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  1. Chris Li

    Opinions on Lenny Sly's Aikido Combative concepts?

    Well...he didn't, really, "The Art of Peace" is a rather liberal interpretation of the word "Aikido" that was made by John Stevens and misrepresented as a translation of the word. Neutralizing without harm to the attacker come from Sokaku Takeda and Daito-ryu, it wasn't originated by Morihei...
  2. Chris Li

    Tomiki is it Daito ryu or Aikido?

    I believe that Tadayuki Sato didn't meet Tomiki Kenji until some time after 1967 (he was born in 1957 and met Tomiki in junior high school). Also, the sentence doesn't make sense that way, since the OP seems to be saying that Tomiki was training under someone named Sato. Kinbei Sato would be...
  3. Chris Li

    Tomiki is it Daito ryu or Aikido?

    Kinbei Sato? Tomiki opened the Shodokan dojo in 1967, so perhaps he meant the Aikikai, not Aikido. Best, Chris
  4. Chris Li

    Tomiki is it Daito ryu or Aikido?

    Kenji Tomiki received several Daito-ryu scrolls from Morihei Ueshiba, both before and after Morihei Ueshiba's difficulties with Sokaku Takeda in 1936. I don't know of any instance in which he taught independently and called it Daito-ryu. Of course, he developed his teachings in accordance with...
  5. Chris Li

    On Aikido: Its Origins and its efficacy

    There actually was no post-war ban, that's both a myth and a misunderstanding. Basically, budo as pre-war indoctrination was removed from the public school curriculum. There's a good article about that here. However, Kisshomaru (who was there at the time) said that many Japanese were unsure of...
  6. Chris Li

    On Aikido: Its Origins and its efficacy

    Koichi Tohei trained a little bit (a few months) before the war. After the war he was mainly in Tokyo and had only sporadic contact with Morihei Ueshiba. So....the answer is that he really didn't receive that much direct training, although he was talented and quite strong. I'm not sure that...
  7. Chris Li

    On Aikido: Its Origins and its efficacy

    If you compare what he was actually doing in the 1930's with what he was doing in the 1960's (there's a good comparison here), there was actually....very little change. The changes you're thinking about were primarily introduced by Kisshomaru Ueshiba and Koichi Tohei in Tokyo after the war (see...
  8. Chris Li

    On Aikido: Its Origins and its efficacy

    Hmm...Ueshiba's first dojo, opened in 1922, was actually on the grounds of the Omoto compound in Ayabe. That would pre-date both Gozo Shioda and Kenji Tomiki by a number of years. In the earliest known interview that I am aware of the religious language is quite clear - that's 1932. The...
  9. Chris Li

    Aikido today vs prewar Aikido.

    There are some similar arguments made in this article by Mark Murray. The tricky part about Iwama (and one that Stan doesn't often mention) is that Saito changed things too. Certainly, it was his goal to preserve the outer form of what he saw Ueshiba do, but he got there by changing some of the...
  10. Chris Li

    Daito Ryu Aikijujutsu

    Filmed down the street at the old YBA (Young Buddhist's Association) when it was still at the Hongwanji Mission School. Chris Matsuo still teaches Bagua and some other stuff down the street from where I live. Those guys were part of a Daito-ryu Roppokai study group under Seigo Okamoto. He...
  11. Chris Li

    aikido the harmony way?

    Thanks, I'm glad that you found them useful! Best, Chris
  12. Chris Li

    aikido the harmony way?

    Well, I think it's great, but I have a hard time convincing my wife... :) Best, Chris
  13. Chris Li

    aikido the harmony way?

    Thanks, I'm glad that you enjoyed it! Best, Chris
  14. Chris Li

    aikido the harmony way?

