the most widely cited principles of Aikido: resolving conflict that exists on a line of attack by moving off that line. The basic body movements derived from this practice begin with the dynamic and fluid movement involving both uke and nage, and continue with the kinetic chain involved in forward, backward, striking, and turning movements. The exercise requires a fluid combination of movements that can be divided into 4 major sections:

  1. Drop back
  2. Enter and strike
  3. Gather energy
  4. Turn

 
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Jun
19

“Aiki Ken and Jo Suburi: Part 7 – Renzoku Uchi Komi” by James Neiman

Introduction

This is the 7th in a 27-part series on the Aiki Ken and Jo Suburi presented by James Neiman, Dojo Cho of Shugyo Aikido Dojo, where martial arts instruction in Union City, California is offered. All the articles are paired with YouTube video demonstrations of each of the Suburi (click here to subscribe to the channel, and click here to view all the articles in this series). These paired demonstrations and articles are offered to Aikidoka who would like to more fully understand the precise mechanics within each of the Suburi, how they can be practiced in both solo and partner settings, and how one can align the Suburi with taijutsu to develop increasing competence and precision with both basic and advanced technique.

Renzoku Uchi Komi

In this article we examine Renzoku Uchi Komi, which is the 2nd of the Aiki Jo Suburi in the series known as the Shomen No Bu. Click here to view a video demonstration of the components of this Suburi. In summary, Renzoku Uchi Komi is an continuously repeated overhead strike. It builds on many of the same body dynamics that you learned in the Tsuki No Bu series, focusing on the body movement that naturally results in a striking motion. Renzoku Uchi Komi builds on Shomen Uchi Komi and its lessons of dropping into position, getting off the line of attack, and counterattacking. This suburi adds a second overhead strike to the pattern, bringing the focus of the exercise on continuous striking attacks and forward motion. The basic body movements derived from this practice begin with the dynamic and fluid movement involving both uke and nage, and continue with the kinetic chain involved in forward, backward, and continuous striking movements. The exercise requires a fluid combination of movements that can be divided into 2 major sections that are based on the context of having already studied Shomen Uchi Komi:

  1. Drop back
  2. Enter and strike twice


The movement begins with the jo being held in shomen kamai, meaning that it is held in front of your body with the tip pointing toward an imaginary opponent’s throat. Your right foot is forward, and ideally pointing directly in front of you. Your left hand is at the tip closest to you, positioned about 2 inches below your navel. Your right hand is positioned further up the jo at a distance from the tip that is equivalent to the length between your wrist and your elbow. Your left shoulder is back and relaxed. Drop your center by bending your knees while staying in an aligned posture. Begin to kokyu your left hand so the tip of the jo begins to left. Shift your weight back onto the ball of your left foot while coiling your left hip. Push off your left foot and open your left hip so you travel backward and slightly to the left of the line of attack, transferring your right foot behind you, allowing your right hip to absorb your backward momentum and finishing with the majority of your weight over your right foot. By the time your right foot is in its new position, the tip of the jo should be up and behind you, ready to strike. Be sure to keep you elbows in. This completes the drop back movement.
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Jun
08

“Aiki Ken and Jo Suburi: Part 6 – Shomen Uchi Komi” by James Neiman

Introduction

This is the 6th in a 27-part series on the Aiki Ken and Jo Suburi presented by James Neiman, Dojo Cho of Shugyo Aikido Dojo, where martial arts instruction in Union City, California is offered. All the articles are paired with YouTube video demonstrations of each of the Suburi (click here to subscribe to the channel, and click here to view all the articles in this series). These paired demonstrations and articles are offered to Aikidoka who would like to more fully understand the precise mechanics within each of the Suburi, how they can be practiced in both solo and partner settings, and how one can align the Suburi with taijutsu to develop increasing competence and precision with both basic and advanced technique.

Shomen Uchi Komi

In this article we examine Shomen Uchi Komi, which is the 1st of the Aiki Jo Suburi in the series known as the Shomen No Bu. Click here to view a video demonstration of the components of this Suburi. In summary, Shomen Uchi Komi is an overhead strike. It builds on many of the same body dynamics that you learned in the Tsuki No Bu series, focusing on the body movement that naturally results in a striking motion. Shomen Uchi Komi provides important perspectives on the most important core principles of Aikido: namely, dropping into position, getting off the line of attack, and counterattacking. The basic body movements derived from this practice begin with the dynamic and fluid movement involving both uke and nage, and continue with the kinetic chain involved in forward, backward, and striking movements. The exercise requires a fluid combination of movements that can be divided into 3 major sections:

  1. Drop back
  2. Enter
  3. Strike

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May
25

“Aiki Ken and Jo Suburi: Part 5 – Tsuki Jodan Gaeshi Uchi” by James Neiman

Introduction

This is the 5th in a 27-part series on the Aiki Ken and Jo Suburi presented by James Neiman, Dojo Cho of Shugyo Aikido Dojo, where martial arts instruction in Union City, California is offered. All the articles are paired with YouTube video demonstrations of each of the Suburi (click here to subscribe to the channel, and click here to view all the articles in this series). These paired demonstrations and articles are offered to Aikidoka who would like to more fully understand the precise mechanics within each of the Suburi, how they can be practiced in both solo and partner settings, and how one can align the Suburi with taijutsu to develop increasing competence and precision with both basic and advanced technique.

