Aiki Insights episode 18

This episode is Part 10 of a series on the principle of irimi (entering). In it we explore the role of irimi in defending the lapel/shoulder grab (kata mochi) as a precursor to being punched:

  1. Further discussion of the principle of irimi and the counterintuitive nature of applying it: 00:20
  2. Exploration of the role of irimi in the application of irimi zuki, and the mechanics and the timing of the technique: 02:00
  3. Pressure testing the technique with full intention and permission given to uke to grab and punch shite with full force: 03:00
  4. Exploration of post irimi zuki options (if uke not unconscious) – 2 armbar options: 03:30

In these videos we aim to explore all things Aiki in a budo sense and delve into the concepts and principles that make this style of aikido such an effective martial art for self defence and self development.

The presenters are Ryan Slavin (5 Dan Yoshinkan Aikido, Shintō Muso Ryū Mokuroku, 2nd Dan Jidokwan Tae Kwon Do) and Lawrence Monforte (4 Dan Yoshinkan Aikido). Between the presenters they possess over three decades of martial arts experience. Both presenters are students of Mori Michiharu Shihan – the last uchideshi of Master Gozo Shioda (Kancho Sensei), the founder of Yoshinkan and direct student of O’Sensei.

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AIKI INSIGHTS EPISODE 15 OUT NOW FREE ON YOUTUBE

The conversation continues about Yoshinkan Aikido and martial arts more broadly. Thank you to Darren for Uke here as Lawrence is taking a break with 9 stitches in his finger.

This episode is Part 7 of a series on the principle of irimi (entering). In it we begin to explore the role of irimi in defending the lapel/shoulder grab (kata mochi) as a precursor to being punched:

  1. Discussion of the pitfalls of automation in training, not feeling what is coming back at you – not being aware of the consequential nature of your movement as shite: 00:30
  2. Exploration of the role of irimi in the nikajo movement to break uke’s posture and ability to resist: 01:00
  3. Exploration of the opportunities ope to shite after entering in on the 45 degree angle: 03:00
  4. Exploration of the role of irimi in the ikkajo movement to break uke’s posture and ability to resist: 03:40

In these videos we aim to explore all things Aiki in a budo sense and delve into the concepts and principles that make this style of aikido such an effective martial art for self defence and self development.

The presenters are Ryan Slavin (5 Dan Yoshinkan Aikido, Shintō Muso Ryū Mokuroku, 2nd Dan WTF Tae Kwon Do) and Lawrence Monforte (4 Dan Yoshinkan Aikido). Between the presenters they possess over three decades of martial arts experience. Both presenters are students of Mori Michiharu Shihan – the last uchideshi of Master Gozo Shioda (Kancho Sensei), the founder of Yoshinkan and direct student of O’Sensei.

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Aiki Insights Episode 12

This episode is Part 4 of a series on the principle of irimi (entering). In it we continue to explore the role of irimi in defending the straight kick or front kick (shomen geri):

  1. Timing and the line for the irimi (entering): from 00:45
  2. Full speed technique with intention to hit: from 1:40
  3. Discussion on the harmony element of this technique: from 2:00
  4. Explanation of the yonkajo osae on the tibia (inside leg bone): from 2:40
  5. Just going for it! from 3:40

In these videos we aim to explore all things Aiki in a budo sense and delve into the concepts and principles that make this style of aikido such an effective martial art for self defence and self development.

The presenters are Ryan Slavin (5 Dan Yoshinkan Aikido, Shintō Muso Ryū Mokuroku, 2nd Dan WTF Tae Kwon Do) and Lawrence Monforte (4 Dan Yoshinkan Aikido). Between the presenters they possess over three decades of martial arts experience. Both presenters are students of Mori Michiharu Shihan – the last uchideshi of Master Gozo Shioda (Kancho Sensei), the founder of Yoshinkan and direct student of O’Sensei.

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Yoshinkan Sunshine Coast Dojo Autumn Brewery Tour

A great day with the dojo community enjoying the local craft breweries of the Sunshine Coast in the biannual Dojo Brewery Tour: @brouhahabrewery @10toesbeer @10toesbeer @yourmatesbrewing @moffatbeachbrewing

The tour begins…

It was a special surprise on the bus to hear of a new arrival in the life of one of our members. Congratulations Ed on becoming a father!

On the bus

At Brouhaha Caloundra

Much discussion was had over a tasting paddle throughout the day. Beer and Sour connoisseurs swapping notes.

Decisions, decisions!

And the Donkey Hat goes to…

John was this tour’s official Donkey Hat recipient and received his award ‘graciously’ 🙂

Lunch at Your Mates Brewing Co.

Sampling the wares at 10 Toes Brewing Co. before heading back to Caloundra.