    "The way of harmony" is a common translation, but if you ask me it's really a common mis-translation. 合 is used in some compounds that mean "harmony", but it doesn't itself mean harmony. I wrote a bit about that here. Here's what Koichi Tohei had to say about harmonizing with the opponent...
  15. Chris Li

    Aikido Boken Suggestions

    Put it this way - in years of training in Japan, some of it in one of the oldest traditional weapons schools in the country, I never, not once, saw anybody wrap a bokken handle. Actually, most people didn't use oil either, it's not necessary unless you leave in an unusually dry environment...
  16. Chris Li

    Aikido Boken Suggestions

    You don't really need oil unless you live in a dry environment, certainly no wax. Any light oil will work - a mixture of linseed and tung oil is usually ideal. No wrapping - you don't need it and you don't want it. Best, Chris
  17. Chris Li

    Breaking Structure

    Generally speaking, I would say that the first part above refers to things that occur when Aiki is applied, rather than Aiki itself, which Morihei Ueshiba referred to as the manipulation of In and Yo (Yin and Yang) forces within oneself (speaking very simply...). Since this is a process that...
  18. Chris Li

    Aikido Boken Suggestions

    Hmm, sorry for the double post, not sure how that happened... Best, Chris
  19. Chris Li

    Aikido Boken Suggestions

    Exotic hardwoods break just like oak and hickory, but they cost more. It's a stick, you beat it against other sticks, and it breaks. How heavy depends on the type of sword that you're doing, different schools advocate different weights and shapes. Personally, I think that it's a bad idea to...
  20. Chris Li

    Aikido Boken Suggestions

    Exotic hardwoods break just like oak and hickory, but they cost more. It's a stick, you beat it against other sticks, and it breaks. How heavy depends on the type of sword that you're doing, different schools advocate different weights and shapes. Personally, I think that it's a bad idea to...
  21. Chris Li

    31 jo kumitachi

    I have a fair degree of fluency :) - here's the kanji, FWIW... Best, Chris
  22. Chris Li

    31 jo kumitachi

    "Kumi" ("kumu" / 組) actually means "associate" or "do together" (which is more relevant in this case). Generally speaking, here it refers to two people doing something together - jo or tachi (sword) or te (hand), or whatever. It doesn't necessarily have to be a string of movements, it could...
  23. Chris Li

    Aikidou Scroll...

    Not translation, it's an issue with Romanization. But...there's really no hard standard for Romanization, and most Japanese native speakers just don't care very much about how things are Romanized because the only time that Roman characters are really used in practice is for non-Japanese...
  24. Chris Li

    Aikido & Bagua Chuan cross training.

    You may be interested in this article - Morihei Ueshiba, Bruce Frantzis and Bagua. Best, Chris
  25. Chris Li

    Bill Gleason in Hawaii 2014

    If anybody's interested, I posted some photos from Bill Gleason's seminar last weekend at Aiki Kai o Kona in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. Enjoy! Chris
  26. Chris Li

    O-Sensei at 80 Video

    Here's an interesting quote by Yasuo Kobayashi about taking falls for Morihei Ueshiba: From "Yasuo Kobayashi and Fumiko Nakayama on Living Aikido: Part 2". Best, Chris
  27. Chris Li

    My theory about the practicality of Aikido

    Actually, that's Yasuo Kobayashi, not Gozo Shioda. Here are some clips of Shioda: http://youtu.be/XxPlQGxvoy0 Best, Chris
  28. Chris Li

    Shihan

    Shihan in the Aikikai can get a little bit tricky - here's an article I wrote about last year. Best, Chris
  29. Chris Li

    Aikido and Aikibujutsu

    Toshishiro Obata was a student of Gozo Shioda, so basically what you're looking at is a variation of Yoshinkan Aikido. The Shinkendo is Obata's own synthesis of the various sword arts that he studied. The best thing to do is to go see - and see some other places so that you can compare, there's...
  30. Chris Li

    Daito ryu has a Tai Chi lineage?

    No problem! I think you asked me questions I did not answer if so here they are I didn't think that he'd laid it out in that much detail, but I agree - the timing is a little tricky unless there are some continuing links that can be shown much further down the line. Well, I'm a lightweight...
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