The autumn leaves are falling like rain. Although my neighbors are all barbarians and you, you are a thousand miles away, there are always two cups at my table.

T’ang Dynasty poem

Ten thousand flowers in spring, the moon in autumn, a cool breeze in summer, snow in winter. If your mind isn't clouded by unnecessary things, this is the best season of your life.

~ Wu-men ~


Friday, May 25, 2012

Good Aikido Demonstration


I have a lot of trouble with aikido demonstrations. For the audience to be able to see what is going on, the demonstrator usually needs to use very large, slow techniques which look fake. You also rarely see the uke making hard, fast attacks. If he does, it makes it more difficult to respond with a large slow technique that can be seen.

Having said all of that, here’s an aikido demonstration that I really like. The uke is making attacks that we can identify with, and shite is responding in kind. Enjoy.


5 comments:

The Strongest Karate said...

That was exceptionally impressive. And was that a taser the uke held? Yikes.

Rick said...

It was closer to realistic attacks.

Paul said...

Very entertaining!!!

Journeyman said...

Great video. I love seeing good and realistic Aikido. I made some observations on my last post about unrealistic attacks in Aikido (and others) demonstrations. After that, it was great to read and see your post.

Rick said...

To practice aikido, you have to be sincere. You have to mean it.