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URL :http://www.mokurendojo.com/
Filed Under:Martial Arts / Judo
Posts on Regator:1626
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Archived Since:March 5, 2008

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The Conversation of Ideas

10 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?

10 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

10 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

11 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

11 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

11 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

11 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

11 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

11 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

11 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!

11 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

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