Tag Archives: Fudoshin

Aiki studies – Cross hand grabs

Opposite side one-hand hold wrist grabs are typically one of the first “attack” types taught to new students of Aikido.  The reason for this is that the less aggressive nature of the attack (compared to say a strike) allows the nage (i.e. the … Continue reading

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Aiki studies – Hip throws and ushiro attacks

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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Aiki studies – Balance breaking for shoulder grabs

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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Aiki Studies – Absorbing and redirecting an attack

In the below video Chicko Xerri Sensei explores some of the key Aiki principles and concepts for absorbing and redirecting an attack.  These principles and concepts include:  Waiting until the attack is fully committed before attempting to defeat it; Timing when addressing … Continue reading

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Aiki principles – Yokomen is shomen

In the below video Chicko Xerri Sensei explores the Aiki principles underpinning a yokomen strike or cut in Aikido practice. Yokomen is described in the Founders 2nd text, Budo (1938), as a “blow to the side of your partner’s head or down diagonally across (their) shoulder with … Continue reading

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Learnings from the sword – Dealing with shoulder grabs

A key aspect of our practice at the dojo is to use traditional sword movements to enhance and improve our unarmed arts.  Our practice in this regard incorporates the use of a wide range of bokkens including the shoto (short sword), suburito and Musashi oar. … Continue reading

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Aiki Studies – Gathering and releasing energy

In the below video Chicko Xerri Sensei explores the Aiki concept of moving off-line to gather and release the energy of an attack so as to diffuse and redirect it.  This method of addressing an attack was very typical of the Founder’s … Continue reading

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