Aikido Articles

Aikido Articles. Stories. A collection of Aikido and Budo articles written by various authors. This Section is full of useful and interesting background information such as the Japanese names of techniques and much more! ...

Black Belt 'To Go'!

Today, we live in a society where everyone has to have everything NOW! Gone are the days when people would scrimp and scrape their pennies and pounds together in order to buy something considered a luxury by today's standards...

CRB - Common Sense RIP Today

I'd like to pay tribute to a dear old friend of ours, who we will remember with deep fondness and great memories...

Failing a Grading

It doesn't matter whether you are a White Belt or a senior Black Belt – failing a grading is an extremely painful experience. If you are an instructor, seeing your...

The Five Tenets

Firstly, let me start by asking you to think of the five Tenets. As a WTF Taekwondo practitioner, they are: Etiquette, Modesty, Perseverance, Self Control, Indomitable Spirit, with our ITF cousins using Courtesy...

Working With Children

Let me ask a question to those of you Black Belts who have "pushed the boat out" and set up your own children's class...

Hakama Pleats - Meaning

The meanings of the hakama pleats vary depending on the source. There are also differences of opinion as to how many pleats should be counted with five being more common than seven...

Aikido - Giving and Receiving Energy

Aikido is an amazing martial art that was founded by Master Morihei Ueshiba (1883-1969). He was one of the greatest martial artists who ever lived, and also a man of peace. He taught that there is always a way to blend with an attackers energy and take control of difficult situations...

Aikido - The Power of Ki Energy

There are many different ways you can use ki energy in the martial and healing arts. These range from the practical physical aspects used to control an aggressor, all the way through to the esoteric healing arts...

Aikido - The Way of Harmony

Aikido is an original martial art which is not competitive or violent. The techniques do not require physical strength or aggressive spirit and can be practised by people of all ages...

Aikido in Everyday Life

The modern martial art from Japan called Aikido is often referred to as the “art of peace” because it espouses a quick peaceful end to any form of aggression. In the practice place of Aikido, usually called dojo, students will be able to learn about flexibility and adaptation. Both of these are results of a relaxed manner that Aikido students strive to embody...

Founding Principles of Aikido

Aikido means “The Way of Harmony with the Spirit" and is considered a non-violent form of martial art. However, don't be fooled. Aikido when used correctly is very powerful...

The Power of Aiki Principles

Principles are the key lessons you will learn from any study or activity you take part in. If you get too bogged down in the details you will overload your system, which stops you from having a positive experience...

The Sixteen Styles of Aikido

The major styles of aikido each have their own Hombu Dojo in Japan, have an international breadth and were founded by direct students of Morihei Ueshiba. Although there has been an explosion of "independent styles" generally only the first five listed have been considered major. Iwama Ryu is a debateable sixth as, although its influence is major, it has until recently been part of the Aikikai...

The Three Purposes of Ukemi

A good place to start in thinking about and discussing the topic of ukemi is an exploration of the purpose of ukemi. In general ukemi has three roles: creating a situation for the nage to practice, protecting yourself as you take falls, and finally learning about aikido through taking ukemi. They say that “ukemi is 50% of Aikido” and that doesn’t just mean the time you spend in that role, but also the depth and principles involved...

Ukemi A Common Thread Joining Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Techniques and Aikido

Ukemi is the art of falling or being thrown and is an integral part Brazilian Jiu Jitsu techniques and those of Aikido...

Using Aikido in Combat

The objective of this is for the person to be able to the various techniques with the least amount of effort unlike before. This will give the person enough energy in combat should there be more than one opponent...

Making International Relationship with Aikido

I have studied English at the Defence School of Languages (DSL) in the UK since April 2010 because I was ordered to study in DSL and Joint Service Command and Staff College (JSCSC). In this essay, I will describe how Aikido, which is my hobby, was useful for developing my English. I realized that Aikido could be a source of Japanese Soft Power. Soft Power can be defined simply as a force which can attract another person strongly...

Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu

Aiki-jujutsu is a form of jujutsu which emphasizes "an early neutralization of an attack." Like other forms of jujutsu, it emphasizes throwing techniques and joint manipulations to effectively control, subdue or injure an attacker. It emphasizes using the timing of an attack to either blend or neutralize its effectiveness and use the force of the attacker's movement against them...

