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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

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Dan Penrod tachidori

10 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

Now this is a beast of a whole different color! I really like this the best of any of the tachidori videos that I've posted this week. This aikidoka has a lot to commend his performance... Tori is much smaller stature than uke - he is...Show More Summary

Chris Mulligan tachidori

10 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

More tachidori - much the same, but in this presentation you can see a couple of things more distinctly than in some of the other videos. This Aikidoka, for instance has a nice irimi with a gesture across uke's face indicating whereShow More Summary

Men - the vertical cut

10 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

One of my practice principles at Mokuren Dojo is that if we make uke better then tori will have to become better. I think it's a good thing for folks to take some boxing or karate, and if it's available, some kendo or kenjutsu, because...Show More Summary

Hitohiro Saito tachidori

10 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

This is Morihiro Saito's son, Hitohiro Saito demonstrating the Iwama tachidori. Again, this is much the same as the previous tachidori films - I guess that is to be expected because there are only so many plausible options when uke has a 3-foot razor-sharp knife. Show More Summary

Saito tachidori

10 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

Here is another very nice take on tachidori from Morihiro Saito. These are much the same as the tachidori and jodori that Tomiki taught. In fact, it's kind of interesting and surprising how similar these two sets are technically because...Show More Summary

Laser-focused autumnal tachidori

10 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

We have a small dojo space with limited headroom, so almost all of our long weapons practice (bokken, jo, etc...) is done outside on the driveway or lawn. The only problem is it is usually scorching hot and 100% humidity outside in the...Show More Summary

Mutual benefit with undesirables

10 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

Most folks in judo pay some lip service to Kano's two ideals - as if they are mottoes that we are supposed to recite at the beginning of class and then never think about again. . NO! Kano actually intended to create an ever-increasing...Show More Summary

Kano's two ideals for judo

10 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

Jigoro Kano (Founder of Judo) had two ideals upon which he based Judo. Jita Kyoei - You and me get better together. Seiryoku Zenyo - Make the best use of your power. Of course, Japanese is notoriously hard to translate literally, so those are loose translations. Show More Summary

A society of guilt

10 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

A funny thing happened to me this morning. Funny strange, not funny ha ha. . I was eating breakfast in the cafeteria at work. My typical breakfast is usually something like a veggie sandwich from Subway or some yogurt with raisins and...Show More Summary

Reading the dictionary

10 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

"Okay class, today we're going to read through the dictionary again, just like we do every day!" . "Wooohooo! Yippee! Thanks, Teacher! We love you!" . We often compare the process of learning aikido to that of learning to write. We start...Show More Summary

Dockery's Aiki Secrets

10 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

William B. Dockery's book, Aiki Secrets: Six Precepts and the Dynamic COB is one of those books with a presumptuous name - but unlike some, this one really delivers a ton of material to think about and work on - particularly for the Tomiki Aikido practitioner interested in finding the elusive magical aiki in aikido. Show More Summary

Hang on and be dragged to death!

10 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

I remember coming up through the ranks trying to learn the next technique and the next kata and the next thing and frequently being frustrated because the targets seemed to be constantly shifting. Our instructor would go to a clinicShow More Summary

Katsujinken and polishing the fire engine

11 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

Some years ago I heard someone at church refer to apologetics without evangelism as being like spending all your life polishing and maintaining a fire engine but never using it to put out fires. . Similarly, we like to claim that we train martial arts so that we never have to use them. Show More Summary

Koshiki and Ju - brothers from another mother

11 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

I don't have the exact quote because I don't have the book in front of me, but last time I read Keiko Fukuda's Ju-no-Kata book, I was struck by her statement that she didn't ever understand Ju no kata until she had years of experience...Show More Summary

Koshiki is king of context

11 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

We learn most of our domains of knowledge outside of meaningful context. For instance, we learn to sing our ABCs long before we are taught the rules that make those letters work together to cue us to make sounds that make others think about trees or tables or whatever we are talking about. . We do this in aikido too. Show More Summary

Prices and Services at Mokuren Dojo

11 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

People are always asking me what I charge for various classes and services here at Mokuren Dojo and I'm always having to re-write or re-explain, so I figured I needed a price sheet to post here at the blog. It's pretty straightforward... Dues...Show More Summary

Watakushido, grounding, and the aikido ghetto

11 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

Yesterday I stated that martial artists should feel free to take ownership of their artform and their practice. Take what the old dead guys did and tear it apart and rework it and refit it and make it your own thing that works for you. Show More Summary

Tachi-tai-tachi and permission

11 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

I'm getting ready for the 2013 Aiki Buddies Gathering this weekend and I've been reviewing Koryu Dai San (Sankata). Looked up some films and found this thing that I'd seen before and categorized in my mind as curious and hadn't thought...Show More Summary

Tomiki's solo taiso for judo and aikido

11 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

For the past couple of weeks, some of my blogging buddies have been helping me beat to death our footwork and coordination exercises that Tomiki gave us. Alternately named judo taiso, tandoku renshu, unsoku and tegatana dosa, or tegatana...Show More Summary

The Walk - 12 - yoko omawashi

11 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

Last (and yes, least), here is a video of yours truly doing The Walk. Sure, it's not a great video - none of my videos are great productions, but you can tell that I'm a really tough guy because you have to be tough to wear a shirt that...Show More Summary

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