Welcome to AikiWeb Aikido Information
AikiWeb: The Source for Aikido Information
AikiWeb's principal purpose is to serve the Internet community as a repository and dissemination point for aikido information.

aikido articles


dojo search
image gallery
links directory

book reviews
video reviews
dvd reviews
equip. reviews


rss feeds

Follow us on

Home > AikiWeb Aikido Forums
Go Back   AikiWeb Aikido Forums > General

Hello and thank you for visiting AikiWeb, the world's most active online Aikido community! This site is home to over 22,000 aikido practitioners from around the world and covers a wide range of aikido topics including techniques, philosophy, history, humor, beginner issues, the marketplace, and more.

If you wish to join in the discussions or use the other advanced features available, you will need to register first. Registration is absolutely free and takes only a few minutes to complete so sign up today!

Thread Tools
Old 04-16-2006, 06:11 AM   #26
Amelia Smith
Amelia Smith's Avatar
Dojo: Martha's Vineyard Aikido Club
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 154
Re: Using your centre during training

There's a video, and if you google Saito, suburi, and maybe kumitachi, you might come up with a website or two which lists and describes them, but the description won't do much good without having a basis in it already. Really, you should get someone to show you. Ask around at your local dojo, or maybe check out a Saito-lineage seminar, where they might be covered.
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2006, 06:35 AM   #27
Mark Uttech
Dojo: Yoshin-ji Aikido of Marshall
Location: Wisconsin
Join Date: Feb 2004
Posts: 1,224
Re: Using your centre during training

Justin you can find info at www.budovideos.com The seven suburi are in Volume 1 of Traditional Aikido by M. Saito. And are also shown on a dvd . Good luck
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2006, 03:53 PM   #28
Location: swansea wales
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 250
United Kingdom
Re: Using your centre during training

cheers mark been searching all nite for these they dont come cheap there is one guy selling a double boxset on amazon for £400 gulp !

i will just have to train harder in class to remember them !!
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-17-2006, 07:54 PM   #29
Amelia Smith
Amelia Smith's Avatar
Dojo: Martha's Vineyard Aikido Club
Join Date: Apr 2003
Posts: 154
Re: Using your centre during training

You could try this source: http://www.budovideos.com/shop/custo...39&cat=&page=1
At 57 euro and change, it's not exactly cheap, but it's no 400 sterling, either. Yikes!

That said, it's probably better for your martial training to just pay attention in class, and work harder there. In class, you can practice "stealing the technique" instead of getting lazy and hitting rewind on the video.
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2006, 01:04 AM   #30
Dojo: Stockholms Aikidoklubb
Location: Stockholm
Join Date: Apr 2004
Posts: 601
Re: Using your centre during training

I´ve heard lots of good stuff about Hoa Newens dvds :http://www.budovideos.com/shop/custo...50&cat=&page=1

And there is always the Aikiken/Aikijo-dvd by Saito sensei himself:
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2006, 02:14 AM   #31
Saw Y. C. Naw
Location: San Jose, CA
Join Date: Mar 2006
Posts: 14
Re: Using your centre during training

Stephen Adams wrote:

I've been training in Aikido for a couple months and I know that your centre is very important in Aikido, but how do you concentrate on centre when training.

I find that when I'm trying to perform a technique if I try to concentrate on my centre my either my footwork suffers or my arms flap around.

So what techniques do you use to focus on your centre while training, do you try to suck in and tense up your centre before starting a technique?

I've been doing Aikido for barely eight months, so please anyone correct me if I'm wrong.

When sensei tells you to "use your center" or "move with your center", a common thing I feel my partners do is move their center as an isolated part of their body. This is why your footwork suffers and your arms flop around, since thinking of and moving the center by itself results in merely dragging the rest of your body along with it.

The better thing to do is to use your center as the focal point of the body -- the hub that connects and powers every other part of the body. Energy comes from the center, but when performing a technique, it is merely raw energy unless a connection from the center to the arms and hands is established.

You've been training for two months, so I guess you've done a number of Tai no Henko (basic blend) from a mirror-image hand grab. At the very start of the technique, nice and slow, as your fingertips point downward and your arm begins to descend, imagine a wave of energy flowing out from your center to your arms and out your fingertips. Maintain this feeling until the end of the technique. You might get a distinctly different, more comfortable feeling of the technique. This is how it feels to have moved with "ki".

Like several other people have mentioned, do this and every other technique very slowly at the start because it's much easier to feel your center and your ki when you're focusing on those and not the speed of your movement. Also, don't suck up the stomach and tense at all -- that makes your ki get very angry . It likes to live in relaxed parts of the body.
  Reply With Quote
Old 04-18-2006, 08:42 AM   #32
Dojo: Aikido of Ashland
Join Date: May 2005
Posts: 395
Re: Using your centre during training

James Kelly wrote:
I would suggest not concentrating on your center. In the early days I would worry about the footwork and arm position and all that good stuff and eventually, your center will get behind the technique.

I agree, you can learn to use your center after everything else has run its course.
  Reply With Quote

Please visit our sponsor:

AikiWeb Sponsored Links - Place your Aikido link here for only $10!


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Beginners Retention Rates akiy Teaching 45 04-05-2006 11:13 PM
The Nage/Uke Dynamic - Guidelines senshincenter General 47 02-20-2006 05:20 PM
David's Drills Pauliina Lievonen General 34 02-05-2006 12:18 AM
committed attack/sensitive ukemi paradox Janet Rosen Training 30 10-13-2005 07:18 PM
*Really* Tough Training… jxa127 Training 29 05-09-2001 07:49 AM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 10:25 AM.

vBulletin Copyright © 2000-2018 Jelsoft Enterprises Limited
Copyright 1997-2018 AikiWeb and its Authors, All Rights Reserved.
For questions and comments about this website:
Send E-mail
plainlaid-picaresque outchasing-protistan explicantia-altarage seaford-stellionate