Aikido Techniques

Tachi-waza - both tori and uke standing. Suwari-waza - both tori and uke sitting. Hanmihandachi-waza - tori sitting and uke standing. Kansetsu-waza - joint or pinning techniques. Nage-waza - throwing or projection techniques. Atemi-waza striking or hitting techniques. Jiyu-waza - free-style attack and defense with two or more attackers. Ushiro-waza - techniques applied to attacks from the rear...

Commands in Aikido

Joseki ni rei - Bow to the high section of the dojo, Otagai ni rei - Bow to each other, Ritsurei - When you step on the mat, bow slightly in the direction of the kamiza (in normal standing natural posture), Hai - I understand...

Counting in Japanese

Learning to count in Japanese is really quite simple, and since these commands are used often, and repeated over and over again, at least up to the number ten, you are bound to catch on quickly...

Morihei Ueshiba Quotes

Everyone has a spirit that can be refined, a body that can be trained in some manner, a suitable path to follow. You are here to realize your inner divinity and manifest your innate enlightenment...

Postures in Aikido

Ai-hanmi - Opponents face each other in same postures, Gyaku-hanmi - Opponents face each other in different postures, Hidari-hanmi - Left natural posture, Migi-hanmi - Right natural posture...

Ranks, grades and belts in Aikido

Ikkyu - 1st kyu (Brown belt), Nikyu - 2nd kyu (Blue belt), Sankyu - 3rd kyu (Green belt), Yokyu - 4th kyu (Orange belt), Gokyu - 5th kyu (Yellow belt)...

Small dictionary of aikido terms

Aikido terminology is in Japanese. It's "all Greek" to the beginner, but after a while, we all learn most of it. Here is a comprised dictionary of aikido terms, with short translations/explanations...

The History of the Samurai Sword

The sword that seem to have been in general use during the Jokoto period (prior to 800 AD) are of the strait type, single or double edged and poorly tempered. There seems to be no standard design, they vary between two and four feet in length, and their common feature is the fact that they are all slung from the waist by cords, and used with a stabbing action. Historical evidence suggest that they were made by Chinese and Korean smiths working in Japan, as well as native artisans...

The Jo staff in Aikido

The Jo is made of hardwood and averages about 50 inches in length and 7/8 off an inch in diameter. It is round or octagonal in cross section. These dimensions are not critical to the techniques, but for practice with a partner, a staff of standard length is desirable and for practice alone, staff long enough to pass just underneath your armpit when standing is adequate...

Tiger Balm Recipes

Relieves sore and overworked muscles. Muscle Balm or Sports Rub should be rubbed into the affected area. The warmth from the natural ingredients will relieve muscle soreness and stiffness. It is greaseless and non-staining...

No Sen explored - (Aikido timing)

Go no sen / sen no sen / sensen no sen These three terms refer to the different kinds of timing used in dealing with an attacker in budo training...

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Aikido is a modern Japanese Martial Art and is very different from disciplines such as Karate, Kick Boxing, Taekwondo, Kung Fu, MMA, BJJ, Kempo and Krav Maga where there is emphasis on kicking, punching or wrestling.

Aikido is an extremely efficient self defence (also as Self-Defence Women London) system utilising balance-taking and posture-breaking movements to achieve joint locks, pins and throws. It contains elements of Ju Jitsu, Kendo, Judo and other budo.

Aikido Classes are held every Tuesday and Wednesday evening at our Harrow dojo, and Thursday evening at our Pinner dojo in NW London. Pinner Aikido Club London is a part of the Kai Shin Kai International Traditional Aikido Association (KSK), which is a member of the British Aikido Board (BAB).

Aikido is essentially a non-violent Martial art system that encourages the avoidance of confrontation and harmony with an aggressor. The classes are well attended with Aikido students always on the mat and aimed at all levels, from beginner to advanced but everyone is welcome to come along regardless of fitness or experience.

Our Aikido students work at their own pace during the training sessions and no one is forced into doing anything they are not comfortable with.
Pinner Aikido Club in London can help you achieve self-defense skills, self-esteem, confidence, and fitness. Most of all though, our classes are fun.

You do not have to be competitive or naturally athletic to take part in the Aikido class. Learning Aikido is about self-improvement and self-confidence.

Regardless of your size, body type and current level of physical ability or disability. If you are looking for a healthier, more confident way of life, then the modern art of Aikido may well be for you.

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