Aikido is a looong road, right? Well, this boy does better than most people EVER will in under 30 mins!

Some people think Aikido takes a LONG time to learn.

I disagree.

This video is a case in point.

This ten year old and his mum came along today and in the last half hour of class, I showed them how to get out of the way of a punch and guide it safely to the floor so that even much bigger attackers go sprawling.

No bruises, no fighting, no agro.

I call this EFFECTIVENESS and it teaches children the best attitude in human relationships and life.

Want to know what takes a long time to learn? Trying to become stronger, faster, than others to defeat them. Even if this is achieved, it is surely temporary success and only relative.

This attitude also sets one up for a LOT of struggle with life and life always wins.

There is conflict in the relative, winners and losers, stronger and weaker, but the great truth is that we are all one.



If you want to learn martial arts, you need proper in-person, body and mind instruction, not a video. I only did this one to show viewers the science behind  my previous one about punch & tackle defence. Too many people these days have fickle attention spans. They either say, ‘Wow, amazing. Wish I could do that!” and then click on to something else so they don’t have to actually MAKE AN EFFORT or they say, “Too good to be true. It can’t be real.’ Both of these attitudes are the trademark of people who don’t achieve results.

Conversely, those who attend even one class can do a LOT!  If a ten year old boy can make up his mind he wants to learn it, then so can you.

This is the power of TURNING UP TO CLASS.

You’ll see what I mean in my next video.


Oh No! The Fearsome Front Tackle and Straight Biff Revisited

Here is an updated version of a video we made back in 2013, showing how easy it is to blend with these attacks, when we apply principles of Aikido & Ki.

I’m doing the throws, but my students also do them with each other and on me, too. When it’s one on one and nage applies the lock properly, there is not much uke can do.

And the wonderful thing is it does not require superior size or any muscular strength at all and the pain of the lock is mainly created when the attacker struggles against it and their own violent strength rebounds back to themselves.

Put the attacker’s arm at the correct angle and a child can hold down a strong adult holding one of their fingers…. Sound too good to be true? Probably does if you don’t know martial arts,

The front tackle is a popular contemporary attack probably because of its success in MMA tournaments.

I don’t watch that much UFC at all, but I  have rarely seen blending with attacks.

Surely if they put effort into learning how to blend rather than resisting, they would do very well.

In any case, cage fighting is a sport, albeit a gladiatorial one. It’s totally different.

Aikido presumes that one or both people have a weapon. If they don’t, it’s your lucky day.

If they do, then ma-ai distance is going to be VERY important.

Rushing in and attacking someone who knows what they are doing is foolish. Imagine charging in and tackling someone who is ready with a knife?

In the end, the game of ‘what if?’ is endless – better to take some action, even if it’s not perfect.


Aikido Boy Shows Intelligent Approach to Handling Punches

We normally learn responses to dangerous chops to the head and neck and punches to the abdomen only, because Aikido came from old Japan and these were pertinent to the times, culture and situations faced by its practitioners.

All Aikidoka have a deep respect for and fascination with this aspect.

We sometimes wonder how we would respond to a common contemporary  attack, such as a punch to the face.

Ki Aikido principles and techniques can be effectively applied  in such a situation.

Can you see how futile it might be for our youngster to try and BLOCK and COUNTER STRIKE bullies who are much bigger and stronger?

None of the ‘defenders’ here had much experience and David at the end has only just started Aikido, with no other martial art experience.

We will be making further videos to measure their progress, but this is a promising start, right?

As Mr. Miyagi once said, ‘Best defence – no be there!”




Aikido for punches? Hmph, it’s all shomen-ship!

Who would have thought it?

The empty handed motion of raising a sword to deliver a shomen strike can double as an aikido response to head height punches, no matter if they are round or straight! (In fact, someone said that ALL the techniques are fundamentally the shomen movement – raising the sword overhead and bringing it straight down – mastery and simplicity are almost identical.)

Do this properly and you can down attackers very swiftly!

No need for blocking or counter strikes – both of which are much more risky if they have a knife or club!

We’ll be focussing on this all week.

Seminar Video #2 – Distance & Sightline


Let uke get too close to you and not only can you be grabbed or struck much more quickly and easily, but you cannot see their whole body movements. Sight should be around their nose and upper chest area.


Seminar Video #1 – No Separating!


Roby Sensei demonstrates how separating from your uke makes them naturally feel like resisting.

In this technique, Sensei begins his turn from one point and uke follows easily.

Let’s implement this right away!

The Fearsome Rear Bear Hug! Know What To Do? No – That’s Why Bullies Do It.

Being bear hugged from behind is a very severe attack – that’s why bullies and nasty folks like to do it!

Yes, yes, it is possible to stamp on their feet, elbow them or throw your head back into their face, but what if they are prepared for that or just plain tough?

Strength is not much use against even a person your own size when they get a good hold on you.

You need to know how to make some room, take their balance and lead them into a forward fall!

This can really only be done with correct focus and ABSOLUTE relaxation.


Yes, but not the kind of floppiness most people think of – real poise and grace.

Here Richard is tossing Angelo around for his 2nd Kyu grading in August, 2014.