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The Basic Principles of Aikido

The basic techniques of Aikido are very important to learn thoroughly. In this book I cannot give you all of them as they are too numerous. But I have tried to give you a good overall guide. It is difficult to learn true Aikido from a book and the best way is to practise in a club under a good teacher. But use this book in conjunction with your training. This book, I hope, will help you to understand the real meaning of Aikido. If you can imagine that you are like a spinning top and if someone or something attacks you, they will fly off from you and not be able to enter into your body. In Aikido all movements must be 'circular' - not 'triangular'. Thus if you are spinning like a top and your opponent is on the outside, he is controlled not by strength but by your movement. At the same time your body and mind must be relaxed. We then have a posture which is completely alert. Always practise with good feeling and spirit. An excessive amount of talking on the mat is a waste of time. Your...

Aikido Roots And Branches Body Awareness Training Methods and Their Applications in Daily Life

The other day in my children's Aikido class, I stopped the class and asked a question What is the capital of Texas Without hesitating, all the kids together shouted out Hips The joke in our class is that all questions in Aikido have the same answer, hips, and so the kids immediately knew how to answer my question about Texas. In the same way, there are some simple, basic Aikido ideas processes that can be helpful in answering almost any performance question in any area of life. As a professional body worker, I teach these processes outside of Aikido to a wide variety of people with a broad variety of interests and needs. The essence of these practices is fullness, that is, being present and open in breathing, posture, movement and intentionality. Whatever you do, you will do better if you are present in your body. The concept of fullness and methods for achieving it are often more implicit than explicit in Aikido. It was in Aikido practice that I had the opportunity to study myself in...

Internal Aikido Class

Students of Aikido can go through Aikido techniques. Visualize the attack, see the energy, blend with the energy, perform the technique and the hold-down. You will probably find it difficult to maintain concentration for more than a few seconds but the difficulty of doing a technique for two all on your own is a test of real Aikido.

Common Questions About Aikido

Aikido is completely new for most people, something unlike anything they have ever done in their lives. Most people have questions and anxieties about beginning Aikido. Most of the common questions have simple answers. 1) What kind of shape do I have to be in Aikido practice can be tailored to meeting your needs and abilities, so you don't have to be in good shape to start. 2) Do I have to be big and strong to do Aikido No, Aikido techniques depend on softness and efficiency of movement, not sheer bulk or strength. 3) Is Aikido good exercise Yes, it definitely is, but you will start off practicing slowly and get more vigorous as you learn how to do the movements safely. 4) Are injuries common No. Since Aikido is non-competitive and since the techniques are designed to be non-violent, there are relatively few injuries in Aikido. 5) Am I too old to start practicing Aikido can be practiced and enjoyed safely by people of any age. If you have any questions about specific medical...

What A Typical Aikido Class Is Like

There are many many combinations of attacks and defense techniques to practice. Underlying that practice is the study of body awareness and movement and the study of conflict and harmony. Every Aikido class is different, but there are some typical patterns that you will experience in all the Aikido classes. After warm ups, the class will generally move to slow practice of Aikido techniques. This gives people the opportunity to begin moving and centering themselves before having to undertake vigorous practice and harder falls. Once people have begun to get into the flow of the movement, the instructor will have people speed up the movement. Finally as people begin doing full Aikido movement, the practice may take off in different directions. The instructor will choose the techniques to practice in the class. S he may look at different defenses for a single attack or at different attacks that a single defense may work with. Sometimes the organizing idea in a class will be a movement or...

Development of Aikido

Morihei Ueshiba (pronounced Moh-lee -hay Oo-way-she-bah) was the creator of Aikido. To his followers today, Ueshiba is known as O'Sensei, which means Great Teacher . O'Sensei was born in 1883 and died in 1969, so Aikido is one of the modern martial arts. Master Ueshiba began his studies of the martial arts shortly before 1900. He studied a number of styles of jujitsu, spear work and sword work, and was deeply influenced by the Shinto religion and the Omoto Kyo sect. In 1911 he encountered Sokaku Takeda, a master of Daito ryu Aiki-Jujitsu, and studied this form of grappling art with him for five years. The word Aiki refers to the technical strategy upon which the defense maneuvers of Aikido are based. This strategy is one way of incorporating the principle of accord into defense movements, and it is usually talked about in English as blending. In aiki, the warrior merges himself with the attack in a fluid, circular way. In merging or blending with an attack, there is no holding back,...

Aikido Ken Williams The Background of Aikido

Aikido is a scientific form of self-defence created over fifty years ago by Master M. Uyeshiba, who is still practising at the age of eighty-six at the world centre of the fighting art -the Aikikai, Tokyo, Japan. Aikido was a secret known only to a relatively few privileged Japanese up until as recently as 1948. The requirements to gain entrance into the inner chambers of the Aikido gymnasium and to learn Aikido's art and philosophy were many including at least two recommendations from well-known, respected citizens of Japan. Aikido is a combination of many martial arts including ju-jitsu, Kendo and Karate. Most Budo (military arts) originated from a kind of physical fitness programme, developed into self-defence arts and then on to refined Budo. A physical fitness programme may be compared to preventive medicine programmes and prophylactics. If we move our body adequately and if the movement agrees with the 'natural laws', we still have a well-conditioned body and will not be...

