Learning martial arts can be a daunting and frustrating task, as we try to re-educate our body and brain to be better coordinated and more efficient. This is sometimes hard to understand, in particular for beginners, who just see the final of the technique: finishing Uke. But the final doesn’t matter, only the journey does. […]
A year ago I mentioned on my French blog the research I had in progress, including the increase in density that resulted, and the links that I perceived between the density / weight perceived and the use of the sternum, which is a key element of the alignment of the body and therefore the transmission of weight. A year later, my perception of the subject is a little more complex. […]
As Hugh was teaching basic techniques to the class on Sunday, he brought us through the key elements that one needs to keep in mind when doing them, in what he likes to call “Nihon Tai Jitsu by numbers”. […]
In class we recently discussed the different attributes or qualities we need our body to have in a martial arts context, taking into consideration that without the appropriate body skills, techniques are doomed to fail. […]
Our dojo first opened its doors five years ago, in July 2012, and much has happened since then. At first we were only teaching Nihon Tai Jitsu, before being allowed to form an Aunkai study group. We received visits from great martial artists […]
Martial arts are comparable to an iceberg in a way. A visible part, impressive by itself, and a hidden part, under water, often much bigger but invisible. The visible part of the iceberg corresponds to the external shape of an art: its techniques, whereas the immersed part corresponds to its deeper principles, without which the said techniques would not even exist. If this is pretty easy to understand on paper, we can only notice that the great majority of people remain on the upper part of the iceberg, on the surface. And it’s hard to blame them, because the invisible part is by definition not as accessible. […]
This article originally got published in French in Dragon Special Aikido in March 2017.
Ma-ai (間合) is one of the many basic concepts found in Budo / Bujutsu. Often translated as the distance between Tori and Uke, a better translation could simply be an interval, since the term 間 is used equally for an interval of space and of time, whereas the character 合 conveys the notion of harmony and can also be found to form 合氣.
Aunkai is a relatively new school, less than 15 years old, and that is very specific among martial arts schools as it clearly made the choice to focus on the development of the body, rather than on techniques. Guillaume Erard, made a great interview of sensei, that presents the genesis of the school and the way it got put together by Akuzawa sensei. […]
Roland Hernaez, 9th dan of Nihon Tai-Jitsu, is one of the most prominent French karate dignitaries, and one of those whose long experience – now 82 years old – is rooted in the most varied soils. He was among the pioneers in France of most of the great “budo”, […]