Instruction

Instruction

6 Seasons

A window into how we approach our learning. Classes, workshops, small group, and individual instruction.

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Instruction
  • Introduction

    Episode 1

    Through our exchange program with the Inosanto Academy, we've gained exposure to strategies and tactics that can be universally applied to attacks, defenses, and positioning. We've also experienced engaging new training methods that fall outside of standard Aikido practice parameters.

    While th...

  • Movement Efficiency

    Episode 2

    Generate speed and seize initiative through movement path efficiency. A deep understanding of this principle leads to effortless and lightning fast attacks, defenses, and techniques. Efficient movement paths and intelligent movement linking provide an unquestionable edge for a martial artist.

  • The Target

    Episode 3

    Understanding human anatomy and key vital targets can bring significant benefit and understanding to both sword and empty handed practice. Knowing how our Aikido techniques and weapons interact with different anatomical targets will improve the effectiveness of throws, deflections, controls, and ...

  • Range
    12:32
    Episode 4

    Range

    Episode 4

    Aikidoka typically practice at middle range (punching or grabbing distance). However, both armed and unarmed engagements often change rapidly between long, middle, and close range. Understanding how range impact attacks, defenses, and techniques completely transforms how one responds in a dynamic...

  • Funneling Attacks

    Episode 5

    In traditional Aikido practice, we usually deal with a response to a single attack. Supplementing this practice with a model that shows how to improve response capability against multiple / follow up attacks can provide a substantial boost in effectiveness for our Aikido. Understanding this kind ...

  • Movement Flow

    Episode 6

    A non-traditional training method that develops movement fluency, builds familiarization with lines of attack, and develops subconscious responses to threats. It's also an incredibly fun and engaging practice format.

  • Student Training

    Episode 7

    Students experiment with attacks, defenses, and movement combinations in this exploratory exercise. They make fatal mistakes, find new lines of attack, and begin to understand how they best leverage their individual strengths.

  • Summary
    06:38
    Episode 8

    Summary

    Episode 8

    A summary of key concepts covered in the workshop and conclusions regarding relevance and applications for our traditional Aikido practice.