Harmony and Housework

During classes at the do jo, shoes are neatly stored in a rack. At many more traditional schools, they are carefully placed around the mat, facing out. The samurai tradition required constant readiness. Inability of a warrior to respond because of a missing sandal or misplaced or faulty weapons would have been an unspeakable shame. The same goal of battle-readiness should apply to modern everyday life. It is inefficient to spend half an hour looking for the other shoe. If you are never sure of...

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. To some, the challenge of believing in...

Images and Visualization

The exercises in this Sampler contain a variety of images. 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 may not be possible when working from the purely intellectual.1 Visualization and hi extension raise the startling possibilities that our thoughts do become reality on some level. Yet ki does not violate the laws of...

Ikkyo Undo

Ikkyo-undo (the first-exercise) is yet another way of aligning with uke's energy, matching speed and direction. 2. Arms swing forward and up, fingers extended, stopping at forehead level. 3. Arms drop to sides, hands softly closed. 4. Hips shift back. Pattern is hips-hands, hands-hips. Uke test, with nage static or in motion Pushing forward from small of back. Pushing perpendicular to chest. Once the rhythm is mastered, repeat the exercise while uke Strikes shomen-uchi with hand (see Block...

Attention

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. On the mat, experiment with the following Listening to a speaker while looking elsewhere. Uke test. Repeating any physical exercise (such as Arm Swinging* on page 74 or Spinning* on page 75). Direct eyes and attention...

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. Ai, to fit, to be in harmony or agreement with. The lower strokes form a square which represents a mouth or opening such as...

Try vs Do

Nage say each of these aloud. 1. I can't keep Unbendable Arm. 2. I will try lo keep Unbendable Arm. Countless lecturcs and sermons have been preached on the negative cffects of 'can't but note that try is little different as it contains the built-in possibility of failure. Look for other examples of effects by words that are far more than just semantics.1 Words signify radically different things to different people. See Elgin, Suzette (1980). George Simcox would...

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Moving One Point

While sitting in seiza, cross-legged, or standing, nage places his mind in different positions At the test point (life's hand). At the center of the earth. Uke test on request. Compare stability of different placements. With nage in seiza, having established One-Point, 1. Uke runs a finger up nage's spine like a zipper. A classic means of disrupting stability is to tap nage on the head or tousle the hair. These are the fci-test equivalents of tennis players who stop play to ask you to show...

Disrupting Ki Wrist Tickle

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. 1. Uke seizes nage's wrist firmly but with neutral energy. 2. Nage attempts tenkan and observes any difficulty. 4. Nage strokes underside of uke's wrist...

Practice of Ki Breathing

Begin ki breathing by practicing for 5 minutes at a time, working up to 10 or 20 minutes. Work towards a goal of a minimum of 30 minutes, ideally at the same time (or times) each day. Tohei recommends breathing for 15 minutes before sleeping and 15 minutes after getting up in the morning. 1. Neutral position Sit in seiza with lower back curved in, leaning slightly forward. Place your mind at your One-Point. Take a full breath, then____ 2. Exhalation Exhale slowly through your mouth. Use a soft...

The Grid

This seemingly solid body that sits at my seemingly solid desk is a swirling cloud of electrons and other infinitesimally small particles. In one atom, the spaces between nucleus and electrons are like the spaces between sun and planets. We are indeed mostly space. This exercise asks that you imagine that reality as reality. 1. Imagine your body as a mesh of fine charged wire, an energy grid, or a cloud of electrons. 2. Rather than resisting oncoming energy, let it pass through you as easily as...

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. In left hanmi, hands lightly closed and arms hanging...

Dropping Both Arms

This is the two-armed version of the Arm-Dropping Exercise Udemawashi Undo done forward and in reverse. This is the two-armed version of the Arm-Dropping Exercise Udemawashi Undo done forward and in reverse. 1. Raise left arm as high over the head as possible without straightening elbow. 2. Drop the left arm forward and return four times. 3. Drop the right arm forward and return four times. The tendency is to raise One-Point while raising arms the challenge is to leave One-Point in place while...

Chapter Breathing and

Since we all breathe, what could be more natural What could be more absurd than studying how to breathe In fact, correct healthy breathing is rare. Health problems due to faulty breathing are common and well-documented in the medical literature. Incorrect paradoxical breathing can actually strain muscles of the neck and torso. These, in turn, entrap nerves producing such side effects as dizziness and headaches, chest and arm pain, or numb fingers. Breath control is considered so basic in...

