NEW! The basic aikido technique kokyuho (also called sokumen iriminage) against several different grip and strike attacks. Uke is Stephan Schröder. Click the header to read about kokyuho and how to do it.
Here I do iriminage on a "symbolic" form of the aihanmi katatedori attack, where our hands meet without any gripping. I find it an excellent way of training the principles of aikido, such as the line of the attack and how it is extended and redirected. Martik Kos is uke. Click the header to see the short video at YouTube.
This is a ki nagare style kokyuho, in the way that it is a playful extension of the attacker's energy, and an exercise in handling it as subtly as possible. Gabika Markovicova is the uke. One should try not to apply any force. How it works may be more clear in the second half of the clip, where David Bradna is the uke. As soon as the attacker has an aim, there is an energy flow, which can be extended into an aikido technique - even if there is not yet any attack. Click the header to see the short video at YouTube.
Here, the same principles as above are applied to kokyunage - a throw, which is pretty much designed for it, since it should not involve brute force. Notice that the hands meet without any gripping. By spiral moves, the attacker's energy is snared, gathered and guided into the throw. Gabriel Jurcak is uke. Click the header to see the short video at YouTube.
First, I show a few basics about katadori on Mirek - in this case sort of a pat on the shoulder, before it becomes a katadori grip. Then I do a kokyuho on him and on Martin Svihla, where the arms are not used, but a rubber-like flexibility in the shoulder and body. You can neglect posture, but need to remain in your center. It's fun to do. Click the header to see the short video at YouTube.
The shomen ate attack goes in a curve forward, instead of the downward cut of the shomen uchi. I find it very useful in training, as a kind of principle for the straight forward attack. Contrary to the shomen uchi, the shomen ate can be an effective attack also with an unarmed hand. In this clip Martin Svihla's attack is done gently, but the ikkyo technique does not change one bit, when the attack is fast and hard. Click the header to see the short video at YouTube.
Here you find an instructive video clip of nikyo against some basic attacks.
Me in 1979
This is long ago... In 1979, we shot this mock-training video at my dojo in those days, Brandbergen Aikido. I was 25 and had done aikido for just seven years, which did not stop med from instructing with an attitude that now embarrasses me, and big words that make me relieved they are in Swedish, so that most of you don't understand them. I must confess that I speak similarly about aikido now, but I hope that I perform better - and more humbly (but I'm not sure of it). Oh, and my hair was longer, my belly smaller, and my hakama shorter. I thought that it would be fun for my present students to see...
Me in 1973
This is probably the oldest film of me doing aikido. It's from a summer seminar in Uppsala, Sweden, in 1973 or 1974. Our national instructor at the time, Toshikazu Ichimura, attacks intensely with a bokken, and I do some nervous taisabaki. He knew how to swing the sword, he was 6 dan Renshi in iaido... Filmed by Olle Dehlén.
In my dojo, we often practice small manoevers from the chudan kamae guard - a bit in line with what is done in kendo. The chudan kamae needs to be explored, for a proper understanding of the Japanese sword arts. Musashi called it the field-marshal of guards. Here, I do a harai, a warding off of Martin Frankovic's sword, followed up by the kote cut, to the wrist. Notice that here I am the attacker, initiating the movement, which is significantly more difficult than responding to an attack. Some speed is needed - it's all in the wrist. Click the header to see the short video at YouTube.
Jo 31 kata in four directions
The original aikido jo 31 kata is done in two directions. Here it is done in four directions, shiho. This is a variation I developed for the sake of my students and myself. A long kata, like this one, is usually done in four directions - whether it is jo, ken or an unarmed art - since it is supposed to deal with several opponents attacking from several directions.
A 3 minute video clip where I do some iai forms from here and there. I can't say that I approve of every detail. My posture is far from perfect, I tend to sort of nod at the cuts, which are often not enough extended forward, I do a meaningless extra movement with the saya right before noto, et cetera - in spite of my thirty-some years doing iai. Well, well, something to work on at next keiko...
Tomas Ohlsson from my dojo shows all the twelve forms of the Zen Nippon Kendo Renmei Seitei Iai kata. The film starts with a sequence mostly for fun of short closeup clips. Then the twelve forms follow. I recorded the video in 2005.
This is the first aikibatto exercise, Shiho mae, done like iaido - solo with a real blade instead of bokken with partner. The other nine exercises in iai form follow on this YouTube playlist. Click the header to see the video at YouTube.
Aikiken Sword Exercises for Aikido. The aikibatto exercises, practical and spiritual aspects of the sword arts, advice on equipment for training. Click the image to see the book at Amazon. More about the book here.
I'm a Swedishauthor 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 Shihanaikido instructor. Click the header to read my full bio.