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  1. Spinedoc

    Digging Deeper....

    So, have been training Aikido for a number of years now, and BJJ for a while as well. Was thinking a lot about Aikido earlier this week, and how so many people, including myself for a long time, simply don't/didn't understand it. Been thinking a lot about effectiveness, pressure testing, etc...
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    Mario Roberto..

    Hi guys, going to do a trial week here. www.mrjja.com People seem to hold him in high regard. The Coach I had under Dave Camarillo's system moved, so, looking for another jits fix. Still doing Aikido, and looking ultimately to blend the two, ala Roy Dean, Bruce Bookman, and others. Anyone...
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    Any other gearheads here??

    I'm a big car guy, and have owned and driven multiple cars. Currently, I have... '14 Ford Escape Titanium (Daily Driver) '98 Porsche Boxster '89 Porsche 911 Turbo I have owned previously.... '77 Trans Am-Smokey and the Bandit version '79 Corvette '68 Camaro Z28 '88 IROC-Z Camaro Looking at...
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    Interesting Video. Aikido vs more realistic attacks...

    Doesn't look pretty or flowery like the demos....and Nage gets hit...which is okay...but glad to see them playing with this. Mike
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    Beating people at protests....

    Now to be clear, this is NOT a thread about politics or who is right, or who is wrong...I don't care. There's plenty of blame to go around during these incidents..but this one caught my eye... If youre new to far-right subreddits, based loosely translates to honorable or righteous...
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    Aikido vs Kicks....

    This is an area that is part of the Aikido curriculum, as is kata guruma, gensake otoshi, etc. that we simply don't practice in many dojos as much as we should...partly, it is because many Aikidoists don't know how to kick really well, partly, it is because the ukemi is....shall we...
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    Aikido exploration...

    Here's a great show called Samurai Spirit that airs in Japan. Nicholas Pettas is the host and a Karate champion, it's a little longer watch, but worth your time IF you are interested at all in Aikido.
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    Interesting new video by Roy Dean

    Roy Dean on the passing of Stanley Pranin, and the future of Aikido. He's wishing to appear on Joe Rogan's show to discuss things further. Considering he is a 3rd degree BJJ blackbelt, and Aikido Blackbelt, Japanese Jujutsu Blackbelt, and Judo Blackbelt....he has quite the pedigree, and he wants...
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    Iron Fist....ugh

    Has anyone else watched the new Netflix series Iron Fist. While the other MCU series on Netflix; Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Daredevil, were all really, really well done with excellent writing and good acting.....Iron Fist is....shall we say....disappointing. For those that don't know the story...
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    Gonzales Sensei

    Great demonstration from the Tissier Lineage in France. I've been trying to model my own Aikido practice after them, but it is hard, as the only US based Shihan I know that practices this way is Donovan Waite Shihan. I've been trying to make all of his seminars, and also model my own practice...
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    True Martial Artist.....

    This is a TRUE martial artist. Enson Inoue on facebook. "I know this journey will be long and hard and I want to be real. This is no ******** nor is it a joke but I'm going to demote myself to purple belt. I got a black belt 18 years ago and as we all know BJJ is always evolving. I jumped off...
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    Experienced artists.....Sunday experience....

    So, traveled up to the main dojo on Sunday for an advanced class that takes place every Sunday at 11 am. I got there a little early and was invited to join the "magic" class that the yudansha all refer to. It is an invitation only class, and is usually only attended by the most senior students...
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    Yoga and Martial Arts....

    So, curious, I did a search and couldn't find this, but how many of you supplement your Martial Arts training with Yoga? If so, what style? Vinyasa, Iyengar, Ashtanga, etc.etc.? I know renowned BJJ/Aikido/Judo black belt Roy Dean is an avid practitioner of Ashtanga yoga. I personally practice...
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    Ukemi.....yoko kaiten, randori....

    So, how many of you practice ukemi on a regular basis? I'm not talking during class or techniques, but even at home. Over the years in Aikido and the little bit of Judo I've done, I've gotten fairly good. Ukemi is interesting, I often tell new students that their progress in Aikido is not only...
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    Great and thought provoking article...

    Making Our Aikido Effective by Josh Gold I especially liked the idea of having different arts come for a broad exposure....and the emphasis on henka waza at an early training point. Thoughts?
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    GREAT BJJ seminar on Saturday....