Aikido As Physical Exercise

In order to improve physical condition, an overload exercise must be employed, that is, some exercise which places a greater than normal stress on the body. Aikido offers the opportunity to get good physical exercise, but for safety and effectiveness you have to know your limits and pace your practice to fit your needs. Aikido practice can be gentle and mild or very vigorous and strenuous. If at any point during practice or after it you feel dizzy or nauseated, you have been practicing too hard and you should slow down your practice. If there is any question of possible medical contraindications to an exercise program, you should consult a doctor and schedule a health exam.

Aikido of Columbus is part of the Columbus Center for Movement Studies

The school established by Paul and Peggy. Aikido is one of the body and movement awareness disciplines taught at the center. The other disciplines focus on different aspects of movement and self-awareness, and it may be of interest to you to see how Aikido fits into the bigger picture. Some Aikidoists find that participating in these other movement classes or in private lessons improves their movement abilities and furthers their Aikido practice.

Memoir Of The Master By Morihei Ueshiba Creator Of Aikido

From Aikido, Kisshomaru Uyeshiba, Hozansha Publishing, Tokyo, 1963. As ai (harmony) is common with ai (love), I decided to name my unique budo Aikido , although the word aiki is an old one. The word which was used by the warriors in the past is fundamentally different from that of mine. The secret of Aikido is to harmonize ourselves with the movement of the universe and bring ourselves into accord with the universe itself. He who has gained the secret of Aikido has the universe in himself and can say, I am the universe. Aikido is non-resistance. As it is non-resistant it is always victorious. Even standing with my back toward the opponent is enough. When he attacks, hitting, he will injure himself with his own intention to hit. I am one with the universe and I am nothing else. When I stand, he will be drawn to me. There is no time and space before Uyeshiba of Aikido--only the universe as it is. There is no enemy for Ueshiba of Aikido. You are mistaken if you think that budo means to...

Systema and Aikido

Mikhail Ryabko

Soon after getting my first serious glimpse of Systema, I began thinking that many of the principles and training methods employed by Mikhail and Vladimir might be highly relevant to aikido practice. As you know, the theme of Aiki Expo 2003 is Realizing Aikido's Potential. Basically with Aiki Expo 2003, our hope is to bring to the forefront the martial aspect of aikido that has become rather neglected in the modern forms of the art. I believe Systema can play a significant role in this regard. We hope to have serious aikidoka reevaluate their training approaches and consider bringing their current practice more in line with the techniques and philosophy of Founder Morihei Ueshiba. Ueshiba O-Sensei was heavily influenced by the Omoto religion during a turbulent time of Japanese hisotry. He emphasized both the martial and spiritual aspects of aikido and considered the two inseparable. Systema was born out of centuries of technical refinement on the battlefield as Russians repelled a...

Dress of Aikido

The Aikido dress varies according to whether one is a Dan or Kyu grade. All Kyu grades wear trousers, jacket and belt of the Kimono style. These clothes are suitable for the art because of the freedom of movement and the strength of material. Cleanliness is very important in Aikido as well as the other fighting arts. Not only is it very important to keep your body and clothes clean but also your mind. Aikido's aim is to make harmony and this will not be achieved if one person in the Dojo is clean and another dirty. You will find that no one will want to practise with the dirty club member. This can cause bad feeling in the Dojo. Harmony will thus disappear. In Aikido toe and finger nails can be very dangerous so these should be kept trimmed. When stepping on to the mat, the student should bow to it. This is to give thanks to the mat because without it one would not be able to practise. Therefore we respect it for being there and it teaches us not to take things for granted.

Aikido Vocabulary

You don't need to be fluent in Japanese to practice Aikido. You don't need to memorize the following vocabulary, but you will hear these words in the practice. Over time the words will seep into your memory, but having a vocabulary sheet will help you become more comfortable with Aikido practice.


All of the BIM work on postural stability and efficient movement certainly applies to teaching Aikido. In addition, the somatic self-regulation that I teach as part of conflict resolution training also applies. In this section, I will focus on how one particular body awareness concept that is part of Being In Movement can improve Aikido training. In my Aikido practice and teaching I emphasize aligning the body vertically. This focus came to me early in my practice, though it wasn't something that was emphasized or even taught. For me, it was a consequence of the meditations I was doing on symmetry and expansiveness of awareness. vertical postural line. If in Aikido practice you are afraid of an attack, you will naturally lean away from it. If you become antagonistic and resist the attack, you will naturally lean toward it. If you become over-invested in a throw, you will lean into it. In all these cases, you will lose your uprightness. Paying attention to staying vertical is a way of...

Aikido Breakfalls

Aikido Ukemi (breakfalls) are similar to those in Judo. At all times they should be soft, and your body should be kept like a ball. But unlike Judo at no time should one hit the mat with your hand in order to soften the shock. In Judo, we argue that if you find it necessary to use Ukemi in the street softening the blow by hitting the ground with your arm, you will only succeed in hurting your arm. In Aikido we learn to roll when thrown so as to recover on one's feet. Ukemi are important. You must remember that Aikido is not so much a sport as a fighting art. Therefore, I believe that Ukemi are as important as other techniques. If your Ukemi become proficient then you will follow your partner better because the fear of falling will have gone. This will allow your mind to be calm and as the body always follows the mind in Aikido then it will be more relaxed, giving you more speed and natural movement for your technique.

