Category Archives: Training – Aiki principles

Aiki studies – Yin yang

The concept of yin yang is typically associated with the practice of Chinese arts. However, it is also an important aspect of Aikido practice, particularly for those of us who seek to use our Aikido as a method of progressing to the … Continue reading

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Katadori kokyu nage – Its all in the sword

In the below video senior students from Aikido Warrior Dojo demonstrate one of the many versions of the Aikido technique katadori kokyu nage.  This particular application of kokyu nage relies heavily on aiki sword principles, including cutting and footwork skills … Continue reading

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Aiki principles – Koshi nage

In the below video Chicko Xerri Sensei (6th Dan AKI Aikikai) explores some of the fundamental Aiki principles underpinning koshi nage (hip throw) applications, including how to safely receive them. The demonstration applies koshi nage from a traditional attack whereby the uke grabs the wrists of the nage … Continue reading

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Learning from other martial arts – Jodan tsuki kokyu nage

Its always disappointing to read and hear martial artists criticise how each other train and make comparative negative assessments on the worthiness of differing Aikido schools and martial systems. Martial art bigotry of this kind has never had a place in our dojo and never will. We have had the … Continue reading

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“Creating a place to move” – Aiki principles for ushiro training

Ushiro in Aikido training refers to a broad set of attack forms whereby the uke attacks the nage from behind.  Examples of ushiro attack forms include: Ushiro Ryotedori: When attacker grabs both wrists from behind (see photo of O’sensei on right). Ushiroeri katatedori: … Continue reading

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Its marvellous what a difference atemi makes – Tsuki hiji nage

Tsuki zenpo nage is one of those techniques that for years had me baffled as to how it had any martial relevance  at all.  The idea that a strike or thrust by a uke to a nage’s abdomen could ever result in the uke being able … Continue reading

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Katadori ikkyo – Balance breaking

In the absence of full cooperation, an aikido technique can generally only be created if the uke’s balance is first broken.  This principle equally applies when responding to an attack in the form of a shoulder grab (Katadori). For many students, breaking … Continue reading

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