Our sincere thanks go out to Mike for his wonderful organisation of the day. Everyone had a wonderful time!

Aiki Insights Episode 11 – Irimi series part 3

This episode is Part 3 of a series on the principle of irimi (entering). In it we continue to explore the role of irimi in defending the straight kick or front kick (shomen geri):

  1. Explanation of the pitfalls if timing is not en pointe – from 00:45
  2. Explanation of the biomechanics of the technique after entering into the strike/kick – from 01:10
  3. Explanation of the line in which shite takes when entering, the specifics of the posture and the power generation – from 02:00
  4. Applying irimi zuki and testing it against full-out attack – from 03:00

In these videos we aim to explore all things Aiki in a budo sense and delve into the concepts and principles that make this style of aikido such an effective martial art for self defence and self development.

The presenters are Ryan Slavin (5 Dan Yoshinkan Aikido, Shintō Muso Ryū Mokuroku, 2nd Dan WTF Tae Kwon Do) and Lawrence Monforte (4 Dan Yoshinkan Aikido). Between the presenters they possess over three decades of martial arts experience. Both presenters are students of Mori Michiharu Shihan – the last uchideshi of Master Gozo Shioda (Kancho Sensei), the founder of Yoshinkan and direct student of O’Sensei.

EPISODES 9 & 10 OUT NOW AND FREE! Our first episodes of the new ‘Irimi Series’ (entering series):

Episode 9
Episode 10

Part 1 & 2 of a series on the principle of irimi (entering). In them we explore the role of irimi in defending the straight kick or front kick (shomen geri).

The presenters are Ryan Slavin (5 Dan Yoshinkan Aikido, Shintō Muso Ryū Mokuroku, 2nd Dan WTF Tae Kwon Do) and Lawrence Monforte (4 Dan Yoshinkan Aikido). Between the presenters they possess over three decades of martial arts experience. Both presenters are students of Mori Michiharu Shihan – the last uchideshi of Master Gozo Shioda (Kancho Sensei), the founder of Yoshinkan and direct student of O’Sensei.

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INSIGHTS FROM THE YOSHINKAN MASTER

I’d like to share a section of a book written by the founder of Yoshinkan Master Gozo Shioda (Kancho Sensei). For those who truly ‘study’ the art, this small extract from ‘An Aikido Life’ presents many treasures or points of gold as I would like to call them. Below is the reading in the left column, to the right I share with you some analysis and the take-away lessons.

Extract from ‘An Aikido Life’, by Gozo Shioda (Part 1)

The name of my dojo, “Yoshinkan,” is the same one my father, who loved budo, used when he built a dojo on his property. I have continued using that name ever since in his memory. Mr. Todo Kato, my grandfather on my mother’s side, took this name from the characters contained in the phrase “Gu o mamori kokorozashi o utsusazu mokumoku toshite sono kami o yashinau” (Cultivate your spirit silently never forgetting that you are but a fool) of the poem entitled “Saikontan.” That is the origin of the name.

I often hear people say that the Yoshinkan Dojo is a rough school. I believe there is a misunderstanding concerning this point. Among those who practice aikido there are those who wish to master the art, or to develop their minds and bodies through aikido, and also those who want to practice just to improve their health. There are young men and women, children and also elderly people. But in all cases, students of the Yoshinkan have to practice repeatedly in order to master the basics of aikido. They may use muscles they have not used for a long time or discover body movements they have never done before. Such people may experience a little pain until they get used to all these things. However, aikido without correct basics is not aikido. If you practice haphazardly just because it seems easier that way, you will not succeed in improving your techniques or your health. Since it is impossible to exaggerate the point that basics are what aikido is all about, we are strict in our instruction even of beginners in order to allow them to acquire basic technique from the outset.

It is important for those who wish to become experts or perfect their aikido to acquire a total mastery of basics. When you take a stance against an opponent, apply techniques or maintain your focus of attention after a technique (zanshin), these skills are all built on an understanding of basics and are necessary in order to defeat a strong opponent. I will explain later what aikido basics are, but for now suffice it to say that as you become experienced, you will be able to produce surprising force even in quick movements if you have naturally mastered basics.

Ueshiba O-Sensei said, “In aikido winners and losers are decided in a flash.” It is indeed so. Unless you overcome your opponent with a single blow, you cannot call your art a “budo.” Only when you adhere to basics can you defeat your opponent with a single blow.

Shioda, G., 2022. An Aikido Life, by Gozo Shioda: Part I – Aikido Journal. [online] Aikidojournal.com. Available at: <https://aikidojournal.com/2012/08/02/an-aikido-life-01/&gt; [Accessed 5 March 2022].

