Power up your martial arts practice with Aunkai

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Aunkai is a relatively modern, and admittedly niche, martial art that focuses on basics rather than on techniques and forms. That means understanding how to use our body more efficiently for martial purposes. This is making it the perfect complement for any martial artist looking to find depth and to understand how the greatest masters […]

Your filters hinder your progress

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“The most important is your openness, literally. If you want to change the way you move, your brain has to be flexible. It’s the same in the business community, the best CEOs are flexible. People who are very good at what they do are not just smart. They are also very flexible. “ Akuzawa Minoru […]

The body before the technique

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When I started training in martial arts, around 20 years ago, my practice was primarily external, centered on accumulating techniques and trying to know all the possible answers to pre-determined attacks. In parallel, aware of the importance of having a good physical condition, I sought to reinforce myself through bodybuilding exercises (more or less correctly […]

Aikido, the art of grabbing wrists

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This article was initially published in the French Magazine Dragon Spécial Aikido in April 2019. This simplistic vision of Aikido is generally negatively connoted, grabbing wrists being considered unrealistic by a large number of people. One can, therefore, wonder why Aikido – as well as many schools of Jujutsu before it – puts such an […]

Before the first step…

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This article was initially published in the French Magazine Dragon Spécial Aikido in January 2019. Any technique in Aikido begins with Kamae. That is true for Tai Jitsu, Aiki-ken and Aiki-jo, to the point a beginner will often see himself “corrected” if he puts the wrong foot forward. But out of its traditional aspect and […]