Preparing for TDD #4

In the same way that TDD # 1 -3 teaches an individual how to rise up, half stand, and then stand, in a way that is quite counterintuitive and takes a significant amount of time to learn, it is necessary to teach individuals how to walk before introducing them to TDD #4.  In the following … Continue reading Preparing for TDD #4


Relating TDD to Technique

In the following video I demonstrate how the movements contained in TDD 1 and 2 relate to a common technique.  Hopefully one can begin to see how the movements can be present everywhere.  Try not to let your attention get caught in the kata.  Rather, look at the body movements trained in TDD 1 and … Continue reading Relating TDD to Technique

Relating TDD 2 & 3 to Push Training

In the following brief VLOG I relate the push training presented earlier to TDD 2 & 3.  After this, I will share how TDD 2 & 3 relate to a common technique to help reads relate the TDD to their training, before moving on to TDD 4 - 6. This video puts us at over … Continue reading Relating TDD 2 & 3 to Push Training

TDD #2 & #3 Push Training

This is the second in this three part series on TDD #2 and #3 push training.  In the third part I explain how this training directly relates to TDD #2 & #3.  After that I will give an example of how TDD #2 and #3 relate to the application of martial technique. True Aiki is … Continue reading TDD #2 & #3 Push Training

TDD #3 & 4: Push Training Intro

Hi everybody!  This is the first part of what will likely be three parts.  In the intro I introduce what we are working on, with some tips on how to, and how not to, do it.  Next, I will show you some push training ideas relating to this type of rotation.  In the last segment … Continue reading TDD #3 & 4: Push Training Intro

Cosmology Recap, Kokyu Intro

Hi Everybody, In this brief talk I attempt to quickly recap the basic structure of the Ueshiba's cosmology and its relationship to how he typically described Aiki, and how those two things relate to Kokyu.  I'm not going into depth, rather I hope to help readers understand how Ueshiba's cosmology, understanding of Aiki and the … Continue reading Cosmology Recap, Kokyu Intro

VLOG: TDD #1 Push Test Examples

Following a good ssuggestion, I am presenting some very basic push tests relating to TDD #1.  Here are some key points to keep in mind: Present your "weak line."  If you start with your "strong line" you will be emboldened to resist which is the very opposite of what is being trained.  Don't resist.   … Continue reading VLOG: TDD #1 Push Test Examples

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

Intro to the Studio

Hi Guys!  Below you will find a video with an introduction to the new True Aiki "studio."  This brings me one step closer to the official dojo shooting.  Thanks for Watching! Below is a sneak peek at where we are filming the Tandoku Dosa.  (If you look carefully you can see where I patched the … Continue reading Intro to the Studio