You are using too much power. You lost the contact. Enough. No more. I guess you can hear that many times when you are in an Aikido training, especially in a beginner class (well… I know most of us are beginners, shodan is a new beginner level, is that correct?). In one training, when doing […]
Is that confusing you? A video from Shibata sensei shows a way to give no information at the contact point. And more, if you are digging deeper 🙂
Learning to relax when practising Aikido is important. I never thought using a knife for relaxing, until I was taught by my teacher at Sentrum Aikido.
We talk a lot about the contact point in Aikido. It helps both partners to read each other. But a grip is… not just a grip. The key is the palm contact point, at least to my Aikido knowledge up to now. In training, one of my teachers, Birger Sørensen, always emphasizes the palm contact […]
When saying about sword or knife, many people think that those weapons are dangerous. Of course, they can be used for killing. However, imagining that you are tied to a chair, and someone rescued you with a sword. That sword brings life to you again. An obvious example. When I was in Frankfurt last month, my […]
Stiff vs. strong. When I restarted Aikido last year, I was very stiff. One of my friends at Sentrum Aikido in Oslo, Renate, was “mad” with me, when I hold her too hard, and didn’t “read” her movement. Of course, she was not shouting at me 🙂 She just let me feel and told me after […]