Inside Nihon Goshin Aikido ~ #43
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This is me as nage ~ executing a Front Wrist Throw ~ at the Bon Odori 2016 Aikido Demonstration. The uke is Sensei Phi Truong
The Classic Lines of the Nihon Goshin Aikido training gi are unmistakable.
Some things simply never change. The student/ instructor uniform should be one of those things. This uniform marks a connection all the way back to the Chitose dojo, and should be preserved.
2 October 2016
Inside This Issue:
1. Attention to Orders: October Stinks. That is all.
2. Must See Video: Shihan Weber’s 5-part Video Series Is Linked Here, and it is Awesome!
3. Personal Development on the Chain Link Ki Technique (That understanding didn’t last long).
4. Nihon Goshin Aikido ~ Articles of Interest
Greetings Nihon Goshin Aikido Aficionado!
So October ~ Why is there an October? The month offers no saving grace. The calendar people should add an extra week to May, June, July, and August, and then proceed directly to November after September.
2. Must See Video: Shihan Weber Has a New Set of Videos on His Experiences in Nihon Goshin Aikido
Mr. Weber’s 5-video series on his 40 plus year experience in Nihon Goshin Aikido is up on youtube.com Filmed at the request of his students, the video series is filled with some incredible insights.
Some topics include:
the events leading to the registration of his first class,
detailed descriptions of the original Guttenburg dojo,
the fatuation with senior belts being closest to air conditioning vents,
the value of perseverance, dedication, and hard work,
the simple decision to trust your Sensei,
comparing our styles to the styles of other aikido organizations,
I’ve direct linked these videos into this newsletter (see videos to the left) in hopes that everyone will watch them. I’ve probably watched them three times each.
Personal Development on the Chain Link Ki Technique
As you may know last month, I spent the better part of 5 paragraphs explaining how my Chain Link or my Finger Ring Ki technique was changing for the better. At the time I wrote it, I perceived that discussion as one of my better articles. It even included pictures, and points of emphasis. At the end of the article, I wondered if I would agree with my assumptions in 5-years. Well, as it turns out, it took less than two weeks to disagree with everything I previously said about the Chain Link or Finger Ring Ki technique. So, if you have not read my article on the Chain Link, Good!
Over the last 2 weeks I’ve probably tested my Chain Link and Finger Ring Ki techniques on over 20 non martially arts trained people. After all of these tests ~ I can say one thing confidently, I suck at the Chain Link Ki Technique.
I wish I could say, “Do it this way.” ~ And it’ll work for you but I don’t claim to have any answers at this point. In testing, I could not keep my own fingers from being pulled apart ~ nor could I teach any of the test subjects to do it either.
I spoke with my Sensei, and he gave me some ideas to clarify what I’m doing. I’ll see how it progresses during testing in the upcoming weeks, and get back to you next month.
On a positive note, I can conclude that I have an awesome Unbendable Arm Ki Technique ~ and I can teach that ki technique to anyone using this phrase, “As he pulls down on your arm, point your finger at the wall. Take a deep breath, exhale as he pulls down and then reach out and and try to touch that wall.”
Articles of Interest
All right ~ well since I don’t officially recognize October as an official month in the Julian calendar, I’ll cut out here. I look forward to our next encounter in a real month ~~ a month that matters. See you in November?
Let’s meet together on the mat and soon!
All the best,
These are not the Ki techniques you are