Congratulations to our new orange and yellow belts! We are so pleased with all the hard work everyone is doing while attending our online video classes. Even though we couldn't do regular demos, we are very excited to recognize the progress everyone is doing during the COVID19 shutdown. Keep up the good work, and you'll be black belts before you know it!
Thanks to the age of the Internet, I was able to see a series of videos from 1979 featuring Tomiki explaining various points of his Aikido. The fourth one in the series can be viewed here:
Unfortunately, I don't speak a word of Japanese. (Well, yes, my husband reminds me I love the words sushi and sake!) So while it was interesting to watch him in action, I had no idea what he was saying. Thanks again to the Internet, a friend sent me his notes on what was going on. This is not a direct translation, but it should help with understanding the points Tomiki is trying to make. Here's what my friend said:
"The advancing step of the uke will make contact as the hand makes contact.
Tori has the opportunity to step and step again in the same amount of time.
Two steps with a hand blade, to break balance of the uke. The timing is critical to regain complete balance at the moment the uke is begging to lose balance.
In the release form of honatsu no kata, Tomiki demonstrates that direction will not interfere with the hand blade form as long as two feet for the tori have advanced for every single step of the uke. The drill that's being presented is showing advanced methods of technique applied to the very basic movements.
Tsurigi is referenced 3 times (taizo) to articulate the straightness of centering with the hand blade. To maintain control of the uke's balance tori essentially focuses on moving with the hand in a straight line through from the hara.
Returning the grip: literal translation making return grip Nigiri kaeshi no tsukuri
I understand that the kuzushi (unbalancing) is applied at the moment of the grip placing the uke on 1 foot, causing them to release their grip at the moment you step and grasp them in return.
Applying the tegatana no kata principles of 2 for 1 step, this is the next piece of finesse.
Hiji Mochi (capturing the elbow)
Oshitaoshi uses this principle of capture with or without the butterfly grip, and maintaining hold. What do you do with the grasp at the wrist? If tori maintains hold, uke will resist and pull away in response. This is when tori advances to move with that pull. Uke is pulling tori behind and into the position to take control of the elbow from the back. There is some translation I'm lost in, but he references the use of 'skubioski <incorrect spelling> steps. Moving both feet while advancing with a hold on uke as they resist, continue moving into position until the elbow is captured.
It is unique to see a breakdown of how long it can actually take to get someone on the ground if your set on taking only one specific hold.
There is a segment where he uses a butterfly grip and a casting motion with the grasp. Simultaneously extending to separate the elbow and raising it into position, causing the uke to be "pulled" into tori."
Washington Governor Inslee’s Stay At Home Order has been extended. As such, the dojo remains physically closed until the mandates are lifted.
We are still here for our students!
Shinju Dojo Aikido is now offering private video lessons online. Each session will last thirty minutes and will be offered for at least as long as the shutdown lasts.
To participate in a session, you will need:
Our regular, paid students can schedule up to one session per week for free for the duration of the shutdown.
Those who are not already members of the dojo who wish to participate in long distance lessons can sign up for the discounted price of $25 per session. Sign up for 3 in a month, and get the 4th free! Billing will be done online and payments will be accepted by credit card.
Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or (360) 998-0749 for more information and to schedule your session.
Stay healthy and we hope to be back on the mat with everyone soon!
Heather and Roy Gawlick love Aikido and have a passion for sharing it with others. They hope you'll catch the Aikido bug, too!
Shinju Dojo Aikido Martial Arts School in Longview / Kelso, Washington