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Spread-finger tegatana versus Squeezed-together-finger tegatana

I apologize if I'm not exactly answering your question, as I can't speak directly to Yoshinkan or Shodokan: I am not a part of either organization. However, I am a Hapkido-in, and who practices the ...
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Benefits of training in a hakama…

Honestly, it seems to be largely tradition (with said tradition basically stemming back to a fashion trend in the aristocracy), with many practitioners pointing out that it creates a tripping hazard. ...
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Spread-finger tegatana versus Squeezed-together-finger tegatana

Yoshinkan Gozo Shioda describes (in Total Aikido, page 31): Open up the fingers of the hand. […] The fingers of both hands should be pointing at the base of your partner's throat. Beginners tend ...
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Shodokan or Tomiki Aikido, which is the proper name for the style and organization?

Style name(s)… "Tomiki Aikido" is a misnomer. However, keep on reading. Tomiki started teaching his system of learning/teaching Aikido before naming it. Thus, people (especially in the USA) started ...
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Benefits of training in a hakama…

For me, the hakama simply belongs to the art. At my dojo, people are encouraged to wear the hakama as soon as they decide that they are going to make Aikido a siginificant part of their life, i.e., ...
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Explanation of the goshin-ho kata…

⚠ Disclaimer: I am still learning about the goshin-ho and thus the below is best seen as a work in progress… Anyone with a more complete answer is welcome to post it. Any errors, confusion, and ...
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Origins of the ura-waza

The kata in this video shows the basic applications of kaeshi waza, meaning counter techniques. The history of kaeshi waza goes before the foundation of aikido, it is already a known concept in older ...
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Looking for videos about Shodokan Aikido Basic Techniques

This is perfectly normal. Remember that instructors do not expect you to get it right, they expect you to try. ☺ Your best bet is to keep going to classes and try everything. The most important part ...
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Can any arbitrary technique be used to counter a certain technique in Shodokan aikido?

Mostly yes… There are two kaeshi waza in shodokan aikido: The first, the ura-waza kaeshi waza which is a set of ten fixed counters. The origins of the kata are unclear to me although I can see why ...
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Explanation of the goshin-ho kata…

Goshin ho no kata was developed by Tetsuro Nariyama. I first learned of in the mid 1990s. I saw Nariyama demonstrate it in 1996 in Baltimore, MD. Much of the kata involves using waza from ju nana ...
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Can Zenpou hiyaku ukemi be used to replace Zenpou kaiten ukemi?

First, zenpou hiyaku ukemi (also known as tobu ukemi or a flip) is nothing but a forward roll (zempo kaiten ukemi) where tori holds uke's hand. They are the same rolls but depending on which technique ...
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Benefits of training in a hakama…

I'm a huge critic of the hakama, and of its related bane - sawari-waza. I've been given many reasons over the years, from fashion, history, tradition, hiding footwork, managing strides... In the ...
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Benefits of training in a hakama…

Hakama are traditional horse-riding pants and come in a number of styles. They were worn in Aikido because back when Morihei Ueshiba began teaching, it was part of traditional clothing, and not ...
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Spread-finger tegatana versus Squeezed-together-finger tegatana

Anatomically you have to think about what you are doing with that hand and arm. If you open the hand the wrist expands and is harder to hold onto (for someone grabbing the wrist) In Shorinji Kempo ...
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Origins of the ura-waza

The ura-waza was developed by Tomiki-sensei as an example of counter techniques that could be done within toshu randori. However, two problems emerged: First, toshu randori tended to end up as Judo ...
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