Aikido Gradings

To assess the student's ability in Aikido, he or she has to take an examination before a Dan Grade (Black Belt). In this examination, the students with their partners go through the techniques that have been taught. These techniques have been laid down in the grading syllabus. This applies for all the Kyu grades up to 1st Kyu. If a pupil is trying for a Black Belt then he can only be graded by a 4th Dan or above. This method has been laid down by the Aikikai, the world centre of Aikido. All Black Belts who have been graded by Aikikai teachers receive a diploma from Japan. It is a great honour to receive one of these as there are only fifteen British students who hold them. Do not forget that there is a lot of hard work before one reaches this standard. The usual time is three years based on two practices a week. I believe that ninety per cent of people who practise Aikido could arrive at the Black Belt stage if they had the strength of mind and determination to keep up their practice....

What is Aikido

Aikido is a relatively new martial art dating from the 1920's when its founder, Morihei Ueshiba (O-Sensei), began to develop what he came to call Aikido. Aikido means the way (do) to harmony (ai) with ki. The Japanese ideograms kanji) for Aikido are made up of roots and word elements which bring a wealth of concept and meaning to those who can see them for what they are. Aikido incorporates techniques from traditional martial arts such as ju-jutsu and is rooted in the Japanese samurai warrior tradition of budo. It is this concern for the opponent that makes Aikido radically different from other martial arts. Two ancient concepts of budo are ai nuke, mutual preservation, and katsu jin ken, the saving of your enemy's Aikido even redefines the idea of enemy or opponent. It is the only martial art recommended by counselors of parents of abusive children. Aikido is designed to control rather than destroy the opponent. The Aiki-doist does not punch or kick to injure, does not block or...

The Spirit of Aikido

You will find that the more you practise Aikido, the more the self-defence aspect will become of secondary importance. By the physical practice of Aikido we are trying to find the truth by technique. If one's technique is not correct or true, then one's way of life is false and one can never be fully confident of oneself. I think that material things can only bring happiness up to a point but it is the deeper inner happiness that we are seeking and Aikido is one way of finding this. You will find that through Aikido practice your mind will become more positive in deciding matters. This is why to find the 'way' we must always continue to practise our technique and try to put our mistakes right. This is also why Aikido is so interesting as there is no end to it. One never stops learning and there is always something new to learn and improve. But I know that it takes three years to become proficient at Aikido and if the mind is bad and the intentions evil the technique and the Aikido...


Aikido Basic Techniques Illustration

As taught by the Founder to the Author, Aikido is an extremely efficient and versatile martial art. It does not rely upon a weapon or weapons but shows that the body movements are the same whether one holds a weapon or not. The term riai means, literally, a blending of truths. By understanding Aikido through riai, one sees that the taijutsu techniques were developed from movements using the sword. Therefore, training with the sword will develop taijustu technique. Mr. Morihiro Saito was born in Ibaraki Prefecture in March of 1928. In July of 1946, he met and became the student of Professor Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, at the Ibaraki Outdoor Dojo in Iwama. He lived at the dojo and worked hard for the Founder even though he held a regular job. So complete was his desire to learn Aikido and his devotion to the Founder, that after his marriage, instead of a honeymoon trip, he left his bride to train with Professor Ueshiba. At the New Year Celebration in 1959 he became an...


Chinkon Mudra

Clear reference to the techniques of aiki can be THE HIDDEN ROOTS OF AIKIDO ___ Another approach is based on the principle of blending your ki with that of your opponent and Unking yourself to the cosmos. Proper execution of such advanced techniques requires a high level of enlightenment but, once mastered, these remarkable techniques enable human beings to disarm their foes and to eliminate aggression, sometimes even on a universal scale. The question of whether or not the principle of cosmic harmony and a desire for world peace are implicit in the Daito-ryu teachings remains a matter for debate, but Morihei Ueshiba, strongly influenced by the spiritual teachings of the Omoto-kyo sect of Shinto, made the quest for world peace a central pillar of Aikido.

The Spirit of Aiki

Ley can change both the direction and the amount of a force, using the principle of zero resistance. With even a small revolution, a puiley can make it possible to move a large object. Similarly, when an opponent grabs your wrist, you can move another part of your arm (for instance, the elbow), so that rather than moving the wrist you use it as a fixed puiley and present a strong counter to the attack. However, if the opponent pushes, or pulls, or has a very strong grip, this principle does not work as well. In such cases, a larger circular motion of the body, such as the en no sabaki circular movement (pivoting on one foot while making a big, sweeping turn) employed in Ueshiba-style Aikido, can be quite effective. Again, the main principles are nonresistance to and redirection of a force.

Books Journals Articles and Internet

Aikido Journal, Stanley Pranin (Editor), 2564 Wigwam Pkwy 231, Henderson, Nevada 89014 USA Phone 702-837-7657, FAX 413-403-0172 Website E-mail editor Aikido Today Magazine, Aret6 Press, P.O. Box 1060, Claremont, CA 91711-1060. Phone (909) 624-7770, FAX (800) 445-AIKI Website ATM E-mail atm History, culture, and practice in the world of Aikido. Interviews with Aikidoists, beginning and advanced, from around the country and the world calendars of events, announcements, reviews of books, training tapes, and other products. Dobson, Terry, and Miller, Victor (1987), Aikido in Everyday Life Giving in to Get Your Way North Atlantic Books. Could easily be subtitled Suzette Elgin Meets Morihei Ueshiba. Aikido off the mat and dealing with conflict and harmony in, yes, the most The first edition of this book was published in 1977 when Winning Through Intimidation and Taking Care of Number One topped the bestseller lists. The art of Aikido was...

