Video Introduction to Aikido


The YouTube playlist Aikido - Introduction contains postings that you may find valuable as a visual introduction to Aikido.  The playlist opens in a new browser tab.  The postings have been made by other people, not myself, so it is not possible for me to enter descriptions on YouTube for the playlist entries.  The following is a brief description for each entry:

  1. Irie Sensei (2014). Demonstration of Aikido attack-response principles. After his inital engagement with each attack, Irie Sensei matches the speed, force and nature of his technique to the ability of the attacker to respond safely to the technique. 
  2. Okamoto Sensei (2014). Video synopsis of an Aikido seminar/ course. Captures the nature and spirit of Aikido instruction and training during an Aikido seminar/course, or indeed a regular Aikido class.
  3. Endo Sensei (2010). A real-time snippet from footage of an Aikido seminar/ course. My take on this lesson: Responding to attack, dynamically control the attacker's balance. The logic of engagement requires keeping contact or breaking away to rally; breaking away (not always possible) can leave you exposed, and you also miss the learning opportunity created by the engagement. Contact without connection is futile.  Keep contact, maintain connection - learn and enjoy!
  4. Tamura Sensei (2008). A flavour of learning difficulties. Teaser: Can you see why Tamura Sensei's technique works and the students are not successful?
  5. Russian Team (World Combat Games 2013). Weapon-taking demonstration. 
  6. Suganuma Sensei: Ki-Do-Ma - Timing, degree, distance. This is a short talk by Suganuma Sensei, who speaks from his own experience. True interchange of knowledge/ wisdom is always suggestive rather than dogmatic. 
  7. Tamura Sensei: A short talk by Tamura Sensei. I include the following remark as a footnote to Tamura Sensei's talk:  It's your life, your journey. Preserve it. Enjoy your experience in this one place!
  8. Beginner roll tutorial.  This is a video about rolling, created and published by a Parkour instructor. It is meant to be reassuring, in case you found some of the breakfalls in the previous videos daunting to look at. In Parkour, rolling is a basic skill, learnt safely at your own pace, with expert instruction and guidance. The same in Aikido. 

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