What can we learn from the masters of the past?

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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 […]

Aunkai training in Japan

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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.

Training at the Yoseikan dōjō in Shizuoka

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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. […]

Aikido/Aunkai workshop – June 3

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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 […]

Aunkai workshop in Singapore – April 2018

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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 […]