Radio and TV

What you see and what you dwell on becomes part of you. There is a thin line between simply observing your surroundings and taking what you observe as ideal, as fact, as normal behavior, as reality. Much has been said about the effect of the media on children, as if adults are somehow immune. This is simply not so. On Halloween, 1938, Orson Welles' Mercury Theater of the Air presented H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds, a tale of a Martian invasion of Earth. Many listeners reported being frightened...

He Have

. orflrgrWsofth gt jke seizes na 's wrist Leaving wrist in place, 1 v , takes inventory of what uke does not control. 2. iWs pbf exafflpl the A who seizes nage's shoulder does not control nage's j uke who seizes nage's hand does not control nage's hips, foot, other hand, or shoulders, unless of course, nage stiffens or gets stuck on his own skin clothing, or perceptions. Compare with Letting Go page 84 an exercise in which you will consider that uke does not control your elbow. Gold V...

What Is One Point

At least part of what Aikidoists call the One-Point, center, or harct, is what physicists call the center of gravity, the point where gravity acts on the body as a whole. When the normal human stands upright in a normal posture, the center of mass is approximately between the spine and the navel. The vertical location of the One-Point is commonly said to be about two inches below the navel. If you fold your hands in front of you and drop them to your abdomen, your little fingers will be...

Knee Bends And Heel Raises

These are small, rhythmic knee bends that concentrate on dropping One-Point while helping you to find the balls of your feet Bend knees on the first two DOWNs. 1. Hands on hips, feet a bit more than shoulder-width apart. 2. Drop DOWN-up-DOWN-then UP on toes and down-down onto heels. down-down-UP-down-down . Emphasize the down dropping weight underside , not the up. The up is only a means of getting to the next down.

Knee Stretches

This is an exercise to loosen and stretch the knees and hamstrings. 2. Press down gently on the knee. The motion is down with the leg, not in against the knee. Think of stretching the back of the leg, not of pushing down the knee. With this exercise Udemawashi- Undo the rhythm changes to a single motion per count This is not an exercise in rotating the arm around the shoulder. It is arm dropping. 1. Raise left arm as high over the head as possible without straightening elbow. 2. Drop the left...

The Gridlock

This is the real On The Street As many have discovered, it is very easy to maintain One-Point and good will towards men in the peace and serenity of the dojo, a ki class, a convent, a meditation garden. But most of us must return to the real world, perhaps by way of heavy traffic a daunting challenge to the relaxed life. In the Washington, D.C. area alone there are over 900 cars per square mile and their drivers, with their own perceptions, attitudes, traditions, misconceptions, inexperience,...

Laundry Bag Tenkan

One of the most persistent refrains by new students who do not yet understand the power of what they are being taught is Yes, But On The Street Yes, But On Hie Street, insisted one new student, when instructed to turn a complete 180-degree tenkan rather than shortcutting, you wouldn't do a complete tenkan Such responses contrasting Mat Time with Real Time usually mean that the student doesn't yet understand the power of the circle and imagines that in a Real-life situation, it is only sensible...

Changing Size

Nikyo Hands

In a grab, you typically want to become smaller, enabling yourself to jnove with ease within uke's grasp, within your own skin. Combine this exercise with Letting Go on page 84. 1. Growing down below the mat and up to the ceiling. Uke test. 2. Expanding to fit the confines of the room, then beyond, becoming the size of the earth, extending to the ends of the universe. Uke test the effect of various images. See Breathing and Meditation. See also the video Powers of Ten under Books, Movies, and...

No Pain No Gain

Bows Aikido

In mm KMitwml dojos, stretching is don each other by standing on knees or back th Pmrs wfto maY heln men der why the former K, cm w age mnoenng, but not forced str h- In pairs, doing toe-touching or other stitching exe ' In class, this exercise ude-furi undo is usually continuous with Spinning Exercise ude-furi choyaku undo . e Nage stands with feet shoulder-width apart, with head, eyes, and ch straight ahead. Uke calls the count. 1. On One, swing arms to the left, wrapping around body. 2. On...

Kl bi jAikido Torso Turning

Turning the trunk, arms swinging from side to side. 1. Rotate One-Point, turning trunk and arms. 2. Arms rise to eye level at the mid-point of movement top view . Chest turns 90 degrees side to side, arms wrapping around chest side view . Chest moves and arms follow. Only arms move body remains still on the second count.

Orenate Unbendable

Triceps Bracchi

In this classic exercise, uke tries to bend nage's extended arm at the elbow while nage keeps the arm strong but relaxed, extending ki and attention beyond the arm. Uke tests gently at first with steadily increasing challenge as nage learns the feel. Once learned, nage will be able to maintain Unbendable Arm, exhibiting a strength beyond all apparent physical capacity. A smaller or weaker uke may test nage's Unbendable Arm by placing nage's hand on his shoulder then placing his own hands on...

