Sword Concepts

This series uses traditional Aikido sword practice to explore concepts inspired by our exchange with the Inosanto Academy. Using a common language and movements familiar to all Aikido styles, we highlight key insights gained from our cross-training with some of the world's finest bladed weapon specialists.

Each concept contains a detailed explanation, fun new training methods to explore, and an overview of the implications for our Aikido practice.

About The Inosanto Academy:
The Academy is one of the most prestigious martial arts academies in the world and has deep specialization in edged weapons. Guro Dan Inosanto has over 60 years of martial arts experience and was one of Bruce Lee's best friends and closest students. Instructors from the Academy have taught law enforcement, military special forces, professional sports teams, and the world's top masters across a range of arts.

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8 Videos

  • Introduction

    2m 14s

    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

    9m 52s

    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

    12m

    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
    12m

    Range

    12m

    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

    8m 50s

    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

    6m 33s

    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

    2m 40s

    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
    6m 38s

    Summary

    6m 38s

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