The Power of Ki and Kokyu

When listening to people talk about Aikido, you will hear about the power of Ki (Spirit) and Kokyu (Breath control). Both are things that cannot easily be explained as they are spiritual feelings. I am still trying to acquire these powers fully. I have found that these powers in Aikido are only possible when one is fully relaxed. So if one loses one's temper one will never find this power. This is why I feel sure that it is important to practise not only the technical side of Aikido but also to discipline the mind and accept the ceremony which is associated with the Art.

Morihei Ueshiba Meets Rube Goldberg

The common vision of the martial artist is that of a hard-eyed, hard-bitten, potential killer. Someone very Very Serious. Aikido preaches soft eyes, loving protection, and a large heart and Zen tradition is filled with tales of wise old fools of impish and zany humor. Jay Gluck witnessed one of the best, an encounter between O-Sensei and cartoonist Rube Goldberg. (See Gluck, 1992).

Tommy Otani The Introduction

The writer studied Kendo under Master Kenshiro Abbe Sensei during the period 1955 to 1964 and wishes to thank him for all his help. He is well known as one of the leading Martial Arts teachers - he was the youngest-ever All Japan Judo champion, and also studied Kendo, Aikido and Juken Jutsu (the art of bayonet fighting derived from spearmanship).

To Toronto with James to meet Vladimir

On October 10, 2002, James and I boarded a plane for Toronto to spend the weekend training with Vladimir and his students. We scheduled a time to meet with Vladimir privately to conduct an interview and to explain in greater detail the concept behind Aiki Expo 2003. I had high expectations about Vladimir based on what James had told me and my viewing of the Systema videotapes. Vladimir didn't disappoint. He is one of the finest human beings I've ever met and a credit to the kind of person that Systema develops. His skills are astounding and in perfect consonnance with the philosophy of aikido. He never opposes an attack, but blends and leads the attacker into a fall or submission. Vladimir is humble but with complete confidence born of his many years of training and exposure to life-and-death situations.

Kaitennage spiral throw st form

This technique is a spiral throw and involves a circular movement. All techniques of Aikido are circular and not angular. This is important to remember. When the opponent attacks you for 1st form, step slightly back with your left leg. Your right hand follows your body, taking his arm over his head as you escape backwards under his arm. Keep your hand in the same position, push forward thus making an arc. At the same time you should catch his right wrist with your left hand. With your right hand press upon his neck and roll him forward.

Counter techniques nd form Nikkyo second form into Sankyo third form

When you are practising these counter-throws, try to keep you mind always going forward. If you let your mind go back it will be too late for you and his technique will win. This is the real fight in Aikido - to try to completely give yourself to him. This lets your partner feel that he has secured the technique and won. This lulls him back into a false sense of security and you will be able to counter him. If you cannot control your ego and try to show that you are the stronger by resisting him, you will lose.

Do I have to speak Japanese or memorize a lot of Japanese vocabulary

There are Japanese practice terms that are part of Aikido, but they will gradually seep into your memory as you hear them over and over again. 8) Can I use Aikido to defend myself Aikido is a very powerful and effective self-defense art. However, this question is essentially unanswerable. Whether you can defend yourself depends on who will be attacking you and how long you will have been studying. If you have practiced Aikido for three years and you are attacked by someone who has practiced Karate for twenty-five years, you will probably not be successful in defending yourself. Or you may surprise yourself and succeed.

Six Directions Breathing

This exercise is a way of practicing keeping an open, even, symmetrical awareness of your whole body. Most people, when they first start working with this exercise, experience that there are areas of their body or directions of their breath that are not clear for them. Any dim spot in the feeling of your body's field of attention is an area of reduced body awareness and reduced vigor. Finding gaps in your field of awareness and breathing life back into them is a way of remembering to live fully in your body. More than that, it is a way of contacting the feeling of living fully in the world. You can do this exercise for a few minutes every day, and it will tremendously improve your Aikido practice.

Children With Attention Disorders

I generally see children with attention problems for three to five one-hour sessions. That is usually enough to teach them the focusing and self-regulation techniques that I have developed. Many children move into my children's Aikido classes after the series of private lessons. The private sessions are much quieter and less complex an environment than an Aikido class with fifteen children, and so kids with attention problems find private lessons much easier as a starting point. The Aikido classes offer them a way to continue practicing self-regulation and focusing. The trauma response often functions as a way of reducing awareness, as a form of anesthesia. When there is nothing practical that can be done to control a threat, then anesthesia offers a means of tolerating it. However, as Aikidoka, we have experienced very clearly that the power to fight an attack or escape from it comes from relaxed, balanced movement and clear awareness. The normal shock responses of muscular By...

Level Advancement Bonuses

Aikikai Aikido (EXCLUSIVE) (Basically, this is a representation of Aikido based on my GM's numerous complaints. It's resemblance to true Aikikai-school aikido is indeterminate. In terms of history and philosophy, it is identical to the Aikido found on page 84 of Ninjas and Superspies.) WHY STUDY AKIKAI AIKIDO A slightly more combat oriented style than standard aikido, it should appeal to those who need some offense with their defensive skills. Somewhat less mystic power than the usual aikido.

