Aikido Weapons Techniques: The Wooden Sword, Stick, and by Phong Thong Dang

By Phong Thong Dang

Even supposing Aikido is frequently regarded as a nonviolent, noncompetitive martial artwork, using guns used to be brought by way of the art's founder O'Sensei Morihei Ueshiba. actually, aikido strategies that use wood guns can improve all facets of your perform, aiding you to appreciate either uncomplicated and complex aikido technical strategies in addition to conceptual innovations and skills.

Building at the authors' trust that no empty-hand process is entire with no guns education, Aikido guns innovations: The wood Sword, Stick, and Knife of Aikido demonstrates weapon use either as a coaching device to higher illustrate aikido ideas, and as a self-defense opposed to weapon assaults, targeting the 3 basic guns utilized in aikido:

  • Ken—the wood sword
  • Jo—the wood staff
  • Tanto—the wood knife

A entire dialogue of every weapon is integrated, with descriptions of the stances, grips, innovations, types, defenses, and coaching applicable for each.

With over two hundred step by step pictures and special directions, this ebook offers an in-depth exploration of guns use in aikido—from its non secular implications to technical conception and functional use

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Any sword/ken technique can be used for solo training practice. These techniques can be practiced one at a time, in choreographed kata-type forms or in a freestyle, improvised shadow-boxing style. Paired Techniques While solo training can develop technique, it is only through paired technique training that a practitioner can develop distance, timing, and accuracy. Distance is the physical space between an individual and the target; it must be bridged to gain accessibility, and maintained to gain effective execution.

Another traditional stance and sword position, not shown, holds the sword directly overhead, ready for a downward strike. Attacks or Cuts There are three major attacks or cuts with the ken. The first is an overhead downward strike called a shomen-uchi, the second is a diagonal oblique Boken: Wooden Sword 33 strike to the neck called a yokomen-uchi, and the third is a straightforward thrust with the tip called a tsuki. 2-5: Shomen-Uchi 2-6 From a traditional ready stance and position with the ken forward, raise the sword up and over your head on a vertical circular path following the centerline of the body (Figure 2-5).

Paired Techniques While solo training can develop technique, it is only through paired technique training that a practitioner can develop distance, timing, and accuracy. Distance is the physical space between an individual and the target; it must be bridged to gain accessibility, and maintained to gain effective execution. Timing is the ability to establish the rhythm and synchronization needed for the ken to reach the target while the target is available. Accuracy is the ability to place the tip or end portion of the blade directly onto and into the intended target area.

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