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Cooperating with BAB Japan Co., Ltd., hereby I start AIKI Web Course in order to realize my long-standing desire to let as many as martial arts fans all over the world have the correct knowledge of AIKI and learn how to practice AIKI.

This course consists of
Part 1 as introductory articles, I explain a wide range of knowledge about what AIKI is, which contains 6 lessons.
Part 2 as main articles, for beginners/intermediate level, I explain how to practice AIKI to master. It contains 24 lessons.

The each lessons will be uploaded on BudoJapan website one by one every week.
I hope as many people as possible will be interested in AIKI and become able to practice it by following this course.

Some people may think that the AIKI Connection method, which I introduced in the previous lesson (Lesson 5), is not very practical because it involves contact with only a very light force.

However, the strength of the force that creates AIKI Connection becomes more tolerable when the opponent moves (the faster they move). In other words, you can create AIKI Connection with a moving opponent even with strong force.

I will explain this fact by using the technique 【AIKI Byobu Taoshi】

AIKI Byobu Taoshi

A and B stand face to face.

A…Defender
B…Attacker

a・B steps in with right foot to attack A by right hook punch.
b・A pulls back his left leg to become the right half stance, softly blocks B’s right hook lower arm with his left hand, and places his right hand on B’s left shoulder.
c・As it is, A creates an AIKI Connection with both hands and let him fall down his backward like a large paper screen falls by itself.

For example, when trying to fall down a large paper screen, you should never push the paper surface with force. Because if you do so, the paper on the surface will tear. So in this case, instead of pushing hard on the surface of the paper, you should apply a slight amount of force to the surface to unbalance the weight of the entire screen and cause the screen to fall over on its own. That is the point of this skill.

1 Start practice in a stationary state

First, let the opponent stand still with the right hook fully out. Position yourself so that you can create AIKI Connection by touching your opponent’s right hook lower arm and left shoulder with both hands.

2 Move arms without breaking AIKI Connection

It’s the same as the last lesson point, when you succeeded making AIKI Connection, move your hands and arms so as not to break it.

Never press hard with both hands that touch your opponent. Keeping both hands in light contact with the opponent’s body, simply turn your body without moving arms.

3 After succeeding above practices, then try in a moving situation

As explained at the beginning, the faster the opponent moves, the greater the allowable force of AIKI Connection becomes.

However, if you practice with a moving opponent from the beginning, it will be difficult to master this technique accurately.

Therefore, after you can fall down a stationary opponent with AIKI Connection, start practicing by letting him actually move. The same is true for the other method.

Summary of Lesson 6

For example, in case you try to fall down a large screen made of paper, you should never press down on the paper surface with force.

Because if you apply force, the paper will tear. So instead of pushing hard on the surface of the paper, I think you apply a little force to the surface to unbalance the weight balance of the whole screen so that it will fall down by itself.

This AIKI Connection technique is the same. Another important point is to think of the opponent as fragile and light like a paper screen, not as a hard and heavy object.

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2nd Soushi (Grand master) of AIKI Jujutsu Gyakute-do
He was born in 1950 in Kashiwa city Chiba prefecture. Graduated PHD course of Science University of Tokyo. After learning Judo and Shito-ryu Karate-do, started learning Gyakute-do Jujutsu which was created under influence of Hakko-ryu Jujutsu and the other Ko Bujutsu. Since TANAKA Tadashi CHUSHUDO, founder of Gyakute-do, 1st Soushi, passed away and the Ryuha died out without a successor, he had started instructing Gyakute-do seriously to the local Budo fans in the Netherlands so that he can let the name Gyakute-do would not disappear. Besides, during pursuing Gyakute-do, he had discovered the theory of AIKI and had established the methods to realize AIKI and the practicing way in his original way successfully.
Time to time he often writes for the Japanese martial arts journal "Hiden". So far he has published books "Theory of Vibration Modal Analysis", "Story of Dutch", "Fast learning AIKI", etc., DVDs "How to master AIKI" etc.

» At the starting of AIKI Web Course

Cooperating with BAB Japan Co., Ltd., hereby I start AIKI Web Course in order to realize my long-standing desire to let as many as martial arts fans all over the world have the correct knowledge of AIKI and learn how to practice AIKI.

This course consists of
Part 1 as introductory articles, I explain a wide range of knowledge about what AIKI is, which contains 6 lessons.
Part 2 as main articles, for beginners/intermediate level, I explain how to practice AIKI to master. It contains 24 lessons.

The each lessons will be uploaded on BudoJapan website one by one every week.
I hope as many people as possible will be interested in AIKI and become able to practice it by following this course.

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