Tandokudosa #3 Vlog

Well after three days of the flu this wasn't my best representation of TDD #3, but it is done and out! This video put us at almost 50% of my media storage capacity.  If you haven't already, please consider making a donation, or better still, pledging  on Patreon.  So far we have gone from a … Continue reading Tandokudosa #3 Vlog


Tandokudosa #3 Vlog Introduction

For Tandokudosa #3 I've split it into two parts.  In this Vlog I review how TDD #0 - #3 correlate to Aiki #1 - 3.  I also give a view tips and reminders for the practice of TDD #3. A big shout out to the supporters of TrueAiki.com.  Your generosity is working to improve the … Continue reading Tandokudosa #3 Vlog Introduction

Tandokudosa #2 VLOG

Here is Tandokudosa #2 with a brief review of TDD #0 and TDD #1. A big THANK YOU to my Patreon supporters for the new lighting.  I was able to get a great deal on a professional lighting set off of Craigslist. Next up:  Tandokudosa #3 VLOG, and a blog explaining why, and how, Ueshiba … Continue reading Tandokudosa #2 VLOG

Tandokudosa #1 VLOG

Below is my first "feature length" VLOG presentation.  It is the product of many, many hours of learning and work on my part.  As I roll these out, hopefully the process will become easier and more streamlined. My posts tend to be information dense.  This is largely due to the fact that I am trying … Continue reading Tandokudosa #1 VLOG

The Paradox of Training Aiki and the Solution

One cannot Aiki without producing Aiki. One cannot produce Aiki without having trained Aiki. As a consequence of this being true, one often hears phrases such as, “Just use Aiki.” This is akin to saying, “Just do things correctly. Anything other than correct is wrong.” Of course, if one could “just use Aiki” or “just … Continue reading The Paradox of Training Aiki and the Solution


To prepare for TDD #1, let us study Asagao 朝顔 あさがお. Most Aiki folks think of Asagao as a hand posture. It is so much more than just a hand posture. The first character "asa" means morning, and the second character "gao" means face. In the West the flower is known as "Morning Glory." First, if … Continue reading ASAGAO

Solo Body Movement Exercises: Outline

The general idea on the thirteen TDD is to introduce the elements of Aiki and then also show how these integrate with the basic body movements of Daito Ryu/Aikido. The TDD also offer a “lab like” environment in which to work and develop both Aiki and Aiki in basic body movements.  It's useful to train … Continue reading Solo Body Movement Exercises: Outline

Vlog: Squatting on the Grand Tetons

Here is a short video featuring me doing a "box squat" on top of the Grand Tetons.  It is quick but it should give a brief idea of what my version of a box squat looks like.  I'll likely post another Vlog at some point with more detail explaining where forces are going, what rotations … Continue reading Vlog: Squatting on the Grand Tetons

Beebe Brains 8/2/2017

Many of you don't know this, but Superman and I have something in common.  Yes, it is true! Super man and I both wear tights!  Now I know he likes to were his underpants on the outside of his tights while I like to were mine close to my person, but tights are tights! And … Continue reading Beebe Brains 8/2/2017

Tandoku Dosa: An Introduction (Part 1)

What are Tandokudosa? What is the purpose of Tandokudosa? Tandokudosa translates as “solo body movement exercise.” By definition Tandokudosa (TDD from now on) are any exercise done without a partner. So, these movements can be both empty-handed or full, but they must be practiced solo. Shirata Rinjiro created many series of TDD. There are more … Continue reading Tandoku Dosa: An Introduction (Part 1)