Aikido posture and mutual stance

Right oblique posture is ordinarily required in Ken exercises. Conversely, empty-handed exer­cises require left oblique posture. The latter case is because the initial stance between the two partners is more than two steps apart so that when they mutually take one step forward with their right foot, they may come into contact with each other …

Japanese Dojo

The dojo is the place where the Way is studied (practiced). In modern times, the dojo is usually perceived as a place where martial arts are taught. But the true spiritual concept of a dojo is much more precise. The Sanskrit word bodhimandala is the basis of the Japanese understanding of the dojo. Bodhimandala means …

The Hidden Blade

The Hidden Blade (隠し剣 鬼の爪, Kakushi ken: Oni no tsume, literally “Hidden Blade: Oni’s Claw”) is a 2004 film set in 1860s Japan, directed by Yoji Yamada. The plot revolves around several samurai during a time of change in the ruling and class structures of Japan. The film was written by Yamada with Yoshitaka Asama …

Energy and harmonization – Ki

In the form in which it is used in the techniques, “ki” is the saturation that comes with the right posture, the feeling of the center line, proper breathing, explosive power of focused energy, timing … They combine together and a person reaches a state of perfect balance. It can be said that mastering “ki” …