Part 2 of Shirata’s Essay: CONCERNING AIKIDO

Short Topic Introduction (Feel free to skip this if you read last week's) Due to the esoteric terms, analogies, and metaphors that Ueshiba Morihei commonly used in his lectures, many, if not most, of the individuals present at his lectures stated that they could not understand what it was he was talking about. These statements … Continue reading Part 2 of Shirata’s Essay: CONCERNING AIKIDO

UESHIBA MORIHEI – What “No One” Could Understand.

Due to the esoteric terms, analogies, and metaphors that Ueshiba Morihei commonly used in his lectures, many, if not most, of the individuals present at his lectures stated that they could not understand what it was he was talking about.  These statements were so ubiquitous, that it became commonly assumed, or common “knowledge,” that nobody could … Continue reading UESHIBA MORIHEI – What “No One” Could Understand.

Big News! IT’S COMING!!

Within the next few days I am planning on publishing an essay that will be revolutionary   in the world of Aiki arts!  This essay was published over a decade ago in Japanese, but is hardly known even in Japan. It was translated into English by Mr. Douglas Walker.  I served Mr. Walker in the … Continue reading Big News! IT’S COMING!!

The Problem of Recognizing Aiki

As you remember last . . .  Jean asked:  How can I see if someone has an aikibody and can you point to me someone on the net can demonstrate it ? I tried to answer that question with my post Aiki Body/Mind.  However, this week Jean asked:  Anyway what I am asking is what … Continue reading The Problem of Recognizing Aiki

AIKI BODY/MIND

Spanish Last week  Jean asked a terrific question: How can I see if someone has an aikibody and can you point to me someone on the net can demonstrate it ? I answered: Wow! What a great question!! I think I’ll try to answer that, to the best of my present ability, in my upcoming … Continue reading AIKI BODY/MIND

What I meant to say . . .

Spanish THIS IS NOT MY NEXT POST! There is an old saying that when it comes to motivation there is the "stick" approach and the "carrot" approach.  The "stick" is negative reinforcement.  That is, something negative (like getting hit with a stick) that will be removed if one accomplishes a goal.  The "carrot" is positive … Continue reading What I meant to say . . .

Wimps Gonna Whine! Winners Gonna Win!

Spanish Practice makes comprehension: Okay folks: Sokaku Takeda said, "Aiki is easy, don't teach it openly." Or, words to that effect. Sagawa Yokiyushi said, "Only smart people can learn Aiki." Ueshiba Morihei laid it out there for everyone . . . and? Crickets! Takeda thinks, "Aiki is easy." Sagawa thinks that if you cant learn … Continue reading Wimps Gonna Whine! Winners Gonna Win!

Back to Basics

Spanish Back Bow Okay, think about this . . . You know how opening and closing two appendages equally creates a central axis point in each appendage? Remember how, when combined with Aiki 1, rotation around this central axis point creates Aiki 2? Imagine multiplying that 24 times! That's a lot of Aiki 2 baby! … Continue reading Back to Basics

Training Torso Torsion Totally (Say it 5x fast!)

Spanish Sit in seiza. This locks the lower body to the ground. Turn the belly button to the right or left as far as you can. Check to be certain that your sternum is aligned with your belly button. DO NOT turn the sternum past the belly button!  (All life Aiki as we know it … Continue reading Training Torso Torsion Totally (Say it 5x fast!)

Back to Aiki . . .

 Spanish Let's review: (All that follow are derived from Ten (gravity), Chi (normal force), Jin (specific intent) Aiki #1: Linear co arising, mutually dependent oppositional forces Aiki #2: Aiki #1 revolving around a central axis, creating a circle Aiki #3: Aiki #1 and #2 with the addition of Torsion. Now let's see how this occurs … Continue reading Back to Aiki . . .