SP I have recently come to understand that what people normally call courtesy or kindness is not sim

SP When I first began to understand more about the System, of course, I was very impressed by the skills that you displayed, but James' comments about your character, Mikhail, and that of Vladimir were very important for me. In that sense, I see things in common with aikido with the stress on the ethical system and the martial system.

Different Ways of Practising

Another method practice is for two partners to hold you and for you to try to escape. This practice will show whether you are using strength or not. In the beginning always let your partner hold you but as you progress you should move just before they touch you. Lead their strength with yours. Do not let your Ki power clash with your partners or you will not feel the real sense of Aikido.

Henkawaza combination technique

There are many combination techniques but you will find that if your practise properly they will come automatically through your Aikido movement. This will eventually come to you without you thinking about them. I will give you the basic idea from 1st form Shiho-nage into Kote-gaeshi and then into Ikkyo.

Iriminage enter body projection st form

Irimi-nage is the enter body projection (throw) and is a special technique of Aikido. When your opponent catches your right wrist with his right hand, keep your right arm straight. Step in with your left foot into his rear side, your left hand encircling his neck. You are now the centre of the movement, and, stepping backwards with your right foot so that he is on the outside circle pull him into your right shoulder. Hook your right hand under his chin and throw him down. Most of the control comes from your grip on his neck. Try not to use strength catching him, otherwise he will resist you more easily.

Dojo Participation Meetings

Aikido of Columbus is a community of Aikido practitioners, and we share the tasks involved in creating and maintaining the dojo. There are a number of committees which focus on various areas of dojo life. These include committees on PR, lending library, seminars, parties, and sales. You are welcome to join committees and your participation would be very much appreciated by all. We hold periodic dojo meetings to discuss the workings of the various committees. In addition to discussing various things that are part of running the dojo, we also allot time in the meetings for discussion of thoughts and feelings about problems that arise in practice. At Aikido of Columbus we are attempting to extend the practice of Aikido into our lives and use Aikido as a way of resolving conflicts and creating harmony. The dojo meetings are opportunities to improve communication and resolve misunderstandings.

Yonkyo fourth principle st form

This concludes the fundamental techniques. Throws are often achieved in Aikido by forcing an opponent to throw himself if he is to avoid having one of his limbs dislocated. This is why it is particularly important for the beginner to practise carefully. The beginner will learn to avoid locks by throwing himself but this may take some time to acquire.

Two Direction Exercise

Aikido Unbendable Arm

This exercise (.zengo-undo) involves a series of turns, reversing direction. When applied to Aikido techniques, it models a response to attacks from two or more attackers coming fiom opposite directions. It also models demands from two different jobs or chores that threaten to divide time and attention. Turn completely, directing ki, mind, and attention, strongly forward while remaining balanced and centered. Pattern is hips-hands-hands-hips.

Disrupting Ki Wrist Tickle

Geborgen Gottes Hand

Part of Aikido technique is causing uke to want to move. (Or, in the vernacular, messing with his mind. ) When uke holds with firm but neutral energy it is difficult to do tenkan as there is nothing to work with. With no flow, there is nowhere to go. But nage can change the equation with a tiny, almost invisible motion that draws uke's mind. In Aikido, tiny beginning motions are behind many big results.

History of the author

When Koichi Tohei was 19 years old, he became a disciple of Master Morihei Ueshiba and started to practice Aikido. (In 1969, Koichi Tohei was awarded the 10th dan, the highest rank, from Master Morihei Ueshiba.) After the war, he returned to practicing Zen, Misogi and Aikido. He also became a disciple of Master Tenpu Nakamura and mastered the principle Mind moves body through Master Tenpu's teaching. This then became the center of his own teaching.

Suwari Waza Sitting Techniques

These sitting and kneeling techniques are more difficult for Europeans than for Eastern students. The Aikido manner of kneeling and sitting is the Orient's natural way of sitting. Unless one starts young it is hard to acquire this suppleness. But with persistent practice one should be able to learn these techniques. This is a very good exercise for the student's body especially for the hips. When I began Aikido my teacher instructed me mostly from the kneeling positions. This lasted for two years. Because of this I got a good idea of the use of the hips in Aikido. Later on, after practising these postures which can be seen in Plates 51 and 52, try the actual knee walking. Start with one knee resting on the mat, keeping your feet underneath your buttocks. The other knee is bent. Keep your hands on top of your knees. Now lower the knee that is bent onto the mat and spin on your knee until you are in the opposite direction, bringing the other knee into the bent position. Continue this...

The Nature Of Technique

A difficulty that often arises for beginners is the nature of kata and the meaning of Aikido defense techniques. Kata is prearranged form, and most Aikido practice is kata. Practicing a kata with a partner means that there is an agreement about what the attack will be and what the defense will be. It means that the attacker has agreed in advance to lose . However, the attack and the defense must still be sincere and effective. If either is empty form without sincere combat intent, the practice becomes worthless. It may become limp repetition or empty physical force, but it won't be Aikido. In sincere practice, two partners are trying to create together the physical and energetic experience of real harmonizing with an attack. In actual combat, the attacker will certainly be sincere, but s he will actively try to prevent that harmonizing. In actual combat, the perceptive and Centered Aikidoist will harmonize with the attack, blend with it, lead it and defeat it. In combat, the Aikidoist...

