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Blog Profile / Mokuren Dojo

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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

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It almost goes without saying (almost) that in the context of judo and especially in newaza, you cannot affect, much less control the other guy unless you are physically in contact with him. This disregards some special weird effects at a distance that are possible - but this guideline mostly holds. Show More Summary

Mere Jujutsu

C.S. Lewis writes in his book, Mere Christianity, about the intersection set between the various Chistian denominations - the common ground of belief upon which we can all can agree. Lewis proposes this "Mere Christianity" as a starting...Show More Summary

Ryuha descending from Kodokan Judo

I was chatting with Chad from Akari Dojo this weekend and I brought up an incident that interests me. In my club, we teach judo tachiwaza trying to end every throw that we can with ukigatame (floating hold - a.k.a. knee-on-belly). Then...Show More Summary

Broken rhythm is broken balance

How can you tell when you have someone off balance so that you can execute your technique? . We usually think about kuzushi as making uke lean to the edge of his base so that he has to recover or fall, but I think that is sort of a correlation-not-causation thing. Show More Summary

Kotegaeshi is a pain in the...ahem... wrist

For some reason, kotegaeshi has always been one of the 1-2 most onerous things to teach. Beginners to kotegaeshi are often scared of the elevated fall, which makes them tighten up and then their wrist seizes and it hurts more, whichShow More Summary

Junokata and the individual nature of kata

An interesting thing to note in Ju-no-kata - in the 6th technique - Kiri Oroshi (about 1:00 in the Miyake film, about 2:50 in the Abbe film) Tori evades uke's initial chop and grabs the arm. Then tori takes 2-3 steps forward to off-balance uke. Show More Summary

Be an enemy-whisperer

Halloween is probably the perfect time to talk about this idea, because everyone wants to be scary on Halloween. In fact, a lot of martial artists want to be scary all the time. Their tactics are designed to overwhelm the other guy with violence and cow them into compliance. Show More Summary

Intersection set aiki jo-jutsu

I could probably count the things I know for sure about jodo on 3 fingers or less. But in some ways, jo is falling into place for me - or perhaps I'm just starting to come to peace with the jo. I thought today I'd enumerate some of where I'm at in jo right now... Intersection-set jo - For me, aiki-jo and SMR jo and kenjutsu and etc... Show More Summary

Kito ryu probably gave us ashiwaza

Yesterday, when I posed the question, "What Koryu did the modern Kodokan ashiwaza come from?" I suspected I already knew the answer, but I wasn't sure. Nick reminded me that Nagaoka has been called "The inventor of modern ashiwaza,"Show More Summary

Where did Kano's ashiwaza come from?

The story goes that Kodokan judo was derived primarily from Tenjin Shinyo Ryu jujutsu and Kito Ryu jujutsu - with some interesting tidbits from a bunch of other schools thrown in. So, we watch some demonstrations of Tenjin Shinyo and...Show More Summary

Thoughts on my Kito connection

I mentioned before that I've managed to find a teacher with a certificate in Kito ryu. Apparently, sometime in the past he deliberately shifted away from teaching what he calls "the old stuff" to teaching a more modern aikido because he considered the older Kito-flavored aiki to be rough and abusive to his students. Show More Summary

Think out of the box by speaking out of the box

Because of this whole Conversation of Ideas thing, it used to be a requirement for admission to all grad schools to be proficient in languages other than your mother tongue. For some grad schools this is still a requirement. In someShow More Summary

Toward an Aiki Renaissance

Much of Tomiki's contribution to aikido was in the formation of rational, sequential teaching methodologies for getting beginners up to speed rapidly. He was teaching in a University setting and only had the students for a few yearsShow More Summary

The Conversation of Ideas

In a lot of ways, most of the aikido world has treated their art like a religion. That is, many instructors and clubs and organizations have been operating under the premise that they have the only Truth, the only REAL aikido - and that all outsiders are sadly ignorant or willfully wrong-headed. Show More Summary

Hanasu or musubi? Or both?

One of our first exercises that we do in our aikido classes is a set of 8 or so responses to wrist grabs. We have always called them "releases" although we are explicitly taught on the first day and reminded throughout our training career that we are not necessarily trying to make uke let go of our wrist. Show More Summary

Interesting phenomenon - the toe-jo conjunction

A while back I was talking with or watching a video of an aikido instructor - I can't remember who - might have been Nick Lowry or George Ledyard. Anyway, they were talking about a curious kinesthetic phenomenon in which people are able to extend their sense of proprioception outside their body. Show More Summary

Crawling man randori

This is one of my top three favorite forms of randori for the kids (the others are chicken tail randori and zombie attack). I particularly like this because the bottom man's objective is to not wrestle with the top man - rather to escape and flee to safety. Show More Summary

More on men suburi

Ok, I'm belaboring the point and I know it, but here's some more video examples of men giri - how to make a vertical downward cut with a sword. Last time we saw that there are some technical differences between men cuts done by different...Show More Summary

How to swing a sword

Time for another break from tachidori to look at uke's attack again. Uke is primarily doing vertical men cuts in the tachidori, so the question comes up, how do you make a proper vertical men cut? Turns out that it depends on who you ask. Show More Summary

Sugano tachidori shihonage

So, what does tachidori teach us (besides how to take a sword from a swordsman (yeah, right)? For one thing, it helps to show us what is the principle at the heart of various techniques. . This particular tachidori shihonage, for instance, yells at me, "Don't get stuck in the Junana/kihon form of the thing - that's not shihonage. Show More Summary

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