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You will often see an experienced uke tilt the head back then fling it forward to start a roll. The weight of the head adds energy to the roll before gravity kicks in and helps keep uke safe especially if nage did not provide enough energy on his own. Uke is rolling long before the first touch of the mat. (See Weigh Your Head on page 230). Eventually arms are not needed at all and become less for weight-bearing, more for simply feeling and sensing what is needed to keep their owners safe...

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Hence wounding energy decreases if we can increase time and area. - Increasing Time. If I take a bullet and touch it slowly to your skin, jbipW you aren't wounded because the marked reduction in velocity W P, means a marked increase in t. During falls, you slow down the contact by rolling into it or slapping the mat with your arm like a spring. Even fractions of seconds of increase in t significantly reduce wounding energy. Increasing Area. Suppose I take the same bullet and hammer it into a...

Matching Speed And Direction Aikido

Initial set-up and stance vary between styles and schools. At the Virginia Ki Society, shomen-uchi is essentially a katate-kosa-tori (cross-hand-attack page 146), targeting head rather than wrist. Uke starts in a stance opposite to where he will end to allow a step into the strike. This is often explained as attack the back foot. As George Simcox teaches, Attack nage's forward right foot with your right hand, that is Uke starts on LF simply to move into the attack, just like throwing a ball....

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Uses a 90-degree wrist bend and is applied to uke's relatively straight arm. Using the bent wrist as a crank, nage rotates arm and shoulder forward to the mat. Uke may counter by bending the arm and leading back with elbow, setting up for nikyo. Uses the N or Z bend in the arm that uke used to counter ikkyo. Works via compression and rotation of the wrist joint hand is held in place or rotated up while elbow is rotated down or dropped. Uke may counter by raising the elbow or by straightening...

Locks Throws

The secret behind the throws Physical principles based on gravity and movement from Center. Internal principles based on focus, calmness and relaxation. And Koichi Tohei's basic principles for the practice of Ki-Aikido. 1. Extend Ki. Extending awareness, attention, focus, intent, and goal. 2. Know your opponent's mind (intent). What exactly is it that uke wants to do We are controlled by what we want 3. Respect your opponent's '(energy inertia intent). Per the physics of Aikido, practice being...

Introducing Aikido

Aikido is a relatively new martial art dating from the I920's when its founder, Morihei Ueshiba (O-Sensei'), began to develop what he eventually came to call Aikidor Aikido can mean the way (do) to harmony (ai) with ki Aikido is rooted in the Japanese samurai warrior tradition and incorporates concepts from the Yagyu school of swordsmanship. It is also based M on Ueshiba's nearly 20-year study of Daito-Ryu jujutsu which was gentled and transformed by his attachment to the Omoto religion and its...

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Footwork L-R L-R L-R L-R or R-L-R-L-R-L-R-L As in zengo-undo, the point is to turn completely, to direct ki, mind, and attention strongly forward while remaining balanced and centered. The temptation is to leave your mind behind, to split your attention, to be overcome by second thoughts, regrets, the accumulated weaknesses of small failures. Continuing through a series of turns, nage may become increasingly unstable and fall backwards in response to a soft test to the chest,...

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Backwards and Forwards 125 Backwards and Forwards to a Kneel 126 Small Full Back Rolls 127 Back and Stand 127 Forward Rolls 128 Beachball Rolls 129 Horse Rolls 129 Upside-Down Rolls 130 Jo Rolls 130 Small Individual Forward Rolls 131 The 6-Count Rolling Exercise 131 Cross-Rolls 132 Standing Rolls 133 Standing Backward Rolls 133 Slow Standing Forward Rolls 133 Diving Rolls 133 Rolling in the Air 134 Rolling Games and Exercises 134 Rolling Tag 134 Minimum Maximum 134 50 Rolls 135 Break alls 136...

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If you aren't in Aikido for self-defense, why are you here A. Because there's more. When I was in my third year of theatre school we go a new voice teacher. He had individual sessions with each student to evaluate their voice work. I went in and did my best big, deep, full theatre-resonant type voice. Beautifully supported and all. He looked at me and said Well that's very nice Philip. What else can you do have kind of adopted that as one of my mottoes. Philip Akin, Aikido Yoshinkai Canada...

Weapons Tools and Toys

The techniques you learn in Aikido are not weapons. They are tools which can be used to save a life. If you use them as weapons, you will get cut by them. You will hurt somebody or get hurl. If you use them with virtuous intention, you will go right through the opposition. Istole this theory from 150 Japanese sword teachers. Terry Dobson, It's a Lot Like Dancing Aikido offers training in the traditional Japanese weapons sword katana or bokken and staff Jo, similar to the Old English...