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#414539 - 01/17/09 09:23 PM Exercising outside the dojo
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In the best of worlds, Aikido is practiced in a dojo with a partner but often the job, or school, or personnal life gets in the way of our attendance to the classes.

What are the exercises that could be practiced at home ?

Thank you in advance for your advices on the matter.


Edited by Fabien (01/17/09 09:25 PM)
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#414540 - 01/17/09 10:04 PM Re: Exercising outside the dojo [Re: Fabien]
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Well, in the Yoshinkan, we have the Kihon Dosa, so that's what I personally work on.

There are also the techiques popularized by Tohei sensei, which you can find in the book "Ki in everyday life".

A lot of folks take the time outside the dojo to work with the bokken (if that's something you've studied). Or you can work related things, like flexibility, breath work, meditating, cardio, the right kind of strength training etc.

Personally, I've just gotten back into the Aiki arts after a break, so I'm working the kihon dosa everyday, doing breathing exercises (mostly taken from Systema), and using my tanren bo.

Hopefully other members can weigh in, because it's always interesting to hear what others do outside the dojo.

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#414541 - 01/18/09 12:00 AM Re: Exercising outside the dojo [Re: Ames]
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What is the Kihon Dosa ?
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#414542 - 01/18/09 07:00 AM Re: Exercising outside the dojo [Re: Fabien]
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Unsoku & Tandoku series from Shodokan/Tomiki Aikido. They are a series of solo movement excercises Kenji Tomiki devised for his Aikido. If stories are true, he came up with these while in a small prison cell (he was detained by the Soviet Army for over 3 years).

Unsoku & Tandoku:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=3DF_Y6YbvnA
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#414543 - 01/24/09 11:47 PM Re: Exercising outside the dojo [Re: Prizewriter]
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Unsoku and Tandoku seem to be the kind of exercise I am looking for. The thing is, I am still a newbie and simply by looking at the video I am quite certain to miss some important points. Do you have more detailed information about it ?

And what is the Kihon Dosa ?
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#414544 - 01/25/09 11:13 AM Re: Exercising outside the dojo [Re: Fabien]
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The Kihon Dosa are the basic solo exercises from Yoshinkan Aikido that are done before every class. Here is a video example of them:

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=urZChurQIp8

They can also all be performed with a bokken. For more information of how they are specifically done, I would suggest the book 'Aikido: The Complete Basic Techniques', by Gozo Shioda, as there is a good explanation of how to perfrom them there.

--Chris
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#414545 - 01/25/09 11:59 AM Re: Exercising outside the dojo [Re: Fabien]
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Finer points? How long do you have lol!

You should try and find a Tomiki/Shodokan class. Go for a few lessons if you can, and you will learn the basics.

I would just worry about Unsoku for now. Here is a more detailed explanation:

http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=EWvkQcpGywA

Also consider doing something like Iaido if you can. I know Aikido-ka who do Japanese sword arts, they say it really helps them.
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#414546 - 01/25/09 12:26 PM Re: Exercising outside the dojo [Re: Prizewriter]
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Yeah, I'll have to second Prize's suggestion of studying a sword art--it really can help improve your Aikido. Something like Iaido might be good.

Also, as long as you have gotten the basics of sword handling from Aikido (posture, not overinvolving the shoulders), I think tanren bo can be an excellent exercise to do solo. Here is an article which shows the basics:

http://ejmas.com/pt/ptart_taylor_1200.htm

Although Kim Taylor does say it, I just want to make it clear that you really should practice these exercises with a bokken first and get the hang of them.

--Chris
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#414547 - 01/25/09 04:49 PM Re: Exercising outside the dojo [Re: Ames]
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Please be aware when combining study of Aikido and Iaido that the placement of your feet and the squareness of your shoulders will vary, depending on styles.

In Muso Shinden Iaido your shoulders and both feet point straight forward. In Aikido the pictures of Osensei show him slightly leading with one shoulder while his trailing foot points outward. Might not seem like much, but it can sure screw up an Iaido kata.

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#414548 - 01/26/09 02:37 PM Re: Exercising outside the dojo [Re: iaibear]
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I've heard my Sensei say much the same thing, iaibear. He says that iaido helps for the hands and arms, but not the footwork. Jodo, so I'm told, is good for this aspect (footwork) as they are very much alike (he used the words "the same").

So Iaido for the hands, and Jodo for the feet then, I guess.

--Chris
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