Video clips of Aikido, Aikiken and Aikijo Techniques
Here are some videos of me doing aikido, as well as sword (ken) and staff (jo) exercises. Most of them you also find on my YouTube account: AIKIDOSTENUDD
Some of the videos are instructional, while in others I sort of play with aikido principles in a freer form. It should be evident which is which.
Aikido techniques against strikesAikido techniques against tsuki, strike attacks. Uke is Martin Frankovic. Recorded in Kosice, Slovakia.
Futaridori - two attackersHere are a few basic aikido techniques against two simultaneous attackers. Filmed in my dojo with Fredrik Pattyranie and Mika Korhonen as uke.
More futaridoriSome more aikido techniques in futaridori - with two attackers. Uke are Martin Frankovic and Matú Pangrác. Recorded in Kosice, Slovakia.
Aikido AtemiHere are some examples of how atemi (strikes) are applied to aikido techniques. Uke is Andreas Johansson from my dojo.
Aikido blocks against kicksSome aikido blocks and entrances against kicks. Tony Johansson from my dojo is the attacker.
Aikido techniques against front kickA few basic aikido techniques against maegeri (front kick). Here the kick is chudan maegeri (to the belly) but the aikido techniques are quite the same against jodan maegeri (to the head). Tony Johansson from my dojo is the uke.
Aikido against attacks from behindAikido techniques against ushiro - different attacks from behind. Uke are Martin Frankovic and Matú Pangrác. Recorded in Kosice, Slovakia.
Aikido hands in shihonageHere are closeups on how the hands move in the aikido technique shihonage. John Hallbeck from my dojo is the uke. More closeup videos follow on this YouTube playlist.
Ikkyo when resisted and henkawazaSome examples of ikkyo on a resisting uke, and henkawaza (shifted technique), filmed at my dojo. Uke are John Hallbeck and Anders Heinonen from my dojo.
Aihanmi iriminageHere 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. (0.9 MB)
Aihanmi kokyuhoThis 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. (3.2 MB).
Aihanmi kokyunageHere, 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. (1.6 MB)
Katadori kokyuhoFirst, 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. (2.4 MB)
Shomenate ikkyoThe 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. (2.1 MB)
Me in 1979This 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 1973This 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.
Aikibatto sword exercisesHere are all the ten aikibatto sword exercises as done in duo, with a partner. Uke is Tomas Ohlsson from my dojo.
Aikibatto staff exercisesHere is a recent recording of all the ten aikibatto jo (staff) exercises as done in duo, with a partner. Uke is Anders Heinonen from my dojo.
Harai koteIn 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. (1.1 MB)
Jo 31 kata in four directionsThe 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.
Iai mixA 3 minute video clip (7 MB) 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...
Seitei IaiTomas 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.
Aikibatto IaiThis 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.
IkkyoThis video shows the aikido technique ikkyo against all basic attacks, also against knife (tantodori), sword (tachidori) and staff (jodori).
Tanto doriThis is the aikido technique kotegaeshi against knife attacks. Other tantodori (knife defense) videos follow on this YouTube playlist.
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