The Peaceful Martial Art
The video above is from 2007, at my present dojo Enighet in Malmö, Sweden. The photo to the right is from 1974, with an adolescent me as uke to Ichimura sensei, my aikido teacher at that time.
Now, I have practiced aikido for more than 40 years. How many hobbies will last for that long, and remain fascinating? Normally I am impatient, to say the least. Anything that I have to repeat over and over will very quickly lose its attraction.
Not so with aikido, the gentle martial art from Japan. I keep on doing those exercises, keep on struggling to refine the aikido techniques - and my fascination increases. This is an anomaly, a koan if you will, that can only be comprehended if aikido is seen neither as a sport nor a system of self defense, but as an art.
Of course aikido is an art. Endlessly intriguing, infinitely variable, never perfected - what else could it be?
Scroll down to check out all the aikido material I have on this website. I hope you find it interesting.
Aikido is prominent in the season 6 episode 4 of the TV series The Walking Dead
, which was released on November 1st, 2015. Click the header to read more about it.
My Aikido Books
I have written some books about aikido and related matters. Here they are. Click the header or image to read more about the book.
Basic Concepts of the Peaceful Martial Art
Here is my aikido book in English, presenting the principles, philosophy, and basic concepts of aikido.
Attacks in Aikido
How to do kogeki, the attack techniques
My book about all the attack techniques in aikido, and how to do them correctly. The book also contains lists of the techniques and attack forms of aikido combined.
Aikiken Sword Exercises for Aikido
In addition to presenting the aikibatto exercises, the book also contains chapters about practical and spiritual aspects of the sword arts, equipment for training, and how to teach and learn aikibatto.
Increase Your Life Energy
Qi, the life energy, is also spelled chi or ki. It is essential in aikido, even part of its name. In this book, the concept is thoroughly explained. There is also a number of simple exercises to explore it.
Aikido Stuff on this Website
Tables of all the aikido techniques and attacks, and their combinations. With comments and explanations.
A dictionary of aikido terms and their meanings.
Texts and video clips on ikkyo against several different attacks. Ikkyo, the first technique of aikido, can be done in many ways and against many attack forms. Here are most of them.
Attacks in Aikido
Kogeki, the attack techniques in aikido. Photos and comments about the most common attack forms used in aikido, and tips about how to do them.
Aikido Video Clips
Several aikido video clips - both from seminars and from instructional recordings. In some of them I do rather improvised versions of basic and not so basic aikido techniques, in others I stick to basic forms for clarity.
Aikido Knife Defense
Tantodori, aikido defense against knife attacks - some techniques. This is focused on how to take the knife from the attacker at the end of the technique, something that many aikidoka do without enough care.
Jo 31 Kata
The jo 31 kata in four directions. The traditional 31 kata practiced in aikido is in two directions - front and back - but that is odd for a kata with so many movements. At my dojo, we have allowed ourselves to modify it into a four directions kata. See how we do it, and see if you approve or not.
Aikido sword exercises with partner and bokken, or solo like iaido. There are some very complex systems of sword exercises in aikido, often demanding a high strain on one's memory at the cost of properly exercising the sword technique fundamentals. This is a simple exercise system we use at my dojo. I call it aikibatto, since it combines aspects of aikido with those of iaido (batto).
Aikido as Self-Defense
There's much discussion about aikido as self-defense. Does it work, and if so - how to do it? This text tries to answer some such questions and explore what "realistic" really means.
The aikido technique koshinage against a few basic attacks, described in text and videos.
The aikido technique yonkyo and how to apply it, described in text and video.
The aikido technique kotegaeshi against different attacks, described in text and videos.
Video clips and explanations on the basic aikido pinning technique nikyo, against a couple of particularly difficult attacks - mainly katadori, shoulder grip, and munedori, collar grip. A relaxed way of training nikyo is also shown.
Video clips and explanations on the basic aikido pinning technique sankyo, against a couple of typical attacks. A relaxed way of using sankyo to control the partner's body is also shown.
Ki, Life Energy
About ki, the life energy, middle syllable in the word aikido, and essential in training. Explanations and exercises.
Tanden, the Center
About tanden, the Center, what it is, how it works and how to exercise it - not just in aikido.
I experimented with using the brush to express the movements and principles of aikido techniques, sort of in the fashion of Japanese calligraphy (shodo). Here are some of the results.
Running an Aikido Dojo
The ups and downs of running your own aikido dojo. What my experiences have taught me.
My columns at AikiWeb, a great aikido website.
Aikido Photo Album
Photos of me and my friends on the aikido tatami, from my dojo and others, in Sweden and abroad.
Osensei and Einstein
Aikido principles in celestial mechanics. Originally, I wrote this article as a chronicle for a Swedish Martial Arts magazine, then I translated it for the Aikikai Hombu dojo leaflet The Aikido. It compares some aspects of aikido with those laws of gravity revealed by Einstein.
Aikido Books of Interest
A commented selection of my favorite books about aikido, and about things related to it.
Aikido Is True
The overwhelming experiences of the beginner. How I got into aikido. The foreword to my book on the aikido basics and principles.
Aikido - die friedliche Kampfkunst
I wrote my first book on aikido in Swedish, which was translated into German by Sabine Neumann. Here you find the complete German translation of the book, page by page, both as regular webpages, and as an Acrobat PDF file. There is also an English version of the book, as mentioned above.
A short Aikido biography of yours truly.
My Aikido Seminars
Here is information about my aikido seminars in Sweden and other countries.
A personal selection of Aikido links. It's not a big list at all, but I hope that you find these links of interest. I do.
Express your own views. Please let me know what you feel or think about some or all of what you have found here.
My Aikido Books
Basic Concepts of the Peaceful Martial Art, by Stefan Stenudd. Aikido principles, philosophy, and basic ideas. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
Attacks in Aikido
How to do kogeki, the attack techniques, by Stefan Stenudd. All the attack techniques in aikido explained, and how to do them correctly. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.
MY AIKIDO BOOKS
All about the peaceful Japanese martial art.
A system of jo (staff) and ken (sword) exercises for aikido students.
My paintings, drawings, photos and video art.
My writing - fiction as well as non-fiction.
What the Greek philosophers thought about the cosmos, the gods and the myths.
Myth, its psychology and archetypes.
Essays on various topics I find intriguing.
My reviews of film, TV, and music.
My Other Websites
Myths in general and myths of creation in particular.
Qi (also spelled chi
) explained, with exercises to increase it.
An encyclopedia of life energy concepts around the world.
The wisdom of Taoism and the Tao Te Ching, its primary source.
The ancient Chinese system of divination and free online reading.
Tarot card meanings in divination and a free online spread.
The complete horoscope and how to read it.
Zodiac sign astrology, explaining each sign and its meaning.
My Facebook page.
My Twitter account.
My Amazon Author page.
My YouTube account with aikido videos.
My YouTube account Aravadia, with art videos and poetry.
My Swedish website.
Click the header to get to the webpage where I present all my books in English. Click an image below to go to that book's page on Amazon.
I'm a Swedish writer
of fiction and non-fiction books in both Swedish and English. I'm also an artist
, an historian of ideas
and a 7 dan Aikikai Shihan aikido instructor
. Click the header to read my full bio.