There is a great quote, often wrongly attributed to Aristotle, but actually is from Will Durant (who is very well worth reading) in his discussion of Aristotle (The Story of Philosophy, 1926): Excellence is an art won by training and habituation: we not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but rather […]Read more "EXCELLENCE"
Gyaku hanmi katate dori kotegaeshi can be broken down into its constituent movements. I am trying to ‘teach to the test’ and therefore present the ‘how to’ step by step mechanics and this morning we built from the understanding of the axis of the encounter. Gyaku hanmi katate dori eliminates many variables because the encounter starts […]Read more "GYAKU HANMI KATATE DORI KOTEGAESHI"
This morning we covered gyaku hanmi katatedori shihonage. The focus is on kihon presentation in order to ensure precision. Gyaku hanmi (R/L or L/R) starts with a fixed contact point – the wrist grab. Both players must have a forward energy toward each other’s center. Because the logic of the wrist grab is a knife […]Read more "GYAKU HANMI SHIHONAGE"
For this post, I merely re-post from Master Keating and simply imbed links to make more clear what he was imparting. Study these concepts, they pertain to your Aikido training as well: ______________________ In Kung Fu to issue forth a blast of energy (force) from any place on your body is known as “Fa-jing“. It […]Read more "KI/KOKYUHO – internal power and its cognates"
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Janus again as a featured image to symbolize the start of a new year and for 2018 I will embark on a new experiment. For the past two years, I have been focusing of teaching concepts rather than techniques (re-visit the beginning) in order to train the trainers. For this New Year I will systematically […]Read more "BACK TO BASICS"
Mulligan sensei when we last communicated, you mentioned: I just had a discussion with Malory Graham sensei (of Seattle Aikikai) and we were discussing some of the reasons that Aikido membership in the States is declining. She believes, and I agree, that it is mainly bad teaching. To be a good teacher, you first have […]Read more "CREATING TEACHERS – CHRIS MULLIGAN"