Ido Portal about Movement

Some notes from Ido’s interviews:

Specialist vs. Generalist

  • Start from specialist, after some time approach generalist
  • Bad side of specialist:
    • lose humanity. Human is generalist, can do the most complex movements, can do everything, but just a tiny bit
    • Lose happiness of being human
    • Specialists are necessary for development, but they suffer

Improvisation: Let it go through you

Repetition: Not apprecicated

Learning vs. using: “The man who lives inside his head”, Information is toxic, like water.

Isolation -> Integration -> Improvisation

You need to listen to your body by creating relationship: Practice, Learning.

Move alone vs. with partners: With partners have to organize vs. space & other people

Injuries: Can’t avoid, have to accept and growth from it. Continue to move. Rest only help in short time, temporarilty.


As long as you live in this body, the real question is not if you want to move, but is how well do you move.

Normal weakness: Spine, walk, basic – not decorated patterns. Don’t walk enough -> not coordinated enough. Walking is a coordination exercise.

How much movement is enough? If your body satisfy with the mmt, it’s enough – if not, not enough.

All movement are inside us, we need to learn ourselves like when we’re children.

Playfullness in movement needs to be regain -> relearn how to play.

Sports are containers of movement playfulness, they limit the development, not as a human. But it’s better than nothing.

Fitness: the worst movement category – sad, empty world, only for people who’re actually moving to solve some specific problems.

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Trọng tâm

Thứ 7 ngày 12/5, sau buổi tập với Claude, có một buổi tranh luận khá gay gắt giữa thầy và Claude. Tranh luận về các kỹ thuật Ikyo, Nikyo và Shiho Nage, theo mình thì xoay quanh vấn đề về trọng tâm.

  • Claude đánh thẳng vào trọng tâm của uke, lấy trọng tâm của mình chiếm lấy trọng tâm của uke, làm uke mất thăng bằng.
  • Thầy dẫn uke ra xa khỏi trọng tâm, dùng trọng tâm của mình kéo uke ra khỏi trọng tâm của uke, làm uke mất thăng bằng. Thầy tin là cách của Claude chỉ thích hợp với người to lớn, có lợi thế khi lực đối lực.

Hai cách khác nhau để làm mất thăng bằng của uke. Mỗi cách đều có ưu điểm cần phải đào sâu thêm. Điều hơi buồn là tranh luận này dẫn đến Claude cảm thấy hơi bị tổn thương vì kỹ thuật của ông không thuyết phục được thầy. Ông nhắn tin nói là thứ 7 này sẽ không đến lớp.

Categories: Nhật ký Aikido

Techniques with Kick/Punch

On the last day training with Claude, he showed us how to perform techniques with kick and punch attacks. We warmed up with a pair shomen attack/defense exercise. Then we start with katate dori Irimi Nage. He focused on the way Uchi entered to Uke’s blind spot – leave the grabbed hand unmoved, just enter the body and then use the un-grabbed hand to release the grabbed hand. And again, Uke needs to move his head to keep looking into Uchi’s eyes then Uchi performs Irimi Nage. The same principles will be used for kick and punch attacks: Hand movement, Body movement, Keeping eye contact. But to defense with a real attack, Timing is another important factor that needs to be trained.

Categories: Nhật ký Aikido

August 22

Today I took a day off to be recovered from the seminars. I did some stretching exercises at 6:50AM instead and felt much better. These are the movements that I’m learning and I found out it’s perfect to start a day with these stretching.

Categories: Nhật ký Aikido

Claude Depannage sensei visit

Claude Sensei from France visited us on Sat Aug 5th. He is 55 years old, has been training Aikido for since twenty years old and hold the 3rd dan 10 years ago. He trained with Christian Tissier sensei for 10 years, until he got the 2nd dan. He told me he and the other 2 senseis are the first group of blackbelt under Christian sensei, now the other 2 guys are 6th dan and he is too lazy to take exam.

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Bruce Robertson Sensei Visit

We had 3 training sessions with Sensei Bruce this summer (12 – 15 Aug). This year he taught us on Aikido fluidity (“dancing” with my wife), self defense, and safely control techniques. We’re happy to see he’s still very strong, flexible and training/teaching hard at the age 64 (he was born 1953). He was training for Manila Drug rehab security teams on the safely control techniques, which are very effective to take the drug users to the rehab centers. He also stressed on keeping center, elbows closed to body and circle movement when performing techniques. Read more…

Haruo Matsuoka

Full techniques.

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