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Offensive Technique in Aikido

SHOMEN-UCHI IKKYO is one of the most basic techniques in Aikido. It consists of gripping an attacker's arm with both hands and pinning him face down. This technique can, and is in a number of schools, performed in response to a straight overhead strike (S…
The general perception of Aikido is that it is a purely defensive martial art, and that there are no offensive techniques. In fact, Aikido is not so limited. As described in a… http://www.aikidocornwall.uk/blog/offensive-technique-aikido/

Levels of Technique in Aikido Training

Levels of Technique in Aikido Training There are four levels of technique in Aikido training. KATAI (rigid) YAWARAKAI (flexible) KI-NO-NAGARE (flowing) KI (spirit)
There are four levels of technique in Aikido training. KATAI (rigid) YAWARAKAI (flexible) KI-NO-NAGARE (flowing) KI (spirit) KATAI training is also known as KIHON (basic),… http://www.aikidocornwall.uk/blog/levels-technique-aikido-training/

Aikido is not a Martial Art. It is Budo

During a keiko Saito Hitohira sensei talked about Aikido training. He talked about being a good uke and what points you should remember : Aikido is not a Martial Art. It is Budo. When we practice Aikido we should not be competitive. We shouldn’t try to ho…
During a keiko Saito Hitohira sensei talked about Aikido training. He talked about being a good uke and what points you should remember.......... "When we practice Aikido we… http://www.aikidocornwall.uk/blog/aikido-not-martial-art-it-budo/

Choosing Partners by T.K. Chiba sensei

Choosing Partners, by T.K. Chiba sensei, 8th dan. It is always enjoyable to work with a partner you know and who understands you. He or she can be co-operative or even helpful to your particular problem at a given stage of training. It is, therefore, n…
It is always enjoyable to work with a partner you know and who understands you. He or she can be co-operative or even helpful to your particular problem at a given stage of… http://www.aikidocornwall.uk/blog/choosing-partners-tk-chiba-sensei/

Training with Chiba Sensei

The grand finale of each week at the Homb Tokyo was Chiba Sensei’s Friday afternoon class. The term “battleground” comes to mind, a battleground of emotion. This article describes the experience of being a part of the classes run by China Sensei.
The grand finale of each week at the Hombu Tokyo was Chiba Sensei’s Friday afternoon class. The term “battleground” comes to mind, a battleground of emotion. The emotional… http://www.aikidocornwall.uk/blog/training-chiba-sensei/

Atemi and weapons training...

Often I shall take up a bokken adopt seigan or yodan kamae and ask that uke attack me empty handed. However spirited he may be there is always a pause, an uncertainty in facing the sword unarmed. I have been told many times "do not fight the opponent F…
Often I shall take up a bokken adopt seigan or yodan kamae and ask that uke attack me empty handed. However spirited he may be there is always a pause, an uncertainty in facing… http://www.aikidocornwall.uk/blog/atemi-and-weapons-training/

Relations with other Martial Arts...

Relations with other Martial Arts.......... Aiki (as distinct from Aikido) is the origin of all martial arts. This is what the Founder of Aikido wished to express when he named his art takemusuaiki. However, it is important to note that the primordial…
Aiki (as distinct from Aikido) is the origin of all martial arts. This is what the Founder of Aikido wished to express when he named his art takemusuaiki. However, it is… http://www.aikidocornwall.uk/blog/martial-arts/

Saito Sensei's Teachings

Saito Sensei’s effectiveness as a teacher was indeed remarkable. And this was achieved without knowledge of the language of his students. His method of presentation consisted primarily of slow-motion pantomimes of the individual techniques with a minimum …
Saito Sensei’s effectiveness as a teacher was indeed remarkable. This was achieved without knowledge of the language of his students. His method of presentation consisted… http://www.aikidocornwall.uk/blog/saito-senseis-teachings/

What is the purpose of doing suwari waza?

What is the purpose of doing suwari waza? Should we not just be focusing on standing techniques? It’s practiced for the sake of tradition. It makes your legs and hips stronger. It’s a form of punishment. It gets you ready for fighting on the ground. Thes…
What is the purpose of doing suwari waza? Should we not just be focusing on standing techniques? It’s practiced for the sake of tradition. It makes your legs and hips stronger.… http://www.aikidocornwall.uk/blog/what-purpose-doing-suwari-waza/