Attendance Attendance Cards

Aikido of Columbus has classes six days per week and a supervised free practice period on Sunday. You may come to any or all of the classes for your monthly dues. When you register, you will be given an attendance card. It has safety information on it as well as spaces for recording your practice hours (which you will need for rank testing). When you pay your dues each month, the instructor will note that on the card. Each time you come to practice, pull your card from the box, check off the practice date, and leave the card by the box. The instructor will put the card away after practice.

Images and Visualization

In Aikido, just as in gymnastics, dance, or golf, the image is a vital part of the technique we create the image in the mind then let the body catch up. Imaging helps or allows the body to move, react, or feel in ways that In Aikido, a common image is that of water. Water flows yet is incompressible. It is soft and yielding but also produces the rock-hardness of the firehose. It can carve the rock, shape the coastline, bathe the child. Be a water drop.

Koshiwaza hip technique

In Aikido, we make what we call 'T' form. This is not so much lifting your partner up as using your hips as a see-saw. Imagine that the thrower is the upright part of the 'T' and your partner is the cross. There are numerous techniques that one can do with Koshi-waza. But usually these are not taught until the grade of 1st Kyu because of the special use of the hips and the breakfalls involved. I have selected two main ones for this book. This is one of them.

WarmingUp Before Practice

Warming-up is as necessary in Aikido as it is in other physical activities. One loosens up one's joints and muscles. Starting from the feet, one twists one's ankles. Then one softly but firmly taps one's insteps with the palms of the hands. Next in a sitting position and with your legs tucked underneath you tap your thigh, shoulders and chest. From a standing position bend one knee and push the other leg out. Try to get down as far as possible. Keep the outstretched leg straight.

Policy On Bloodborne Pathogens

Every once in a while, someone will get scratched during practice and bleed. We have adopted a policy to minimize the risk of transmission of HIV, Hepatitis-B, and other blood-borne diseases. It is important to realize, however, that current medical evidence suggests that the risk of transmission of HIV during the type of body contact that occurs in Aikido training is extremely slight. Organizations such as the NCAA and the U.S. Olympic Committee have concluded that persons infected with blood-borne pathogens should not be barred from participating in contact sports. These organizations have concluded that the already-slight risk of transmission of HIV and other blood-borne diseases can be reduced further by adoption of the Center for Disease Control universal precautions with regard to exposed body fluids. (This section on blood-borne pathogens was adapted from the policy developed at Aikido West, with thanks to Sensei Frank Doran.)

The Concept of Reality

Ki can also be defined as attention or mind. While the concept of extending ki is vitally important in Aikido, what it actually is that you are extending is not so important. A strong case can be made for it doesn't matter if the end result is the same, if the final results are real. Beginners commonly have difficulty with this concept. I, like many others, wasted at least six months debating whether what I was seeing was real or not real. Experience won.

Ikkyo With Attitude

Like everything else in Aikido, the success of ikkyo-undo depends upon inner attitude. Experiment with the following (nage actually saying the words aloud while doing ikkyo) 3. A cheery Hi there Thank you for the opportunity to practice Aikido (See Yes and No on page 137.)

Dojo Etiquette

As a Japanese martial art, Aikido has inherited some aspects of that Asian culture, most noticeably the bow. Aikido makes use of the bow as a gesture of commitment and respect. It is not a form of worship. It is more like a salute. When you enter and leave the dojo (the practice hall), stop at the door and bow to the shomen (the front of the school). Likewise, when you get on and off mat, bow to the shomen. You bow to your practice partner before and after practicing together, and you bow to Sensei (the instructor) before and after s he begins to work with you. You should be on the mat, ready to practice a few minutes before the class starts. For the last few minutes before class, you should sit quietly and focus your mind. We start class with a bow. Teachers and students all bow together to the shomen, as a gesture of our working together in Aikido toward the goal of self-understanding and universal harmony. Then the teacher turns toward the students, and the teacher and students bow...

CHAPTiR Sxtend Ki

Unbendable Arm Push Hands

If Id is defined as mind or attention then extending ki refers to a (greeting of mind or attention to a thing, to a point of focus, to a goal. The phrase extend ki seems to suggest that there is a starting point, a time wheat ki is not being extended. Actually ki should be extended all the time. In Aikido and in daily life, waiting until an attack occurs, and then toying i extend, attend, or set a goal, is too late. Hence a slightly Why do you have to extend ki Well, you don't. You can also think of your body Med with light. But the concept of something going out of your body is easier to grasp. The next step, learning to align with the extension of energy from your partner and dealing with it appropriately, is the beginning of Aikido technique. youry U an Aikido technique depends on where you place Once Unbendable Arm has been mastered it is easy to keep an Unbendable Arm separate from the rest of the body. In Shin-Shin Toitsu Aikido we look not only for mind-body coordination but...

Centered Movement

Aikido is about moving and being Centered. You will hear a lot about this, but some basic ideas will help you understand this key Aikido concept. There are two basic aspects of centering practices, emptying out and filling up. Emptying out is the process of letting go of rigid patterns. Filling up is the process of enlivening the mindbody with relaxed strength. Emptying out is releasing energy blocks, and filling up is energy extension. The basic stance in Aikido is hanmi the half-body or T-stance. The principles of centered movement can be described in terms of this particular posture. However, being centered really refers to the quality or feel of movement rather than to superficial physical position. Though you will not always be in the basic stance position, you should discover its meaning and maintain its feel. The basic Aikido posture includes the following The energy qualities of Aikido are called Center and can be described in terms of a balance and unification of all...

