Tuesday, December 02, 2008

There are no weapons in Aikido

According to Masatake Fujita there are no weapons in Aikido. Ahem...

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Aikido word: Shihan

Shihan: 師範 cosiste of the kanji:
  • 師 teacher
  • 範 model/example

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Aikido word: School 流

Pronounced ryu. Actually means stream or flow.

    • 古流 Koryu - old school/stream
      大東流 Daito ryu
  • Saturday, November 08, 2008

    Aikido word: Body 身

    Pronounced Mi as in Hanmi - 半身 , half body

    • 当身 Atemi - hit to the body
    • 受身 Ukemi - accept with the body

    Friday, November 07, 2008

    Aikido word: Knee Walking 膝行

    Knee Walking 膝行 pronounced Shikko. Consists of two Kanji:
    • 膝 knee
    • 行 action

    Monday, October 27, 2008

    About war

    Some Facts About Stalingrad
      1.In 1942 and early' 43, in the city, the sky was
          bleached bed-sheet white each morning.
    2.All day long, as I carried the souls across it, that
    sheet was splashed with blood, until it was full and     
                    bulging to the earth.
        3.In the evening, it would be wrung out and
        bleached again, ready for the next dawn.
    4.And that was when the fighting was only during
                         the day.                  
    -- "The Book Thief" by Markus Zusak 

    Sunday, October 26, 2008

    Aikido word: Founder 開祖

    The Founder 開祖, pronounced Kaiso. Consists of two Kanji:
    • 開 open/begin start
    • 祖 ancestor/patriarch

    Wednesday, October 15, 2008

    90% of the Aikido on YouTube and such, is rubbish.

    OK, I am exaggerating, it is 99% rubbish.

    Saturday, October 04, 2008


    How can you become soft until you discover that hard breaks easily?
    How can you reject violence without facing your own?
    How can you overcome fear without knowing fear?
    How can you declare victory over self without understanding self?

    You can not.

    Some say that Aikido is built on contradictions, how can martial be peaceful and non violent?

    Like this.

    Friday, September 26, 2008

    Suwari waza 5

    The founder executing suwari waza:

    Suwari waza 4

    The founder executing suwari waza:

    Suwari waza 3

    The founder executing suwari waza:

    Suwari waza 2

    The founder executing suwari waza:

    Suwari waza 1

    The founder executing suwariwaza:

    Tuesday, September 16, 2008

    The O in O Sensei

    There is an interesting discussion on Aikido Journal regarding the origin and usage of the term O Sensei. Here is an image from page 14 of Traditional Aikido vol. 5. Note how the "old master" and "present master" are juxtapositioned

    sho chiku bai in Traditional Aikido Vol. 5.

    from page 22:

    Friday, July 25, 2008

    A strategy advice

    "Never mud wrestle with a pig. You get all dirty and the pig likes it."

    Saturday, April 19, 2008

    Shime waza / Suwari waza

    The founder applying a shime waza.

    Wednesday, April 16, 2008

    Thursday, February 07, 2008

    Young Nishio Sensei

    - Saito Morihiro , Traditional Aikido, Vol. 2

    Monday, January 14, 2008

    Sala de Esgrima

    I guess that "SALA DE ESGRIMA" means "Fencing Hall". The two gentlemen with the double-handed swords in the foreground maintain a nice hanmi.
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