#78 Message for beginners - 初心者へのメッセージ


Unlike semester schools, the dojos always welcome new members. Regardless of their experience, they quickly join existing classes and begin practicing techniques. As a result, beginners struggle to copy the movements of others and mistakenly believe that basic techniques are the foundation of Aikido.

Actually, the basic technique is only a technique, not a foundation. The foundation is the basic principles for practicing. I believe that good practice is a practice method that aims to develop the ability to think, not copy.

So, I offer a few basic principles that beginners should know before they start practicing the technique.

1. Prepare to be thrown:
In judo, they call it "Ukemi Hyappon" 100 breakfalls, and they don't teach throwing until the student first learns to take a solid break fall. Just as if you hit someone, you have to be prepared to be hit, so if you throw someone, you have to be prepared to be thrown. This message is simple. Do not throw others unless you are prepared to do it. Rather than doing 100 free-fall Mae ukemi, it is more meaningful practice to take 10 breakfalls.

2. Maintain contact:
There's a Japanese proverb that says, "Shinogi o kezuru" (push each other's swords = go head to head), and maintaining contact is important for sensing your opponent's movements. And most of the techniques of Aikido are based on the premise of the act of sword and sword striking each other. If the opponent doesn't have the ability to hold and control your sword (without grabbing), you can just slash him with one swing, and you don't need any technique. Anyone can grab the opponent's hand and hold it down. Instead, practice stacking hand-swords to prevent your opponent from attacking you. Understand the basic principles of contact and repeat the practice of maintaining contact.

3. Centre point of circle:
Aikido uses a lot of circular movements. The reason for this is to release the opponent's power in a tangential direction. Your brain predicts that if you push on the wall, the reaction will return kinetic energy, but it does not predict that the wall will suddenly disappear. In order to make use of this brain illusion, you perform circular motion, but the most important thing is to place the centre point in the right place. For example, you can shift your centre of gravity to the foot you stepped into and use it as a centre point for body movement. Most beginners step into the wrong position or have a misalignment between the centre point and the centre of gravity. Practice how to align the centre point with the centre of gravity instantly, and how to guide your opponent in a tangential direction.

4. Keeping in motion:
In Aikido, a person who stops and freezes is considered to be like a stone statue. If it's a stone statue, all you have to do is look at it from a distance. So you don't have to think about how to throw someone just standing there like a rock after the first attack at all. You can practice moving rocks using the principles of leverage, but it's pointless to practice throwing rocks, because "Uke" has the job to do. There should be proper kinetic energy even in a static practice, and if you lead it in that vector direction, the movement will be greater. "Uke" gives kinetic energy and "Tori" senses the direction of the vector and guides "Uke". In this way, you practice to keep the Uke's movement alive.

5. Mind wellness (Takemusu-aiki):
If the light is red, I beleive you will wait patiently for it to change to green, even there is no car coming. This is because you are aware that children are watching what you do. You think about the way others and the community are, rather than your own ego or selfishness. Aikido is the same. Aikido has a unique training method that prohibits matches, divides the students into "Tori" and "Uke" groups, and gives each group a role to play. Practicing for the joy of defeating your opponent is not O-sensei's aikido. His aikido is based on a different set of values than other martial arts.

Although there are other basic principles, you can practice according to them in a creative way. If you find that your regular practice is just copying techniques, remember the above philosophy and try to devise a training method.

Thank you for reading.

Related article: Picture of O-sensei

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1. 投げられる覚悟:

2. 接点の維持:

3. 円の中心点:

4. 動きを生かす:

5. 武産合気 Mind wellness:




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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.