Tsuki Jodan Gaeshi Uchi

In this article we examine Tsuki Jodan Gaeshi Uchi, which is the 5th of the Aiki Jo Suburi in the series known as the Tsuki No Bu. Click here to view a video demonstration of the components of this Suburi. Tsuki Jodan Gaeshi Uchi is a forward thrust combined with a overhead block and strike. It builds on many of the same body dynamics as Choku Tsuki and Ushiro Tsuki, with an overhead deflecting block combined with a shomen strike. Tsuki Jodan Gaeshi Uchi is a complex movement that provides important perspectives on the most important core principles of Aikido: namely, getting off the line of attack, deflecting an attack, and counterattacking. The basic body movements from the Tsuki No Bu series are brought to maturity in this practice, combining atemi, the dynamic and fluid movement involving both uke and nage, and the kinetic chain involved in forward, backward, lateral, and turning movements. The exercise requires a fluid combination of movements that can be divided into 4 major sections:

  1. Drop
  2. Thrust
  3. Block
  4. Strike

The movement begins with the jo being held horizontally on the right side of the body while standing in hanmi with the left foot forward and angled slightly. Your right shoulder is back and relaxed. Drop your center by bending your knees while staying in an aligned posture, loading onto the ball of your right foot and coiling your right hip. This completes the drop movement.

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May
18

“Aiki Ken and Jo Suburi: Part 4 – Tsuki Gedan Gaeshi” by James Neiman

Introduction

This is the 4th in a 27-part series on the Aiki Ken and Jo Suburi presented by James Neiman, Dojo Cho of Shugyo Aikido Dojo, where martial arts instruction in Union City, California is offered. All the articles are paired with YouTube video demonstrations of each of the Suburi (click here to subscribe to the channel, and click here to view all the articles in this series). These paired demonstrations and articles are offered to Aikidoka who would like to more fully understand the precise mechanics within each of the Suburi, how they can be practiced in both solo and partner settings, and how one can align the Suburi with taijutsu to develop increasing competence and precision with both basic and advanced technique.

Tsuki Gedan Gaeshi

In this article we examine Tsuki Gedan Gaeshi, which is the 4th of the Aiki Jo Suburi in the series known as the Tsuki No Bu.

In summary, Tsuki Gedan Gaeshi is a forward thrust combined with a downward turn. It builds on Choku Tsuki and Ushiro Tsuki, and for the first time the practitioner encounters a suburi with turning dynamics. Tsuki Gedan Gaeshi is a complex movement that provides important perspectives on the role of atemi, the dynamic and fluid movement involving both uke and nage, and the kinetic chain involved in turning movements. The exercise requires a fluid combination of movements that can be divided into 4 major sections:

  1. Drop
  2. Thrust
  3. Gather energy
  4. Turn

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May
09

“Aiki Ken and Jo Suburi: Part 3 – Ushiro Tsuki” by James Neiman

Introduction

This is the 3rd in a 27-part series on the Aiki Ken and Jo Suburi presented by James Neiman, Dojo Cho of Shugyo Aikido Dojo, where martial arts instruction in Union City, California is offered. All the articles are paired with YouTube video demonstrations of each of the Suburi (click here to subscribe to the channel, and click here to view all the articles in this series). These paired demonstrations and articles are offered to Aikidoka who would like to more fully understand the precise mechanics within each of the Suburi, how they can be practiced in both solo and partner settings, and how one can align the Suburi with taijutsu to develop increasing competence and precision with both basic and advanced technique.

Ushiro Tsuki

In this article we examine Ushiro Tsuki, which is the 3rd of the Aiki Jo Suburi in the series known as the Tsuki No Bu. Click here to view a video demonstration of the components of this Suburi. In summary, Ushiro Tsuki is a rear moving thrust, related in important respects to Choku Tsuki, but with a jo thrust to the rear beginning on the left side of the body. Ushiro Tsuki is the first jo suburi in which a rear moving thrust is executed, and involves an alignment of the jo that serves as the basis for more complex movements in later suburi. The exercise requires a fluid combination of movements that can be divided into 3 major sections:

  1. Drop
  2. Align the jo
  3. Transfer momentum in the rear direction
  4. Complete thrust


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Apr
30

“Aiki Ken and Jo Suburi: Part 2 – Kaeshi Tsuki” by James Neiman

Introduction

This is the second in a 27-part series on the Aiki Ken and Jo Suburi presented by James Neiman, Dojo Cho of Shugyo Aikido Dojo, where martial arts instruction in Union City, California is offered. All the articles are paired with YouTube video demonstrations of each of the Suburi (click here to subscribe to the channel). These paired demonstrations and articles are offered to Aikidoka who would like to more fully understand the precise mechanics within each of the Suburi, how they can be practiced in both solo and partner settings, and how one can align the Suburi with taijutsu to develop increasing competence and precision with both basic and advanced technique.

Kaeshi Tsuki

In this article we examine Kaeshi Tsuki, which is the second of the Aiki Jo Suburi in the series known as the Tsuki No Bu. Below is a video demonstration of the components of this Suburi.

In summary, Kaeshi Tsuki is a forward moving thrust, related in important respects to Choku Tsuki, but with a reversed grip in the right hand that results in the practice of a spiral motion through space. The exercise requires a fluid combination of movements that can be divided into 3 major sections:

  1. Drop
  2. Transfer momentum forward and initiate spiral from center
  3. Complete thrust


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