Saturday, September 12, 2009
In this video Saito Morihiro sensei does just one thing - Irirmi. For just under two minutes. And his is utterly fierce. The video was shot by Stanley Pranin of Aikido Journal. The ukes are Bruce Klickstein and Shigemi Inagaki. Towards the end Inagaki runs into some trouble with his ukemi (lands on his shoulder) and rolls off the mat. Klickstein's ukemi is wonderful throughout.
Thursday, August 06, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
There are two useful assumptions to have during Aikido; the assumption of a weapon present and the assumption multiple attackers. This is different from actually dealing with a weapon (e.g. tanken dori) or handling multiple attackers. This is about training with a single unarmed uke without creating an opening for a use of a hidden knife and maintaining awareness in all directions. I believe that both are present in the Iwama kihon training.