    Had Professor Jared Feieranbend down to teach a whole seminar on pulling guard. Collar and Sleeve into DLR, worked on moving in omoplata, berimbolo, sweeps, triangles, etc. Worked on what if? scenarios, including moving into x guard and then several variations from there. As a beginner it was...
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    Aikido today vs prewar Aikido.

    This was a great commentary by Aikido research/historian/Sensei Stanley Pranin. Tony Dismukes brought up some of these same points (maybe from a slightly different perspective) as Sensei Pranin. Must read. Who changed Aikido after the war and what were their motives? by Stanley Pranin "As the...
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    Kagami Biraki Seminar

    Great seminar this last weekend to celebrate Kagami Biraki. Two of the more martial, intense Aikido Sensei's I have worked with. One is the shidoin of my parent dojo, so I have worked with him a lot, and he is definitely on the much more martial end of the Aikido spectrum. They were both...
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    Guerilla Jiu Jitsu

    Anyone else have any experience with this? Just starting to study this in Minnesota in addition to Judo and my primary art, Aikido. I know that it is an art created by David Camarillo and that it is designed to blend Olympic judo and Gracie BJJ together. Just wondering about other peoples...
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    Great Aikido Practice....

    Sore as hell today. 1.5 hours of suwari waza and hamni handachi. We have 3 students testing for advanced levels this year, shodan, ikkyu, and sankyu... Knees are not happy..... Me and one of the other senior students were working with lots of resistance.....my left shoulder is missing skin...
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    Aikido and Law Enforcement

    Interesting topic.. I was having a good discussion with an old friend about Aikido, and it's effectiveness, and he laughed. He is a senior agent with the FBI and has been with them for almost 20 years. He remarked that "I don't know how you can consider it 'ineffective' considering so many...
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    BJJ Teacher Roy Dean on Aikido....

    Great link... http://www.grapplearts.com/roy-dean-bjj-aikido-judo-wrestling-and-the-martial-artists-path/ There are so many lessons in Aikido that Ive been able to translate over to jiu jitsu of all kinds, and BJJ. So Aikido, like all martial arts, goes in and out of popularity. But its...
  23. Spinedoc

    Aikido test...passed...LOL

    So, at a seminar this past weekend and of course, this is when testing occurs, I've been ready to test for some time (way overdue actually), but simply haven't done it, but decided to this weekend. So, get called out to test, and my uke and I proceed through the ritual, and then start the test...
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    Tsuki Iriminage

    Been playing around with a few variations of this in class. Both direct, as well as indirect. One of my favorites to do is the Tissier Shihan version.... But then, I found this variation...and to be honest, I kind of like this. Still feeling it out, but I like the variation and my Sensei and...
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    Quads.holy *&((&*

    Well, been doing Iaido for about 2 months now安hich is absolutely nothing. Studying MSR, and working hard on turning exercises, Noto, sayabiki, and now shohatto. Shohatto wasn't bad the first 50 times, but I did it for about an hour and a half色匈 could barely walk the next day.. Wow..
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    Aikido/Iaido update!!

    So, thought I would post an update about my Aikido and MSR training. As you know, I've been taking Aikido for awhile now and a few months back started Muso Shinden Ryu. There are so many similarities, that they are quite complementary to each other. I've noticed that my flexibility continues to...
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    Iaito came today.

    Ordered through Tozando, good quality. Interestingly it was held up in it's transit to the US from Kyoto, Japan by US FIsh and Game. Now, I could see US Customs匈 could see BATF as they deal with weapons在ut Fish and Game? That was, I thought, perhaps a bit odd, but eh? it's here.
  28. Spinedoc

    How to become a Tengu Demon?

    We've had so many threads here recently on "How To?" I thought perhaps we could get the collective wisdom of MT to discuss how to transform oneself into a Tengu Demon? (Satire implied and welcomed) Also, who would win in a fight? An MMA artist, or a Tengu Demon? Enquiring minds want to know.
  29. Spinedoc

    31 jo kumitachi

    One of the things we have been working on in our weapons class is the 31 jo kumitachi. We are hoping to eventually smooth it out, maai, and speed wise to do a video for our schools site. This is a really fast version..... Of course we are aiming more for this... Or this..
  30. Spinedoc

    For KMan......Tissier demo from 2009.

    This is one of the better Aikido demos I've seen. A little telegraphing as it is a demo after all, but still a good video.
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