Inside Nihon Goshin Aikido ~ #76
Inside This Edition:
December is here:
We are pleased to announce the formation of a Nihon Goshin Aikido study group in Florida.
David Somers will be adding our curriculum to classes, as well as pursuing rank at his Seishinkan Budo Kai dojo. Exciting times!
Spectacular Applications with the Tenshin Movement! You can do it! Think of a Reverse Wrist Blend in terms of Depth, but generally with the opposite foot forward. Draw Uke just past his intended target and into the Event Horizon of the biggest Aikido Black Hole in the universe, and destroy! Simple, and fun, and possibly new to some. See the video to the left demonstrating Arm Bar Throw & Spin Around Applications from a Round House punch using the Tenshin movement.
It's not to late to revise your Aikido Christmas Wish List
So there are all kinds of great gift giving ideas out there, but they are wonderfully better with an aikido theme. Throw off the typical gifts you ask for. How many circular saws does one man need?
What you really need this Christmas is more Aikido inventory.
In an attempt to set you up for success, I've created my top 10 Aikido Gift Giving Ideas.
10. 2" Thick Mats ~ What better way to train than to turn your basement or extra bedroom into a dojo! Wal-Mart has the deal. I've been using the Balancefrom mats in my dojo on recommendation of another dojo-cho. Simple awesomeness, and very inexpensive relative to other providers. No excuse to have a hard floor with this solid flooring option out there.
9. A new hakama. Hakamas are like electric guitars (and circular saws) in many ways. Your first one sucked, and you immediately wanted a better one. Once you got the guitar (saw) you wanted ~ you realized that one was not enough... That's when you knew you wanted all of them. Hakamas are the same way as guitars and saws. I have always liked Iwata hakamas, and they now have a heavy black one ~ it might be time to pull the trigger on one of these authentic Japanese beauties. Think on these things.
8. A new training gi that features a thicker jacket. I recommend the Toraki Gold gi. It's the gi I personally use, and it never fails to get positive comments like, "Holy Cow! That is the thickest gi jacket I've ever seen!!" The jacket's thickness has a purpose. Wearing a Toraki Gold gi jacket is like adding an extra half inch of mat thickness to your existing dojo mat. The directions say, "Wash a minimum of 10 times to soften the material before wearing." Let me tell you, it'll take more washes than that... I'm well over 100 washes and the jacket is still bulletproof. In fact, it didn't really start to soften up until this past summer when I ran a rope through the sleeves of the wet gi top, tied either end of the rope to two trees in my back yard, and hit the gi top with a baseball bat about 100 times an hour until it completely dried. It's softer, but it's is still not soft enough. I need to do it again. This gi will last a life time.
7. Another set of nuchaka. As my daughter has matured (and is now almost 17), I've discovered it's a nice skill to be able to instantly intimidate the guys who might like to take my daughter out on a date. My default action of intimidation is simply tearing a coke can into two pieces with my bare hands (yes it can be done), but I can also see value in the display of a Japanese close quarters weapon also. "Do you know you can crush a concrete block with one of these things?" ~ eyes widen" (dramatic pause) "Imagine what it could do to your ~~ eh... ~ some poor guy’s skull." lol Most of our Aikido cousins don't train with the nuchaka, or the short staff, so this recommendation may seem a bit out of place to many casual readers, but it's right in our wheelhouse.
6. A complete set of kendo sparring gear. Set them up in your dojo, because they're awesome to look at, and you won't have an excuse of "not having the armor" if you ever decide to study kendo. I have two complete sets for... reasons.
How about periodicals for the intellectually oriented?
Books & DVDs:
Here is an interesting and compelling book and DVD on why it might be cool to seamlessly transition from standing to ground and back to standing using aikido principles. Last year, the author asked me write a review for this book and DVD series. You can read my review here.
This is an encyclopedia of all 50 Classical Techniques, Strikes, Blocks, Kicks, and Ki Techniques. Except for applications, it presents everything you need to earn your sho-dan in Nihon Goshin Aikido. If you don't already have it, you should get it. It will save you sleepless nights when you wake up with the burning questions like, "Do I enter slightly on the Arm Bar Throw, or just step back?" (Answer: Just step back).
2. Sensei Robert MacEwen's DVD series on Classical Techniques & Applications
Sensei Steven Weber's DVD series on Classical Techniques & Applications
I have not provided links to these videos. If you can’t find them on your own, you don’t want them bad enough.
Newly designed " Nihon Goshin Aikido Demonstration Shirt." Imagine a shirt with a hand print on the shoulder that says, “For a Free Aikido Demonstration, Place Hand Here.” It is awesome, and you really, really need one or two. $25 pre-order. Click here to order yours now.
1.b. An NGAexperience.com Coffee Cup Set ~ Perfect for keeping your eggnog cool, or your coffee hot. You know in my mind, Eggnog is like Spinich; you don't have to taste it to know you won't like it. Click here to order yours now.
Forward this list to your significant, gift giving other, or training partner, and rake in the Aikido goodies come Christmas Day!
I wish you Merry Christmas. My prayer is that you see God daily bestowing his full measure of grace on your family, friends, and work now and through the coming year.
Mystery Articles of Interest
I hope you have a great month in training. Let's meet together on the mat and soon.
Unless otherwise stated, the author’s views, musings, and opinions do not necessarily reflect the attitude of leadership within any of the various Nihon Goshin Aikido associations, or unaffiliated Nihon Goshin Aikido dojos.
Tenshin Movement Applications:
Arm Bar Throw & Spin Around
Exploring uke behavior off a double jacket grab which leads nage to a ground Come Along submission.
The Difference between Training and Learning is the Number of Repetitions You Crank Out in 2 Minutes
Sweet Arm Bar Application from the Bottom of the Fight.
If you can cross your legs, you can do this technique.
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