Going with the flow in Shodokan Aikido

As a young shodokan aikido kyu grade I remember a senior dan grade Sean Muhareem (Tanseikan Canada) saying ‘go with the flow, just go with it’, in his broad cockney accent! Often I recall this as one of my the penny has finally dropped moments. When I realized how to learn well. The concept of non-resistance has always existed in martial arts, win by better knowledge, skills,...

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Aikido

An excerpt from Competitive Aikido by the Japan Aikido Association Coaching Division. Looking back at the origins of aikido, Daito-ryu Jujutsu (later called Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu) was handed down within the Aizu clan from long ago. This was revived by Sokaku Takeda (1859-1943) who learned Onoha Itto-ryu kenjutsu (swordsmanship) from a young age and also studied Jikishinkage-ryu under the...

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Idoryoku to kuzushi in Shodokan Aikido

Using body movement to break balance. Idoryoku in its plainest definition is moving from one place to another. In shodokan aikido, its how effectively you move from one position to be able to apply techniques. Kuzushi is breaking balance, in aikido and judo this is essential to applying a technique. What usually happens in training: 1) the person applying the technique is supposed to win! 2) the...

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CPD in Martial Arts

Continual Professional Development. Why are we using a management/ teaching concept for martial arts. We manage our learning or someone else does and we are learning something, end of debate. As martial artist we should always aim to improve ourselves, regression is a bad habit which can be dangerous for those claiming to have skills. In the right environment, as in most dojos, there is a grading...

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Nurturing Talent

Shodokan Aikido has come  a long way in London since the 1980′s, when the likes of Phil Newcombe, Jim Newcombe & Scott Allbright were starting out (more dans among them than I would dare count!). Now a dan grade (black belt) doesn’t mean that you are ‘hard as nails’, although some people are. Phil Newcombe Sensei, has beaten cancer more times than I’ve won...

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The tanto in Shodokan Aikido

In the martial arts of kendo and iaido one uses a shinai (bamboo sword) for general practice. In shodokan aikido we use a tanto (short dagger). As in kendo and iaido, you have to train with a measure of safety hence the use of a soft sponge rubber substitute. The tanto is 30 cm long and made of sponge rubber enclosed in a black canvas cover. At one end it is covered with a white piece of material...

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