Martial Arts Journey
What is Value for your training dollar?
Fast, Slow or Half Fast
Aikido and the Street, Part 1
Difference In Training
My Quest for TenShin Aikido
What is Tenshin Aikido?
Why Don't Aikido Schools
FAST, SLOW or HALF-FAST that is the QUESTION
By Frank K. Ani, Jr.
The debate concerning
at what speed you should train in Aikido/Aikijujitsu
has always been an interesting topic.
All most twenty
years ago Grimm Sensei and I sat around our apartment
living room discussing the many aspects of martial
arts training. Our discussions ranged from “KI” all
the way to the effectiveness of other various Martial
Art styles and techniques. We agreed that
speed, timing, and “KI power” should be achieved with
a good deal of proficiency by the time you achieve
Shodan. In addition we also agreed that the
most fundamental principal when you are attempting to
learn any new techniques) is to first start by walking
through it “VERY, VERY SLOWLY” so
you will be able to analyze each move and the various
angles of attack. This is how you learn a new
technique no matter what your rank is. I have
never stated this before because I naturally believed
that all Shodans and above clearly understood this
fundamental concept for learning new techniques in
Aikido or any other martial art.
Moreover, in one of
my previous article concerning the necessity of speed
in Aikido, I clearly stated that ”speed
without proper timing is totally INEFFECTIVE
and USELESS.” Again I believed that
Shodan and above, even if you missed this sentence in
my article, should without a doubt have a clear and
complete understanding of this concept as well.
I certainly agree
that without a doubt there will be instances when you
will not need a great deal of speed when fending off
an attack in a particular manner.
Let us also look at
Shomenuchi Irimi Nage.
When the Uke has
totally over committed his attack by stepping in to
far, shifting to much of his weight forward and
cutting down vehemently to the Nage’s head enabling
the Nage to evade the Uke’s attack using very little
movement or speed at all. You must realize that it is
the Uke’s over commitment that allows the Nage to
execute a devastating Irimi Nage (Usually Sankaku No
Irimi) with little or no movement or speed required.
Also it is very
important to note that if the Nage has developed good
feints as well as flawless non-telegraphic movements
the deception or illusion of speed can and will be
Looking back it is
safe to say that Grimm Sensei and I had many
disagreements over many of the various aspects of
martial arts and how to utilize a technique. We
discovered that by getting together down at
the dojo to demonstrate and explain our personal point
of view, that we were usually saying the same thing
just using different words. In fact we
enjoyed debating with each other with regards to our
own understanding and conceptual execution of various
techniques in Aikido and other styles of martial
arts. But more than that we loved to go to the dojo
and try to prove our point of view to one another.
I invite anyone that
has a different perspective on any manner of learning
or executing any Aikido technique to do the same thing
that Grimm Sensei and I used to do. Come on over to
the Washington Aiki Dojo and lets explore each
other’s point of view in the dojo on the mat.
We can all learn some thing from one another. So
let’s get together to share and explain our concepts