Category - Aikido Training

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Disarming A Swordsman
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The Value of Slow Movement with Awareness
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Ki Aikido Does Not Breed Serious Martial Artists!
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What to do when it doesn’t work!
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The Evolution of Aikido
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Morihei Ueshiba Osensei #1
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Morihei Ueshiba Osensei #3

Disarming A Swordsman

 

Master Kataoka disarms his otomo or assistant, Kobori Sensei with a whack on his bokken at a seminar in Cairns, Australia in 2007.

Such a disarm must be done with complete relaxation & focus. Achieving everything by “Doing No-thing.”

 

The Value of Slow Movement with Awareness

Ki Aikido is totally about awareness and directed attention – and it can be practised slowly. I personally practise movements slowly and then only speed up later when going for a workout or ‘realistic’ speed. Now, I will appreciate the slow work even more!   http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/body-sense/201007/slow-movement-awareness-better-exercise

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Ki Aikido Does Not Breed Serious Martial Artists!

A quality probably unique to Ki Aikido dojos (I didn’t observe it in dojos when practising Karate, Wing Chun and even other styles of Aikido. -ed) is that there is a lot of laughter & smiling on the mat. This comes out naturally when one is relaxed and calm and natural. We study Plus Ki[…]

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What to do when it doesn’t work!

If you ever run into a problem with a technique and cannot make it work, return to the 5 Principles of Ki Aikido; for sure, you will not be doing one or more of them. If you still can’t work it out, use Principle 6: Ask progressively higher level Senseis ’til you get an answer!

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The Evolution of Aikido

This footage, taken towards the end of Osensei’s life, shows just how much it had evolved over the many decades. It has obviously reached a stage of complete mastery of timing, distance, unification of mind and body and the utter ability to lead others’ Ki . Of course, the philosophy of love and protection is[…]

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Morihei Ueshiba Osensei #1

“Always practise Aikido in a vibrant and joyful manner.”   One of the great things about Ki Aikido (in particular) is this attitude of light-heartedness. Tohei Sensei’s dojo in Tokyo was always very lively and full of good humour. The instructors all had great senses of comic timing and would often have the class laughing.[…]

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Morihei Ueshiba Osensei #3

“Day after day Train your heart out, Refining your technique. Use the One to strike the Many! That is the discipline of a Warrior.” Just what exactly did Osensei mean when he said ‘train your heart out?’ From my experience with high level masters, it means to me an intensity in the moment. That intensity[…]

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