Master Koretoshi Maruyama

Training notes: Tachi dori Shomen giri kaiten nage

In the below video Aikido Warrior Dojo seniors demonstrate the Aikido technique bokken tori shomenuchi kaiten nage.  The technique is demonstrated as a response to a downward strike to the head (shomenuchi) where the uke is armed with a wooden sword (bokken).

 

Have a great week.

Ian Grant
Head Instructor
Aikido Warrior Dojo

 

Training notes: Jo nage shiho nage

saito osenseiThe below video was recorded at a recent class at our dojo where we studied a form of Aikido practice referred to as jo nage.  In this type of practice the nage (i.e. the person applying the technique) is armed with a wooden staff (a jo).

The jo nage technique being explored is the traditional version of shiho nage (4 directions throw).  Both the omote and ura forms are demonstrated.

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

  • Jo nage shiho nage – more detailed look

saito_seiza_260For more detailed instruction the traditional form of jo nage shiho nage see the below a video of  Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002) providing instruction on the technique.

Saito Sensei’s practice of Aikido spanned 56 years and he is one of the most important teachers in Aikido history.  Saito Sensei was a live-in student of O’sensei for more than 20 years at his home dojo in Iwama, Japan.

 

Have a great weekend.

Ian Grant
Head Instructor
Aikido Warrior Dojo

 

 

Video compilation – Aikido Warrior Dojo class – 4 June 2016

A fun video compilation recorded at a class at our dojo on 4 June 2016.

Training notes: Munetsuki kokyu nage

osensei_03 (2)Traditionally kokyo ho (breath power) techniques were considered to contain the secret of true power in Aikido and were never taught publicly.  The Founder of Aikido, Master Morihei Ueshiba, included kokyu ho training in all his classes – a tradition that we also follow in our dojo.

In the below video, Aikido Warrior Dojo seniors are shown practising at ryutai level one of the many variations of munetsuki kokyu nage that are practised in our school.  Also included is recent footage of the Founder of Aikido Yuishinkai, Master Koretoshi Maruyama teaching the reitai level of the technique at a class in Japan.

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

  • Munetesuki kokyu nage – A kokyu ho perspective 

In the below video made by the London Aikido Club, munetsuki kokyu nage is examined from a traditional kokyu ho perspective.

The London Aikido Club studies the Aikido of Morihiro Saito Sensei and generously shares many of its teachings on the web.  Those interested in the study of traditional Aikido as taught by the Founder in the post war period of his life may wish to check out the London Aikido Club’s You tube channel.

 

All the best

Ian Grant
Head Instructor
Aikido Warrior Dojo, Brisbane

 

Training notes: Shomenuchi kaiten nage

In modern Aikido kaiten techniques are typically referred to as “wheel throws” because the uke is projected in a wheel like shape.  Traditionally, however, they were referred to as “open and turn” techniques.  In the text “Budo“, Master Morihei Ueshiba  describes kaiten as a turn and transform movement.

In the below video, Morhiro Saito Sensei demonstrates shomenuchi kaiten nage. 

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES

  • Technical instruction

In the below video produced by the London Aikido Club, Andy Hathaway Sensei provides instruction on technical aspect of the technique.

The London Aikido Club shares many of its teachings on the web.  Those interested in the study of traditional Aikido as taught by the Founder in the post war period of his life may wish to check out the London Aikido Club’s You tube channel.

 

  • Aikido Warrior Demonstration  

See below an informal practice session by Aikido Warrior dojo seniors experimenting with alternate applications of  shomenuchi kaiten nage including from hamni handachi (nage is kneeling) .  The recording was taken after a Saturday morning class.

 

 

  • Shomenuchi kaiten nage – Parrying

For detailed instruction on parrying and balance taking methods for shomenuchi strikes  see – Shomenuchi deflections methods.

  • Oher kaiten nage techniques

For training notes on other applications of kaiten nage see Video Library: Unarmed arts (by technique).  Technique groups (e.g. ikkyoirimi nage etc.) are ordered alphabetically.

Have a great week.

Ian Grant
Head Instructor
Aikido Warrior Dojo

 

Shomenuchi irimi nage – Aikido Yuishinkai

osensei kokyu nageIrimi nage (entering throw) techniques are practised in all Aikido dojos, though the form may differ depending on stylistic preferences. 

Shomenuchi irimi nage is a particular form of entering throw intended to be used to address a downward strike to the temple (shomenuchi). The technique has a long history in Aikido practice and has been part of the Art since its beginnings.  The technique for example features prominently in Master Morihei Ueshiba’s 2nd technical manual – Budo (1938).

In the below video Master Koretoshi Maruyama, Founder of Aikido Yuishinkai, demonstrates and provides instruction on shomenuchi irimi nage as practiced that school.

 

ADDITIONAL NOTES 

  • Shomenuchi irimi nage – Maruyama Sensei World tour 2012 

The following video was recorded at the 2012 Aikido Yuishinkai International Seminar held in Rotterdam. In the video, Maruyama Sensei provides instruction on additional aspects of shomenuchi irimi nage, including the mental intent element on the entering (irimi) aspects of the technique.

 

  • Shomenuchi  irimi nage – “Budo” version

336890In the below video Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002) provides instruction on the traditional version of  shomenuchi irimi nage as shown in O’Sensei’s (the Founder of Aikido) 2nd manual “Budo” (1938).  Notably, in the “Budo” version, the nage does not take a second step to the rear in the final part of its execution.

 

  • Shomenuchi irimi nage – Traditional ki no nagare version

In the below video Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928-2002) provides instruction on the traditional ki nagare version of  shomenuchi irimi nage as practised by O’sensei in the 1950’s.

For further information and videos dealing with the traditional versions of shomenuchi irimi nage see: Training notes: Shomenuchi irimi nage (traditional applications).

Ian Grant
Head Instructor
Aikido Warrior Dojo

“Free Wielding Sword” (Bokken Kata 2) – Aikido Yuishinkai

In the below video Master Koretoshi Maruyama, Founder of Aikido Yuishinkai, gives a demonstration of one of the three major bokken katas practised in Aikido Yuishinkai  – “Free Wielding Sword” (Bokken Kata 2).  For further detail on key aspects of the kata see videos in the “Detailed Notes” below.

 

DETAILED NOTES

  • Overview of kata

 

  • The first four cuts

 

  • Kyu and ju cuts

 

  • Ju san and ju hachi cuts

 

  • Ju roku cut 

 

All the best

Ian Grant
Head Instructor
Aikido Warrior Dojo