A BRIEF HISTORY OF AIKIDO

The name aikido is formed of three Japanese characters, usually romanised as ai, ki and do. These are often respectively translated as meaning union, universal energy and way, so aikido can be translated as ‘the way to union with universal energy’ or...

Aikido "Knife Techniques"

Aikido “knife technique” click here to view video.Hmmmm. There is a lot of debate as to the effectiveness of the tanto techniques in Aikido.Many practitioners, especially those following Tomiki-style practice would argue that the knife-taking techniques...

UKEMI – THE TRUTH REVEALED!!

From a truly inspired website and accompanying book “The Art of the Exploding Pen”, which I can’t recommend highly enough www.fudebakudo.comThanks for taking the time to read this blog, and I hope it makes you want to find out more about Aikido...

13 movement Jo kata

click here for free video clip of the 13 count jo kata. NB: This kata can be performed with many breathing combinations ie: breath on every movement, one breath every other move and developed until one can perform the entire kata in one exhalation. Movements 8 &...

How To Tie your Obi (belt) properly

The bane of many instructors lives is seeing the various scrappy belts hanging like dead snakes around beginner’s waists. A wrongly tied obi (belt) is not only untidy to look at but can be dangerous.Click here to download or view the guide.NB: This guide is in...

BLOODY AWFUL JOKE OF THE DAY #5

In the beginning there was nothing.God said, ‘Let there be light!’And there was light.There was still nothing,but you could see it a whole lot better.Thanks for taking the time to read this blog, and I hope it makes you want to find out more about Aikido...

BLOODY AWFUL JOKE OF THE DAY #4

How many Aikidoka does it take to change a lightbulb?TWOOne to change the bulb and one to stand around and say how Foster Sensei did it last year at summer school…Thanks for taking the time to read this blog, and I hope it makes you want to find out more about...

A quick look around inside Iwama Dojo

For those of you who have never been lucky enough to go inside the Iwama dojo in Japan, here is a sneaky look….Thanks for taking the time to read this blog, and I hope it makes you want to find out more about Aikido www.aikido4beginners.co.uk