Chapter Keep Voinf

In Japanese, this point is known as the hara the center of life and spiritual energy, a point-source of light and ki. In keeping with the Japanese tradition, the Aikidoist thinks of One-Point as the central point. We drop weight underside, to One-Point. We relax, focusing on One-Point. We extend ki from One-Point. An attack and a reaction both have a rhythm and a beat. Since Aikido movement begins at the One-point and is detected by the One-Point, Aikido technique has a music, a rhythm of its own. Susan Chandler, Sensei whose workshops emphasize music and rhythm, thinks of One-Point as the conductor of the music of the body. The gyroscope is a highly stable spinning top. In engineenng applications it provides a stable reference point for navigation, helping to stabilize and diiect ships and planes. In Aikido, the One-Point offers the same stabilizing effect. It is thought of not only as the center of the body but of the universe. The idea is that since the universe is infinite, its...

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Mikhail Ryabko

The following interview was conducted in Toronto, Ontario on May 19, 2003. Present were Mikhail Ryabko, Valerie Vasiliev who served as interpreter, James Williams, Scott Meredith, and Aikido Journal Editor Stanley Pranin. Large parts of the texts were transcribed and translated by Pavel Rott.

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The following page shows the basic stretching routine we use at the dojo. The first thing to think about in doing these exercises is that they are not for stretching but for releasing and relaxing. Stretching implies a forcing or tearing of the body, and the use of force against the body is a very un-Aikido idea. However, we will call these exercises stretches just because that is the common term.

United States

Phone (805) 967-3101 FAX (805) 967-5459 http edu aikido Denver Ki-Aikido Susan Chandler 2129-B South Sheridan Denver, CO 80227 Phone (303) 948-1005 sechand Ki-Aikido at CSU Fort Collins Russell Smith Colorado State University, Recreational Sports Fort Collins, CO 80523 Phone (970) 491-6359 ki Maul Maui Ki Aikido* Bloomington KI Aikido Sharon Mlnsuk Phone 812-824-7038 sminsuk http Aikido Austin Ki Aikido 211 W North Loop Austin, TX 78756 Attn Kathy Feriand Phone (512)459-9249 http Houston Ki-Aikido

Mikhail Ryabko

Threadgill Menkyo Kaiden

The tape featured a certain Mikhail Ryabko conducting a seminar in Russia for a group of visiting foreign martial artists. Mikhail. a recently-retired colonel in the Russian Army, is a short, stout man with incredible sensitivity whose movements seemed more aiki -like than what goes on in most aikido dojos. The husky foreign students on the video were obviously strong, experienced people and Mikhail easily dispatched them in a way that might look faked to the untrained eye. We all were captivated by Mikhail's skills and some very nice compliments were offered by those present. I made a mental note to check out this Systema more in detail at some later date. A few months later I received an enthusiastic call from James Williams of Bugei Trading Company who had visited Toronto to attend a Systema seminar taught by Mikhail Ryabko and hosted by Vladimir Vasiliev. James, as is well-known to many Aikido Journal readers, has an extensive background in both empty-handed and weapons-based arts...


Agrn Carrier With Limb Girdle

O'Sensei practiced Aikido and farmed. I have been practicing Aikido and organic gardening for over thirty years, and within a short time of beginning Aikido, I started thinking about how to apply Aikido movements to gardening chores. An early article that I published on Aiki extensions work was an article I wrote in 1978 on gardening. Think back to the four body awareness themes that I discussed earlier. Because space is limited, I cannot go into full details about how I teach fullness as the foundation for powerful, efficient, strain-free hoeing. However, generally speaking, the body should be well-aligned, with full breathing, and power being generated by the legs and hips. There should be a balanced and open awareness of the self in space. In particular, using the hoe makes use of the rowing exercise and is very much like using the Aikido jo (short staff). In photo 3, I have finished the chopping motion with the hoe, and it is clear that the power comes from the forward weight...


There is no such thing in Aikido as a contest. It is against all the principles of the art. Thus, if you practise 'contest' Aikido, you are not practising true Aikido but street fighting. It is therefore better to practise in the streets as it is cheaper and the training is not so hard In Aikido, you must remember that your partner is not your enemy but your friend. Look after his welfare as well as your own. Help him to learn Aikido. If you injure him purposely then he will go away and you will not progress by yourself. There is an old Japanese saying 'It takes two hands to make a noise one is no good by itself.

Head Instructors

Aikido as an art is subject to a broad variety of interpretations and approaches. When you enroll in an Aikido school, it is not Aikido that you are studying but the particular undertanding of Aikido that is the vision of the instructors at that school. Paul Linden and Peggy Berger are the chief instructors at Aikido of Columbus. With their broad background in movement practice, Paul and Peggy bring to their Aikido instruction a deep understanding of the relationship of the biomechanical, philosophical, personal, spiritual and martial aspects of Aikido. Peggy Berger is a body movement awareness educator and Aikidoist. She began her practice of Aikido in 1978 and holds a fourth degree black belt in Aikido, has her MS in Dance Movement Therapy, and is certified as a Laban Movement Analyst, a Feldenkrais instructor and a Being In Movement instructor. She uses Aikido defense techniques as experiential metaphors for examining reactions to life situations, opening to a larger sense of self,...


