Tag Archives: jitsu

Kote gaeshi

Kote gaeshi is a popular wrist lock in both jitsu and aikido.  Both those martial arts teach a “jump out” from the lock.  Dan Djurdjevic has explained a range of counter- techniques from a kote gaeshi application in his blog.  … Continue reading

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Falling with grace

Feedback Firstly, thank you to all that gave me feedback on my last post over on Google Plus.  Your comments have been helpful in many ways, and I hope to write a follow up article on the matter. Falling On … Continue reading

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Dojo Discipline

Dojo discipline, it would appear, is a touchy subject. Firstly on the existence of it, and secondly on how it is administered. Last year I was on a course which spent part of the afternoon training with a boken. Not … Continue reading

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Mixed up abomination

What is this abomination?! I admit I became a little snobbish when I saw a martial art school recently advertising in my area.  “Little bit of everything, specialising in nothing,” I sneered to my companion. I know I’m not alone … Continue reading

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Be careful what you wish for

I have had to take a break from training this week, due to my lack of reactions while practising my aikido at the weekend.  It was a small class, just the four of us and sensei.  With me were two … Continue reading

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The energy of the mind is the essence of life

I have spent an enjoyable weekend training in aikido with Matthew Holland.   A question he asked of us was, “what is kokyu?”  Now my instant thought was, “breath or air throw,” which indeed was the answer one akidoka gave.  But … Continue reading

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A small matter of not seeking a black belt

There have been occasions when my sensei’s have wiggled their black belts at us and asked, “so, who wants one of these?”  (Which then leads to a talk on the need and desire to train regularly and that the belt … Continue reading

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Belt up

In many martial arts there is a teaching syllabus, with students being awarded progressively higher grades as they become more competent.  Formal grading examinations may exist, or a teacher may declare a student to have consistently demonstrated competence at a … Continue reading

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Oh get a grip!

“Sorry, I’m not at my best.  We had to leave home at half five this morning in order to come to this course.”  These were the words spoken to me after a fellow jitsuka failed to block a relatively slow … Continue reading

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Hakama horrors

Hakama.  For those not familiar with Japanese martial arts hakama are the big baggy trousers (normally black or deep blue) worn over the white gi, (the pyjama like clothing for the uninitiated).  There is all sorts of self-imposed dojo etiquette … Continue reading

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Stop! I’m really confused now. . .

More than one is a help? “I think your Jitsu background makes it easier to learn Aikido,” said someone casually to me in the changing rooms last week.  “Really?” came my astonished reply, “it doesn’t feel like it.” Now I … Continue reading

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On being a bad uke

Either my Saturday Aikido sensei is reading my blog or he’s developed the ability to read my mind, because this week our training focused on the movements of uke.  Additionally  I was delighted at the range of feedback and discussion … Continue reading

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Making a good uke

Uke: Receiver of the technique.  (The person initiating the attack.) Ukemi: Receiving with the body.  Sometimes stated as break falling. Ukemi waza: Receiving techniques.   “50% of your time spent on the mat is an uke.  Learn to use this … Continue reading

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“Oh look, it’s someone different.”

A woman walks into a Judo class. . . A woman walks into a Judo class and all the men on the mat stare.  They’ve never had a woman show up for this class before. Sounds like the start of … Continue reading

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And in other news

There are multiple direct benefits from learning a martial art.  I’m sure most of you reading this will acknowledge at least one item from the following common list. Self defence Increased self-confidence Greater patience Becoming a better person in general … Continue reading

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