KORYU 古流

Aikido is a modern art founded in the 1920s but its techniques are derivative from older material.  With a penchant for hierarchical division, the arts in Japan are labeled new and old – Gendai (new) and Koryu (old) with the Meiji restoration (1868) as the demarcation line. To begin researching Japanese Koryu: A great resource is […]

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JAMES A KEATING

In many representations there are three levels of learning: freshman/sophomore/senior; apprentice/journeyman/master; shu/ha/ri; all triadic structures; triskelions. In the general progression – first one follows instructions, absorbs variations; once the basic practices are mastered, one starts to learn the linkages, the theory connecting the technique; then one starts to learn from his own practice, creates new […]

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Kiri Kaeshi

Uchi komi is an exercise from the low guard to the midline (ge-dan to chu-dan) and finding shidachi’s blade on the center-line.  It is a vertical play on the 11/12 line. Kiri kaeshi is a horizontal play on the 3/4 line delivered from 5 – seigan-no-kamai position. I am blending ‘languages’ to illustrate connections – […]

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CHRISTIAN TISSIER

Christian Tissier is one of the more easily researched shihan – but some valuable articles are reposted here for ease of reference.     Christian Tissier demonstrating the Bercy Martial Arts Festival 2004.     The Health Of Aikido Christian Tissier has been in the aikido world since 1962. As an internationally renowned master with […]

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KAZUO CHIBA

The older I get, the more respect I have for the genuine accomplishments of others.  The older I get the less patience I have for structures – empty edifices that do nothing but to provide legitimacy for those who accomplish little. As Plutarch explains in the first paragraph of his Life of Alexander, he was […]

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UCHI KOMI

Uchi komi is an exercise whereby a clear opportunity to attack is presented to allow for repetitive and correct training to recognize an opening and to strike. In Aikiken, the basic uchi komi exercise opens with both uchidachi and shidachi in seigan no kamai.  Uchidachi then lowers to gendan to invite shomen and when shidachi […]

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(RE)FRAMING AIKIDO

Imitation may be the highest form of flattery but it is also a great way to learn.  The monkey-see, monkey-do teaching combined with an interpretive gloss is how most of us are taught.  Add physical manipulation and now you have a training method. In the Western tradition, the burden is on the teacher, even when […]

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