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Nihon 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 punches.

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.  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.

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