The defenses are designated by naming the attack and then the action which constitutes the defense. Thus the name of one complete Aikido tehnique is Ushiro Katatetori Kubishimi Koshinage. The largest number of Aikido throws have no specific names but are known under the heading of kokyu nage

General Terms

Aikido the path to a harmonious spririt limitless Aikido, spontaneous manifestation of inifinite technique unification of opposites purification literally, great teacher . Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, is known to Aikido students as O'Sensei senior student, one who began Aikido before you junior student, one who began Aikido after you Aikido Foudation. Japanese umbrella organization headed by a descendent of Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido. master teacher the oblique, T-stance used in Aikido. Literally


Because attention follows or is determined by the eyes, Aikido considers eye direction to be extremely important. Eyes looking one direction and body moving in another usually indicates a split between mind and body, shattered attention, and decreased concentration and strength. Aikido says Yes Yes and draws closer. Aikido techniques may fail if nage tries to hold uke at arm's length, at a safe distance. This appears safer, but is not.

Meaningful Practice

Aikido is not practiced solely for the purpose of learning how to perform effective defense techniques. The real meaning of Aikido lies in extending the principles of Aikido into every day life. Aikido techniques exist for the purpose of giving you a context within which to practice self-observation and improvement. What is the real problem being addressed in Aikido practice The real problem is fear and anger and the spiritual isolation and alienation created by fear and anger. When the attacker attacks, we harden ourselves and separate ourselves from him or her. Aikido techniques must be done lovingly to be combat effective. The effort in Aikido practice is to remember to observe yourself as you do the techniques and create an inner sense of power, compassion and expansiveness as the foundation for the outer defense technique. That is real Aikido practice, and if you work on that, you will find Aikido affecting your whole life.

Common Challenges

Every student is encouraged to practice at their own pace and level. Beginners are helped to go slowly and practice at a level which is safe and appropriate. However, many beginners will experience some common difficulties that can be part of starting Aikido. Beginners often feel uncomfortable being attacked or acting the role of the attacker. However, the attack defense process is a model for all of life's challenges, and learning to handle feelings of discomfort in Aikido is a way of finding harmony in all of life's difficult moments. In Aikido, the attack is a gift which allows us to practice and grow. There is no ill will in the attack or the defense. Some beginners have an opposite difficulty they feel that Aikido practice is unrealistic. In order to be safe, Aikido must be unrealistic to some extent. Aikido practice is kata that is, pre-arranged attack defense movement routines. Kata are meant to create a safe practice situation in which you can learn the basics, so that you...

Rank Testing

Note that there are many correct ways of executing Aikido techniques. The head instructors, in accordance with USAF standards, have designated the appropriate test versions of the required techniques. People practicing for a test normally give each other feedback about their techniques, and different people may be in the habit of doing the techniques differently. However, remember not to be too pushy about the right way to achieve harmonious movement. If there are questions about the techniques, ask the black belts, or ask the head instructors, who are the final arbiters of technique. Testing involves more than just the physical execution of the techniques. We want to see presence of mind and good flow. In addition, your attitude toward yourself, toward your practice partners, and toward Aikido are part of the test. It is necessary to have a sincere commitment to practicing hard and doing well coupled with a healthy nonattachment about taking the test and passing or failing. If a...

Turning Tenkan

Zen Ideograma

A tenkan is a turning, a simple maneuver that is, in fact, one of the most powerful and devastating moves in Aikido. It is the Aikido version of turning the other cheek. Balance and direction are extremely important and a common subject of ki testing. In 1982, I gleefully demonstrated a karate technique for breaking a hold to and on my Old Swordmaster Ben Swett. He demonstrated tenkan. I couldn't see it, didn't understand what he had just done or what he was talking about. All he had done was turn around. So I think, he said, that you would enjoy Aikido. He was right.


It is important to differentiate force, even destructive force, from violence. We can define violence as behavior motivated by fear, anger, and the desire to hurt and demean. That would mean that it is possible to fight to protect yourself or another, using force, in a non-violent way. That is the first aim of Aikido practice. It is human to react to a threat by lashing out violently to destroy what is threatening us. In being touched by an enemy in Aikido class, we have the opportunity to either react in the spirit of hurtfulness or root out the desire to hurt. Without the attack defense interaction as a practice format, the seeds of hurtfulness would lie dormant within us, only to sprout when we are really attacked. In class practice, we find these seeds, sprout them, uproot them, and deliberately construct the mindbody state of power and love. And hopefully we will react more humanely when it's for real. The ultimate aim of Aikido practice is the ability to find loving,...

Test Requirements

The United States Aikido Federation has defined a standard set of rank requirements for adults, and we have added a few additional requirements to that. Attacking In addition to the defender's movements in the specified techniques, you must be prepared to demonstrate that you understand the attacker's movements. In a test, the attacker and the defender are cooperating to demonstrate what Aikido flow should be. Jo Technique For second kyu and above, students will be expected to know Aikido jo technique, including the jo kata and jo suburi, jo throwing, and jo take aways. Seminars Seminars are invaluable in broadening your awareness of different approaches to Aikido. Students who are testing for fourth and third kyu should have attended at least one seminar per year since their last test. Students who are testing for second kyu and above should have attended at least two seminars per year since their last test.

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