The Structure of Aikido: Kenjutsu and Taijutsu Movement Relationships

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In this remarkable interpretation of the foundation of Aikido technique, Gaku Homma focuses on the relationship between Japanese swordsmanship and open-hand movement, uniting historical tradition with the contemporary development of the art of Aikido. Although the study of Kenjutsu and Aikido have long been associated, this is the first book in which actual Aikido techniques are related to sequences used with the sword. Sixteen hundred frame-by-frame photos mirror the movement ...
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Overview

In this remarkable interpretation of the foundation of Aikido technique, Gaku Homma focuses on the relationship between Japanese swordsmanship and open-hand movement, uniting historical tradition with the contemporary development of the art of Aikido. Although the study of Kenjutsu and Aikido have long been associated, this is the first book in which actual Aikido techniques are related to sequences used with the sword. Sixteen hundred frame-by-frame photos mirror the movement shared by both arts.
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Editorial Reviews

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"As a martial arts teacher, I am very impressed with the clarity and reach of this book. Gaku Homma Sensei illuminates each technique in three contexts, showing us its nuance and value in different fighting situations. Any martial artist, no matter what style he or she practices, will be captivated by the originality of his approach and the practicality of his teaching."
- Kancho Joko Ninomiya, Grand Master of Enshin Karate

"Homma Sensei's powerful teachings are truly unique! His ability to instill discipline, self-confidence, balance, and focus go well beyond the mat. I've taken his insights to many heights, including the cockpit of Boeing 747!"
- Doug Kelly, Pilot/Instructor, United Airlines

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781883319557
  • Publisher: North Atlantic Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/1997
  • Pages: 200
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.90 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Gaku Homma founded Nippon Kan Cultural Center, whose new 10,000 sq.ft. facility in Denver houses the largest traditional Aikido dojo in the Rocky Mountain region. He is the author of Aikido For Life, The Folk Art of Japanese Country Cooking, Children and the Martial Arts: An Aikido Point of View, and Aikido Sketch Diary: Dojo 365 Days. He trained under Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of Aikido, as well as other high-ranking instructors.
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Table of Contents

Foreword
Ch. 1 Introduction 1
Ch. 2 Reiho - Practice Etiquette and How to Handle the Ken 3
Ch. 3 Basic Body Movement 9
Ch. 4 Kihon Ken No Sosaho - Basic Sword Movement 19
Ch. 5 Kenjutsu to Taijutsu - Transitional Relationship Progression Reference 43
Ch. 6 Ukemi - The Art of Falling 55
Ch. 7 Ken Tai Icchi no Ugoki - Kenjutsu and Taijutsu Movement in Unison 63
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