TAKE AWAY LESSONS:

Lesson #1 Humility

The first point I see in this reading is the humility needed to truly excel at this art or anything actually. If you pursue a goal for egotistical reasons and not for the benefit of others, then even if you achieve it, you will not have ‘cultivated your spirit’. You will have forgotten that you are a fool – not the grand person you may think you are!

Lesson #2 Everything is in the basics

Like everything in life, the key to success in anything is in continued and persistent practice of basics (solid base and balance; strong centre line in kamae and while in motion; connection maintained etc.). If you ever think you are ‘too good’ to go back to basics like kihon dosa, then you are lost! This is what has become of aikido in the world today. People are too hell-bent on doing what seems cool and not what is mundane, often boring, monotonous, and painful/tiresome. The ‘fluffy’ and seemingly ineffective techniques of many styles of aikido now are an example of this – not enough regular and repeated training in the basics. If you do not have a strong grasp on the basics, then you are not practicing aikido, you are practicing something else (often still called aikido unfortunately). When you are called on to ever use aikido, you need the body to recall the basics and apply them to whatever situation the world puts in front of you – be it a fight or some other physical and mental challenge.

Lesson #3 Aikido is martial (budo) first and foremost

Aikido was developed from Daito Ryu Aiki-Jujutsu as a martial art (budo) by Ueshiba O-Sensei, despite what some people may have made it into (bastardising the art). The Yoshinkan system has always stayed true to this ideal under Shioda Kancho Sensei and now continued and evolved by Michiharu Mori Shihan. It should be trained always with the intention to defend oneself in possible life-and-death situations, not sport-like competition. O-Sensei’s point about deciding ‘winners and losers in a flash’, is not for a medal or a title, but for your life (or the protection of another’s) and to perhaps take the life of someone if necessary. And the capacity to do this should be developed to the point where you are able to do this in ‘one blow’ as Shioda Sensei states. This is budo! And this is what we are tasked with continuing! If the seriousness of the training is lost or the basics are neglected, then the budo is diminished and the techniques’ effectiveness are also diminished. And it becomes very different to the ideal on which aikido was first developed. Aikido is not what you see in some dojos around the world and online: a slow-motion dance without substance. This is not O-Sensei’s art nor Shioda Sensei’s Yoshinkan style.

Aiki Insights – Episode 6 (atemi series part 4)

Episode 6 out now free:

The conversation continues about Yoshinkan Aikido and martial arts more broadly. This episode is Part 4 of a series on atemi (strikes). In it we explore the use of basic movement shumatsu dosa 1 as an atemi:

  1. The basic mechanics of Shumatsu Dosa 1: 1:00
  2. Basic movement Shumatsu Dosa as strike (atemi) to the solar plexus (suigetsu) to make Maai (distance) and control the situation: 1:30
  3. Basic movement Shumatsu Dosa as strike (atemi) to the leg in a kicking scenario: 4:00

In these videos we aim to explore all things Aiki in a budo sense and delve into the concepts and principles that make this style of aikido such an effective martial art for self defence and self development.

The presenters are Ryan Slavin (5 Dan Yoshinkan Aikido, Shintō Muso Ryū Mokuroku, 2nd Dan WTF Tae Kwon Do) and Lawrence Monforte (4 Dan Yoshinkan Aikido). Between the presenters they possess over three decades of martial arts experience. Both presenters are students of Mori Michiharu Shihan – the last uchideshi of Master Gozo Shioda (Kancho Sensei), the founder of Yoshinkan and direct student of O’Sensei.

Enjoy the conversation more by contributing respectfully in the comments and don’t forget to subscribe the the channel.

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Aiki Insights Episode 5

Episode 5 (P3) out now FREE!

The conversation continues about Yoshinkan Aikido. This episode is Part 3 of a series on atemi (strikes). In it we explore the timing and technique behind ‘attacking the attack’:

  1. The importance of posture and timing when taking the initiative pre-emptively in attack with shomen uchi.
  2. Attacking any straight attack with good posture.
  3. The importance of posture and timing when attacking the attack coming around at you.
  4. Applying the same principle to the hook punch (as any other round strike).

In these videos we aim to explore all things Aiki in a budo sense and delve into the concepts and principles that make this style of aikido such an effective martial art for self defence and self development.

The presenters are Ryan Slavin (5 Dan Yoshinkan Aikido and Shintō Muso Ryū Mokuroku) and Lawrence Monforte (4 Dan Yoshinkan Aikido). Between the presenters they possess over three decades of martial arts experience. Both presenters are students of Mori Michiharu Shihan – the last uchideshi of Master Gozo Shioda (Kancho Sensei), the founder of Yoshinkan and direct student of O’Sensei.

Enjoy the conversation more by contributing respectfully in the comments and don’t forget to subscribe the the channel.

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