#41 Make a situation that the opponent wants to move  動きたくなる状況を作る


When you watch Judo games, you often see scenes that both players grab each other and show no big action. For people who have never experienced Judo, it seems like a slightly strange and boring situation.

This is because they are trying to reverse the force point and the action point by shifting the fulcrum of the lever at the moment when the opponent attempted the throwing technique.

Experienced Judo players are experts on the principle of leverage, so it is fun to watch their fine movements. Actually, if people with knowledge of skills take countermeasure seriously, it turns out that applying technique is not easy. It is fundamentally different from demonstration.

By the way, if you are not grabbed by the opponent, there is nothing better than that. Then, the one who entered behind the opponent is overwhelmingly advantageous.

In Judo and Karate, there is nobody who doesn't mind even if the opponent enters behind himself. It is because everyone will feel great fear instantly.

However, in Aikido, even if someone is behind, there is a tendency to wait for the other's movements. I think it is because there is no sense of fear, but it definitely needs to be careful.

By creating the situation that the opponent wants to move, there is a chance to break the balance of the opponent. It is one of the enjoyments of practice to create that moment.

Thank you for reading.

Related article: The principle of leverage

[ 相手が動きたくなる状況を作る ]








テーマ : 合気道
ジャンル : スポーツ

#40 Lost in Translation 隠された意味


At your Dojo, you always hear someone saying "Relax". Sometimes, it makes you feel like "Hey, I am relaxing. What do you want me to do exactly?" When beginners are asked to relax, they often become loose.....mmmm...

In Japanese Martial Arts, the meaning of "relax" will be slightly different from English translation. A basic way of saying of "relax" in Japanese is "Kata no chikara wo nuite", that mean "release tense from the shoulders".

To put it still another way, it can be said "for the purpose of keeping posture, promoting a focused power and making lower body move smoother, please relax the shoulders." Too long to say? That explains the hidden meaning of the words, indeed.

Let the shoulders drop, or settle in harmony with gravity, into their most comfortable position. Just slightly raising them will create tension, and this tension throws the nervous system out of balance.

I think that "relaxation" is a state of mind and body that doesn't feel tension or excitement.

Thanks for reading.

Related article: Martial Sense and Fighting Spirit

[ 日本語に隠された意味 ]



日本語での「リラックス」の意味は、英訳とは少し違ってきます。 日本語で「リラックス」を意味する言い方は「肩の力を抜く」となります。気を抜くことではありません。





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テーマ : 合気道
ジャンル : スポーツ

#39 Don’t copy a old master, copy when he was young  若々しく稽古しよう


The other day my daughter who has been learning Karate for 2 years visited Aikido practice. Her impression after the visit was very harsh.

She said "It seemed like that the old people were just talking to friends, and it also seemed that they just stretched the body and then the class was finished".

I wonder if I misunderstood how to raise a child....

However, since my daughter usually keeps practicing Karate with high school students and university students for 2 hours, I think that it would be unavoidable to have such impressions. Considering the difference in average age, I think it was the honest impressions.

What I care about her impression is that young people in Aikido look like old people during the class. In Aikido, the class is mainly focused on teaching techniques, and it is not really content to train cardio function and basic physical ability. Especially it is often recommended to move slowly to check own behaviour.

In addition, senior members try to cover the decline of physical strength by using skills and experience, and young members often imitate them. Therefore young members will look like old people.

Karate and Judo have objective evaluation data such as game results. There is a reality that you cannot compensate for your decline of physical strength by experience, and you cannot win the game when you get older. Therefore, they always emphasize the basic physical strength improvement.

In Aikido, we often forget such a reality. Or, are we neglecting the reality deliberately because we don't want to admit it?

In the Dojo, I think that it is ideal for everyone to practice with aiming to be 10 years younger than the actual age. 30 years old be like 20 years old, 40 years old be like 30, 50 be like 40, let's make yourself look younger and fresher with the intention.

Thanks for reading. Happy Easter!

[ 若々しく稽古する心構えの大切さ ]










テーマ : 合気道
ジャンル : スポーツ



初心者にも分かりやすく、理論的に基礎知識を説明します。なんとなく他人の動きを真似るのではなく、普段から考える力を育てていくことを目的としています。In this blog, I explain the basics in a theoretical way that is easy to understand for beginners. The aim is to help you to develop your ability to think, not to copy the movements somehow. Aikido is not magic. I will explain things that are not so clear, such as Ki and O-Sensei's philosophy.