You’ll hear plenty of unfamiliar terms in the dojo, but this list will help, even if you know just a few.
Two or three months ago I built myself a tanren uchi. Afterwards I realised that I should have taken some pictures to illustrate how I did it so that I could write a brief “how to”, as I couldn’t find anything like this on the web when I looked before building mine.
When we first start training aikido it can all seem a bit overwhelming. There’s a lot to take on board & our minds are a little overloaded. Hopefully, these hints & tips will help to clarify things by removing some of the ‘noise’ (excessive thoughts & superfluous movements) that can distract you.
It is widely recognised that Aikido owes much of it’s development to kenjutsu – the art of the sword, but I like to think that we go further than simply using sword techniques. I like to think we become a living katana.
Learning how to received a technique is a much a part of aikido as performing techniques, and it’ll help you prevent injuries.
Ukemi – safely breaking your fall without injury – is a key technique, and one that beginners should focus on if they want to progress in Aikido.
Watch excerpts from Sensei Sargeant’s seminar in Reading in March 2014.
Jason explains the tricky process (at first!) of tying your aikido belt.