Tameshigiri

Tameshigiri (試し斬) is a targeted cutting with a sword test. During tameshigiri a swordsman skill is testing these days. Different materials are used to test. Mostly rice straw (wara), top layer of tatami mats (goza), bamboo and much more.

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Ivan Novikov

6th dan Aikikai Sensei Ivan Novikov is a President of an oldest in Russia Martial Arts club named Lenkai, a Head Coach of the National Council of Aikido in Russia, a Father of FIVE children and a great person to be with, I prove!

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Why Mokuso?

Mokuso is a japanese term for silent meditation. First kanji reads as “moku” and means silence or stop and the second one is “so” and means to think or focus. Mokuso is a common way to start and to end a training session in the japanese martial arts and especially aikido.

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Dang Thong Phong

Dang Thong Phong was born in 1935. He started his Martial Arts career from Han Bai Duong Vietnamese Shaolin Kung-fu and Judo and from 1958 he added Aikido and Taekwondo to the list of his favourite activities and he continues to follow his choices even now, after almost 60 years.

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Donovan Waite

If you ever tried to find some good educational videos about ukemi – there’s a good chance that you stopped looking right when Donovan Waite Meeting the Mat explanations were found. This is what happened to me. You may get no idea why it’s attractive but you will get the feel that everything should work […]

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Bjorn Eirik Olsen

Bjorn Eirik Olsen Shihan represents Norway Aikikai. He is presently holding a 7th Dan and is the Chief instructor of the Norwegian Aikido Federation. He also holds seminars regularly in Greece and England, and has a close relationship to Aikido in Vietnam.

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Vassilis Nykteris

Vassilis Nykteris holds a 5th dan that is based in Greece. He’s running a biggest dojo there and is representing Aikido Aikikai of the country. He also founded Aikido Academy of Athens and Aikido Academy of Cyprus.

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Kenji Shimizu

Kenji Shimizu is one of the last direct students of the Morihei Ueshiba. After the death of the founder made his own own schoold of the aikido named Tendoryu. He was holding a 7th dan in aikido at that time.

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Yasunari Kitaura

Not much of the people, who had a chance to learn under O-Sensei himself, are still with us these days. They are in demand even much more then it’s physically possible to a young man, not an old one which they are. Yasunari Kitaura  is one of this small count and he still there to teach what […]

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Miyamoto Musashi – The Book of Five Rings

Miyamoto Musashi (1584 – June 13, 1645), also known as Shinmen Takezo, was an expert Japanese swordsman and ronin. Musashi, as he was often simply known, became reknowned through stories of his excellent and unique double-bladed swordsmanship and undefeated record in his 60 duels. He was the founder of the Hyoho Niten Ichi-ryu style of […]

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