This article was originally published in French in “Dragon Spécial Aikido” in January 2018. Learning an Asian traditional martial art is not neutral. It places us from day one in a lineage, a tradition of which we are finally only a part. As part of this transmission it is common to refer to two types Read more about What can we learn from the masters of the past?[…]
Going back to Tōkyō for Aunkai training is a favorite of mine, as it’s always a rare occasion to see Akuzawa sensei and his students, feel how their practice evolved and try to grasp a bit more the complexity of Aunkai’s biomechanics. […]
As I spent last week in Japan, I took the opportunity to go to Shizuoka and train at the mythical Gakunan dōjō (better known as Yoseikan dōjō) with Washizu sensei. This dōjō, formerly the dōjō and living place of the famous Mochizuki Minoru is in my opinion one of the landmarks of Japanese martial arts. Read more about Training at the Yoseikan dōjō in Shizuoka[…]
On Sunday June 3, Aikido Honto Ryu and the Seishin Tanren Dojo are organizing a joint workshop to share their respective Aikido and Aunkai practice. The workshop will be from 3 to 5pm at the TCG studio in Wong Chuk Hang and led by: Jerald Tai, 3rd dan Aikikai Xavier Duval, Renshi, Aunkai We Read more about Aikido/Aunkai workshop – June 3[…]
On April 15, as Xavier was in Singapore, we organized a 3-hour workshop to do a deep dive in some of the body mechanics of Aunkai. The workshop was attended by 10 dedicated Aikido practitioners and was a great opportunity to go through the basics of Aunkai, but also what they mean for somebody practicing Read more about Aunkai workshop in Singapore – April 2018[…]
Lionel Froidure is the founder of Imagin’Arts and En Terre Martiale. Born in a family of Karateka, Lionel fell into the cauldron when he was little and today he shares his passion through his classes but also his many DVDs and documentaries, as well as on the Imagin’Arts blog. 6th dan in Karate and 4th in Arnis Doblete Rapilon, Lionel is a hard-working and passionate adept whose martial skills are only matched by his kindness and open-mind.
I was lucky to meet Lionel in 2013in Paris during a seminar with Washizu sensei and to spend a good part of the evening discussing with him. This remains one of my most beautiful encounters in the martial arts world. I can only invite you to meet Lionel if you have the opportunity and failing that, to at least follow his work. […]
I met Filip for the first time in 2016 when he came to Hong Kong and we double-handedly managed the Aunkai seminar that I was hosting that weekend. But before meeting him in person, I already had a chance to discover him via some his Aikido videos, and chat a bit with him online when he joined Aunkai. A minute or two after meeting, we were already great bros and Filip remains one of my favourite martial artists for the high level of his skills, his deep understanding and genuine open mind. […]
Alex is one of the pillars of Kishinkai Aikido, that he now teaches in Limoges, France. Practicing since his youngest age, he started Judo before turning to boxing and French boxing and then to Yoseikan Budo. From a relatively aggressive and competition-oriented practice, Alex made the choice to leave everything a few years ago to settle in Paris and follow the teaching of Leo Tamaki.
My series of seminars in Europe was once again an opportunity to try to present a rich and rather different work from what is usually done in most dojos. As I explained several times during these courses, my teaching is divided into three, more or less equally important, parts. […]
Romain has been practicing martial arts for more than 15 years. In 2005 he discovered Hapkido and Hankido that he teaches today in Nort sur Erdre (France). Despite a genetic disease that affects his sight, Romain made an early choice to go for a subtle practice, based on sensation, which he completed by learning manual Read more about Words of experts – Romain Guihéneuf[…]