I have been doing quite a bit of searching into the various styles of Aikido to see what they have in common with what I practice - as well as seeking to incorporate any techniques or ideologies from them that would help improve my training.
In this thread, I want to concentrate on Yoshinkan Aikido.
I have some comments & questions based on what info I have gathered thus far.
Feel free to jump in if you have anything to add.
- Apparently attacks are based on 'push' and 'pull' - if its not a strike of course.
What I have noticed is that Ai-Hanmi seems to be the 'pull' & Gyaku Hanmi seems to be the 'push'.
The above is interesting to me, as we have never really isolated it like that.
- What is more interesting to me, however, is that it appears when doing katate tori from Ai-Hanmi, there is no cross over grab.
Not really the best way to put it, as it doesnt really feel you are crossing over per say. - What I mean is that all grabs for the wrist are aiming for ukes mirroring hand...both in Gyaku and Ai-Hanmi.
The reason that this strikes me as interesting, is that it seems that you would, in Ai-Hanmi, go for the opposite hand to grab as its closer to you. (We practice it this way.)
Either way, I suppose that the method done in Yoshinkan is specifically due to the ideology of 'push' & 'pull', which has some merit to the logic in it.
I would be curious to hear from some people in Yoshinkan about their thoughts concerning the differences on the emphasis in grab in Ai-Hanmi. (i.e. going for mirror hand of uke, vs. going for the closer one...)
- The other thing that I noted was the fact that uke & tori both 'scoot', as it were toward each other in doing a technique.
In other words, they do not alternate legs, but kind of slide together.
Again, from a different perspective, the way I have practiced is a more natural movement, as it were, where the legs alternate.
In a real life situation, people wouldnt scoot toward each other.
Yet, I suppose it would not matter for tori what uke does...they can respond easily without having to switch feet back and forth. (Dont know, still thinking this through...help me out with your thoughts from your experience with this.)
- The other area is omote & ura.
It appears that omote is Ai-Hanmi only.
And Gyaku Hanmi is Ura only.
Again, Im sure it has something to do with what was just mentioned about the style of the footwork practiced within Yoshinkan Aikido and the philosophy behind that.
None-the-less, interested in thoughts and opinions about that as well. (i.e., what about doing ura with Ai Hanmi, and Omote with Gyaku? Im used to practicing both omote & ura with Ai & Gyaku Hanmi, though I will admit some techniques seem suited for either Omote or Ura...)
Anyway, thats just a few observations/questions to get the ball rolling. Im extremely tired right now, so hopefully this made some sense.
Just to reiterate, this is not a, "I do it this way so it must be right" - I see value in variety...just want to better understand the hows and whys, and try to incorporate as much as I can as I go along...or risk being too stubborn and locked in my ways when something new comes along.