Bending Forward and Backward

Beginning with feet shoulder width apart and arms overhead, 1. Bend forward F , throwing the hands through the legs as though whooshing a football to someone behind you. Continue the arm swing through the legs, completely, as far as they will go but do not compress the chest by bringing the arms close together. 2. On the backward motion B , bend back, arms following. Arms extend straight overhead and continue backward like an H, not coming together in a A. Eyes are straight ahead relative to...

Rag Doll Tenkan

Tenkan Images

In Aikido tenkan techniques, the competitive or hesitant uke who knows what's coming may pull back. While the experienced nage knows to switch into an entering irimi technique, a beginner may valiantly attempt to drag the resisting uke around in a circle. This exercise allows uke to practice extending forward while nage practices accepting and aligning with the energy. In pairs, 1. Nage extends a wrist and stands with One-Point. 2. Uke takes the wrist and pushes nage around in a circle. A...

United States

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Internal Aikido Class

Students of Ki Development can go through every exercise in this manual in meditation. Establish One-Point, relax, drop weight underside, and extend ki. Note feelings, moods. 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...

Index

Abusive children 3 addiction 198 aiki and right 4 Aikido and ice 59 defined 1 alpha brainwaves 155 Anecdotes A Positive Boss 173 Dick The Bruiser Addis 124 Dick The Braiser Addis and Unliftable Body 124 Focusing Madness 137 Golden Gloves and Gun 71 Golden Gloves and Guns 83 Heaven and Hell 116 impartiality and integrity 180 Karate Blocks and Ikkyo 138 Magic Cloak of Invisibility 69 Marching Men 44 Poor Eyesight 80 Strength and Weakness 181,183 The Empty Boat 161 The Policeman's Tale 179...

Mudra of Mind Body Unification

In yoga, a mudra is a hand position, used in meditation, that helps to achieve the very thing that it symbolizes. In seiza, 1. Fold fingers together as shown. The tips of each pair of fingers touch thumbs cross, left over right, to touch the bases of the index fingers. Imagine ki streaming from your One-Point up through your body, out your arms, and through the fingers as if through the nozzle of a fire hose. Uke test. Compare the stability of this pose with other tests done in the ordinary...

South America

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The Three Minute Ki Exercise for Health

Classes often begin with the Three-Minute Exercise For Health. It is intended to warm and loosen the muscles and to practice mind-body coordination. You should be able to pass a ki test done at any point during any of the exercises. All exercises emphasize a gentle stretch rather than force or compression. For instance, in tilting the head forward and back, think of stretching the front of the neck rather than concentrating on forcing the back of your head into your shoulders. Although count...

Kl in jAikico

Another version of relaxing on a support while keeping One-Point Note that arms are not kept artificially folded they drop, relaxed, uke, but body remains stable. 1. Nage leans forward over idee. linage has kept One-Point, stability will be maintained. If not, nage will fall. This exercise can be thought of as a physical version of goal setting. 1. M backward with arms raised overhead but keeping One-Point. 2. Uke test by pressing back towards perpendicular to chest tended weaUx tofcwfc or...

Chapter Keep Voinf

One-Point is thought of as a point within the abdomen, several inches below the naval. The Chinese know it as the tan-t'ien, the sea of ch'i. The Dugum Dani of New Guinea talk of the edai egen, or seed of singing, as the source of life power at the center of the body In English we talk of someone with spint and fortitude as having guts. 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,...

Asia

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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 . Rube was visiting Japan. He strolled into the Aikikai Hombu Dojo stepping up onto the elevated floor a huge cigar...

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...

Balloon Tenkan

Exercises Basketball

Because ki tends to flow in the direction that the fingers are pointing, the first step in tenkan is to curl the fingers see page 34 in order to blend with and redirect uke s ki. A big strong nage may be able to muscle and force the issue with a small uke, but this approach can t win against a balloon. Nage must curve the fingers, must concentrate on extending ki and blending, or else the balloon will go wafting, skipping and dancing across the room. No fair holding it with two hands except at...

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 AikiJournal.com E-mail editor aikidojoumal.com Aikido Today Magazine, Aret6 Press, P.O. Box 1060, Claremont, CA 91711-1060. Phone 909 624-7770, FAX 800 445-AIKI Website aiki.com ATM E-mail atm aiki.com History, culture, and practice in the world of Aikido. Interviews with Aikidoists, beginning and advanced, from around the country and the world calendars of...