Goshin Aikido Techniques
Classical Techniques. Classical
techniques are the static teaching versions of our techniques,
which are used to teach the correct movements and principles of each
technique. The Classical techniques of Nihon Goshin Aikido include
throws, joint locks, and pins, and teach a wide range of principles of
off-balancing and controlling an attacker without using strength.
There are fifty classical techniques taught in
Nihon Goshin Aikido. The beginning student learns ten classical
techniques for his first test - for the rank of gokyu (yellow belt).
There are ten additional Classical techniques taught and tested for
each subsequent student rank (yonkyu - blue belt; sankyu - green belt;
nikkyu - purple belt; and ikkyu - brown belt).
Applications. Once a student
learns each Classical technique, he or she is taught several applications
to that technique. The applications are the actual defensive (or
"street") uses of the technique. It is within the applications that the
truly "aiki" aspects of Nihon Goshin Aikido live. Properly executed,
the applications require very little energy from the defender, using
instead the energy provided by the attack.
Strikes. In Nihon Goshin
Aikido, students are also taught to incorporate atemi (strikes to vital
or weak areas) into their techniques. Kicks, knees, elbows, and
hand strikes are regularly trained and used. There are 10 formally
tested kicks in the student ranks, as well as elbow blows, chops, and
Strikes in our art can be used in concert with
aiki movement, as well as being available as an alternative weapon in
situations where they are needed.
Weapons training in Nihon Goshin Aikido is mostly reserved for advanced
students, though some weapons training is used in earlier ranks to
reinforce basic principles. Formal weapons techniques are taught for
the nuchaku and short club (similar to miltary police baton).
Techniques include basic defenses, as well as the adaptation of
basic throws to weapon use.
Other Training. To complete
our system, we study ground-defense and sparring, as well as some
miscellaneous techniques that fall outside the list of 50 Classical
techniques. More advanced work also includes defense against clubs and
knives, as well as gun take-aways.
The common goal of Nihon Goshin Aikido
instructors is to provide each student with the most efficient and
effective way to defend themselves. An advanced student in Nihon Goshin
Aikido has a full range of defense options, designed for use in a
variety of scenarios in the real world.