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Taijutsu martial art that uses bare hands.
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Tanto Dori knife disarming technique.
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Aiki Jo martial art techniques practiced with a jō.
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Aiki Ken set of wooden Japanese sword techniques.
  • Aikido training

    AIKIDO training

    In the beginning, the aim of martial arts was to prepare a combatant to overcome his opponent at all costs, in other words, to survive a fight. Even though there was no assessment of judges, the winner was unmistakably known, and that was some kind of natural selection (for both the human species and the martial arts). As civilization developed, the cruel natural selection was replaced by no less cruel social selection. This change took its part in martial arts as well. Aikido is one of the youngest martial arts originated from Japan. As a way of self-defense it is exceptionally efficient against a single or a multitude of attackers – whether armed or unarmed. However, self-defense is just a minor part of this art. The way of practicing on trainings allows that, through miniature fights, initiative and advantage pass alternately from one practitioner to the other while respecting the basic principles of Aikido: non-resistance, moving off the line of attack, good distance, circular movement and harmony. Aikido is a martial art created at the end of social evolution, and, because of that, the aim of training is not a preparation for a fight, but a preparation for a better, healthier and harmonious life in today’s society. Much like other trainings, Aikido training consists of four connected wholes:

     

  • 1. Introduction

    The introductory part of Aikido training

    The purpose of this part of the training is a psychological preparation. It begins in the state of Seiza . After the bow – Rei – the traditional Japanese salutation which expresses honest respect and mutual gratitude of  both the master and the pupil, the breathing exercises – Kokyu  begin. The breathing exercises are performed by alternating inhale and exhale, followed by subtle motions of the arms. It is a well known fact that deep breathing brings calmness. It is so because deep breathing does not go along with a stressful state of mind, and, during the breathing exercises, our body adjusts its physiology according to the rhythm of inhaling and exhaling and it removes the neuromuscular tension gathered during the day. During the last breathing cycle, on the mark of the instructor, the position is changed toGasho  – translated as the gathering of the mind. The attention is completely directed at the forthcoming training and the hands in front of the face are to be understood as a physical obstacle to the thoughts that could violate our concentration. With this exercise, the introductory part of the training is over.

     

     

  • 2. Preparation

    The preparatory part of Aikido training

    In simple words – warming up, in complicated – Aiki Taiso. The purpose of this part of the training is to bring the physiological functions to the appropriate level in order to make the training as efficient as possible and bring the possibilities of injuries to a minimum. So, the pulse becomes faster, the temperature of the body rises, the ventilation of the lungs increases, and, through active stretching, the joints become more mobile. During this part of the training, alongside the basic shaping exercises are performed: Aikido movements – Tai Sabaki, blows – Atemi Waza and falls – Ukemi.

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  • 3. Main part

    The main part of Aikido training

    The title itself marks this as the most important part of the training, during which are taught and practiced many Aikido techniques and an even greater number of its variants, so it is impossible to explain each one of them in this text. Because of this, only the basic fields of Aikido will be noted: pinning techniques – Katame vazathrowing techniques – Nage vaza , staff practice – Aiki Jo sword practice – Aiki Ken , and knife defense – Tanto Dori . During advanced training is practiced a large number of variants of the basic techniques, defense against an attack from behind, techniques preformed while kneeling, counter techniques, and defense against several attackers in form of a free combat. Besides learning and practicing techniques, during this part of the training are performed exercises which improve speed, strength, stamina and flexibility, in other words, the abilities necessary to perform Aikido techniques well.

  • 4. Final part

    The final part of Aikido training

    This part of the training has the goal to physiologically and psychologically “take us out” of the training. The training must not end suddenly, because it is needed to start the process of recovery with less intense exercises, breathing and stretching exercises. After a short analysis and answers to any training-related questions, the training ends as it begins – in the state of Seiza.

    There was a painter called Hans Monling who never signed any of his paintings. He would just write “My best work”. I believe it is the same with Aikido. Try to do the best – not best compared to others, but the best that you can.


    Cristitian Tissier, 7. DAN

03 Traditional autumn aikido seminar was held by Radivoje Jankovic 5th DAN on 21st and 22nd October 2017 in organization of National aikido federation of Serbia and aikido club Centar.

Jesenji aikido_seminar_2017On 21st and 22nd October 2017, autumn aikido seminar 2017 will be organized by National aikido federation of Serbia and aikido club Centar in Belgrade.

1AUTUMN AIKIDO SEMINAR 2016., organized by National aikido federation of Serbia and aikido club Centarwill be held on 22. - 23. 10. 2016. in Belgrade.

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