Tag: Martial Arts

Henry Kono Aikido

I didn’t get to train with Henry (he did not like to be called sensei) as long as some of his other students.  Like his other students, though, his insight and teaching of aikido left a lasting and profound impact on those he taught, myself included.

It forever changed the way I approach both my aikido and martial arts training.

Somewhere I have some video of Henry.  Not doing aikido on the mats, but a rare capture of some time on a short break off the mats.  When I find it. i will share it here.  For now, enjoy this wonderful article:

http://feministaikidoka.blogspot.com/2016/08/remembering-henry-kono.html?m=1

Henry Kono

William Stynetski

Tanto Waza at Aikido Plano Dojo (bladed weapon application)

Aikido comes from a long history of many different styles of jujutsu. Although not always in line with the accepted underlying philosophies of aikido, it is important to understand where aikido comes from. As such, every now and then my own exposure to traditional jujutsu does get mixed in with my aikido classes.

This is some tanto waza, or knife technique.  Not defending against a knife, but defending against a potentially life ending kick from the attacker.

Here we are not concerned with justifying the use of deadly force or how much force is acceptable under current law.  In this case, these techniques were designed to dispose of an enemy on the battlefield as quickly as possible, and we practice them through completion of the kata.

William Stynetski

 

Aikido Hanka Waza and Sutemi Waza – Yokomenuchi Koshinage Hanka Yoko Otoshi

Nice example of using a hanka waza to sutemi waza when a koshinage does not quite pan out.  My uke here has about 75 pounds on me, and in aikido application, there should not be a struggle to make a technique work.

 

Blast From the Past

Came across this old photo the other day. That’s me in the middle.

Aikido Plano Dojo Me and 2 Shihan

To my right, Shihan Sosa, and to my left Shihan Park.

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Are adults allowed to strike children in martial arts?

I hit mine all the time to show where and how they are open.

It isn’t a death blow, if it is to the face, it is a tap on the forehead. I have also used a fist making connection to the jaw line, again not a strike per say, but I simply place my fist along their jaw and keep it their a couple of seconds. I may also use it to push through, turning their head a bit.

For the body it is a little different. I usually will target the ribs or the chest, and use just enough force for them to squirm if it is to the ribs, and a decent little thump if it is to the chest. To the chest, I am not looking for any kind of force or power, but more wanting the nice thud sound effect.82bbcd1a7e1621a0db451a5f2c4a3ee3

At the same time I show them how to correct their position to reduce the chances of being hit again. It may take a few times, but eventually they get it.

I also encourage them to strike me from time to time exposing my own openings to them (or what would be the openings of a potential attacker).

This does not always fare so well for me, because they have not yet learned to control their power, but so be it.

William Stynetski

https://www.quora.com/Are-adults-allowed-to-strike-children-in-martial-arts/answer/William-Stynetski

Yin Yang Described, by William Stynetski

How Would You Describe Yin and Yang?

They are two different and inseperable states of being, of energy.

Think of a large wave rolling up onto shore. As the wave crashes onto the shore washing up seaweed and driftwood, this is yang.

That same wave, as it recedes and goes back out to sea is yin. It still has power and force, just in a different direction/manner.

It is powerful enough to take that same driftwood back out to sea, or carry a person caught in its undertow miles away from shore.

Hot is yang…enough to boil water.

Cold is yin…enough to freeze water.

Hot water releases steam which can be ussd as energy.

Freezing water expands as it freezes and this expansion also has a force of its own. Think of water entering a geologic fissure and then freezing, causing a fracture in a rock formation.

Yin is just as powerful as yang, just in a different way.

As a sidenote, the expansion of the freezing water technically is a yang feature, and is an example of what is meant when you hear that there is yang within yin and yin within yang. In this instance the freezing water is yin, and the resulting force of the expansion of the freezing water is the yang within yin.

This is represented, in the yin and yang symbol, by the black dot in the white half of the circle (yin within yang), and in the case of yang within yin (expansion of freezing water), the white dot in the black half of the circle.

It is always a state of flux, waxing or waning, and nothing can be completely either 100% yin, or 100% yang.

-William Stynetski

https://www.quora.com/How-would-you-describe-Yin-and-Yang/answer/William-Stynetski