Does Aikido Mastery Elude You?
If you've ever tried aikido, you'd know... just how difficult a martial art it is. It's way too complex that some people have even called it "the ballet of the martial arts."
We at "Aikido Body" have analyzed the anatomical and biomechanical principles behind the best and most advanced masters in the art, and we offer you simple lessons to help anybody, experienced or new, to lift their game to the highest level.
Have you ever been puzzled by the lack of genuine aikido instruction out there?!? Then... this is your website. In most dojos, technical and spiritual progress is left to chance and rote-learning because that's the way aikido's been taught in Japan (see my article: "Aikido Pedagogy in Japan").
We, at Aikido Body, will take you right outside that box to show you your way forward. Many masters have died and there are none to take their place. We can assist you in becoming a master in your own right and can guide you step-by-step to help you with the tools you'll need to move as the greatest masters do with effortless grace and power.
Who Are We?
At Team Aikido Body (TAB), we have kept tabs on the best.
While the long road to learning (without explicit or detailed instructions) may be adapted to the Confucian mindset of the Japanese, it is inadequate for Westerners who need clear instructions, principles and pointers, keys, if you like, that help unlock the intelligent design behind the great complexity of the art, so that we can all make intelligent movement choices in real time.
Keni Lynch Sensei was born into a pioneering aikido family but it was only in his twenties that he took his family art seriously. After spending 14 years running a successful full-time dojo with his parents, he left his parents dojo to his students so that he could go on to study the Eastern philosophies of Taoism, Buddhism and Hinduism at university; and from there, he eventually moved to Spain and Hungary to teach aikido, inspired by his new learnings.
While a full-timer, he taught the fundamentals of four of the major styles of aikido (Yoshin-kai, Ki no Kenkyu-kai, Aiki-kai, and Shimizu Kenji's Tendokan Aikido), but something about the eclectic curriculum he helped teach felt wrong. He felt intellectually dissatisfied by the conflicting accounts of technique by the different senseis.
An injury to his L5 was the turning point in his professional career, leading him on an on-going research journey to discover the scientific principles of coherent movement behind aikido mastery.
While the best masters epitomize the Taoist principles of gentleness, effortless power, and poise, the great majority of lesser aikido instructors appear to force their way through techniques, using gross muscular power, particularly when they find themselves up against resistance. The gentle art of aikido has also come under attack on Youtube, in conjunction with the rising popularity of MMA (Mixed Martial Arts). Some MMA practitioners, presumably to attract more members to their cause, appear to want to demonize aikido as a comparatively useless martial art.
In the absence of clear guidelines on how to move as effortlessly as the greatest aikido masters do, these critics, do have a point. Most aikidoka neither exemplify great martial prowess or even athletic skill. The majority are part-timers who simply enjoy the act of moving their bodies in ways that challenge them from time to time. That may well be all and good.
The problem comes when aikido instructors try to justify their skills to themselves. The following questions crop up in the aikido community from time to time: "Am I doing a martial art or a spiritual discipline?", "Will aikido work in a 'real' fight?", and "What if all these years I dedicated to perfecting aikido turn out, as the critics say, to be useless in an emergency, when I really have to use it to save myself, my loved ones, or even total strangers?"
Most aikidoka, I think, make do with their own conjectures, failing or succeeding by their own lights. The nice part of this story is that it does and has produced a handful of shining stars among the athletically gifted.
The sad part is that the great majority have never been taught explicitly "how" to do their aikido better and in ways that will help them see progress. There are extremely few teachers that teach systematically, and even among these, judging by their students' comments, the path to real progress continues to elude.
Advanced aikidoka (4th Dan and above) are then left in an intellectual vacuum. They may pass exams to higher and higher levels without a real grasp of the technical principles that make aikido both a highly effective form of martial art and a highly advanced form of spiritual training.
You might also ask: "How is it possible, exactly, to maintain a calm mind-body in a stress-inducing attack scenario, without ramping up force?" "Surely, the effortlessness you speak of is the result of decades of hard work." "Maybe, the secret, as the Japanese believe, is to keep training hard, learning by rote for a few decades, until we reach that much-prized-moment of individual nirvana, that mystical awakening to the heart of aikido, where all is revealed in a single blinding flash of spiritual insight."
Our contention at Aikido Body is that the path to mystical enlightenment may well take that long to realize, but it really doesn't have to. The latest sciences make these realities far more accessible and easily understood with the right pedagogy.
If we combine what we know from other classical martial arts (Shinkage-ryu, Itto-ryu), the cognate martial sports like tai-chi, hsing-i, ba-gua, and cognate spiritual disciplines like yoga (Patanjali), and mindfulness meditation (vipassana), not to mention disciplines like Thai Massage and Shiatsu, then there is little reason why aikido re-create and aikido that is still relevant to a world interested in the holistic balance between idealism and realism. In short, we can continue to have an ethical martial art without remolding ourselves into a less effective version of MMA.
The Aikido Body is a book that claims there are ways to speed up the learning process in aikido, so that what we once thought took decades can be compressed into as little as an afternoon or a weekend.
If you've ever wanted to learn how to move your body with greater ease, how to gain better posture, and maintain better balance, while learning powerful martial arts moves in a spiritual context, or if you've even just wanted to learn how an extremely complex art like aikido could be understood in simple intelligible terms, without the need for mystical teachings, then you've come to the right place.
We have created a system based on a combination of the new sciences of the mind and body and traditional aikido principles to help you cut your learning curve by decades
At the end of your time with us, you will be able to:
* move with great power, ease and self-confidence
* de-stress your mind at will
* be your best self
* have better posture
* have a greater sense of balance (even as you age)
Gondolkoztál - e már valaha azon, hogy hogyan tudnak az aikido mesterek erőkifejtés nélküli eleganciával, gyengédséggel és hihetetlen egyensúllyal mozogni a támadások tűzében??
Ha te is szeretnél igy mozogni, akkor eljött az ideje, hogy az új test-tudományok segítségével megtanulj:
*mentesíteni az elméd a stressztől
*a legjobb éned lenni
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"A genuine seeker of the truth... I recommend him without reservation for anyone that wants to learn advanced aikido."
- Prof. Ralph Pettman 6th Dan Aiki-kai
“Az igazság valódi kutatója.. Fenntartás nélkül ajánlom őt azoknak, akik haladó szintű aikidót szeretnének tanulni.”
- Ralph Pettman professzor, 6 danos Aiki-kai
Here is a free introductory ebook on Aikido that I wish I had read when I was starting out..
Going For A Walk In the World
by Prof. Ralph Pettman 6th Dan (AKI)