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Blog Profile / Mokuren Dojo

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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

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Junokata and the individual nature of kata

10 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

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

11 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

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

11 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

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

11 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

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?

11 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

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

11 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

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

11 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

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

11 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

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

11 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

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?

11 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

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

11 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

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

11 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

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

11 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

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

11 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

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

11 months agoMartial Arts / Judo : Mokuren Dojo

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

Dan Penrod tachidori

11 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

11 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

11 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

11 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

12 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

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