Your Enemies When Fighting (with Bill Mattocks)

This articles is an exchange between Gerry Seymour and Bill Mattocks (see below for information about Mr. Mattocks).

Bill Mattocks’ take:

When you engage in a ‘real’ fight, whether it is voluntary, such as a so-called ‘street fight’, or an actual case of self-defense, you have more enemies than you may realize. Here are some. Feel free to add your own.

1) Your opponent. Obviously.     [Read more…] “Your Enemies When Fighting (with Bill Mattocks)”

Tuesday Study Group!

Starting on January 3rd, 2017, we will be adding a study group session on Tuesdays at 6:00 – 7:30 PM. These study groups will be held in the padded room upstairs at the AAC.

Study groups are not necessarily led by an instructor. When an instructor is available, the study group may operate as a formal class. Otherwise, an approved student will be responsible for maintaining safety. Study groups are open to all students upon approval by their instructor.

NOTE: This scheduled session is not permanent yet. If there is enough attendance, it will be made permanent.

Temporary Tuesday classes in December

To make up for the canceled Saturday classes in late December, we will be holding classes on Tuesdays those two weeks (20 December, 27 December). Classes will follow the Thursday evening schedule (6:00 – 7:30 PM) and will be held in the Fitness room, as usual.

Post expires at 8:10am on Saturday January 7th, 2017

New Location Update

All classes will move to the new location beginning Thursday, 27 October 2016. The address for the Henderson County Athletics & Activity Center (AAC) is 308 S. Grove St., Hendersonville, NC. Classes will be held in the Fitness room, off the back of the gym.

  • Thursday evening class times will not change: 6:00 – 7:30 PM.
  • Saturday morning classes will move 30 minutes earlier: 8:30 – 10:00 AM.

Post expires at 8:18am on Sunday January 1st, 2017

Creativity in Martial Arts

As with many martial arts, Nihon Goshin Aikido is taught in a structured atmosphere, with specific constraints regarding usage, movement, and application. The beginning student is told precisely how to perform the techniques and stances at every step of the way. Yet, when an advanced martial artist demonstrates even a minimal level of mastery, it becomes obvious that there is a great deal of creativity involved in his defense.

How, then, does a student progress     [Read more…] “Creativity in Martial Arts”

The Principles in Our Classical Techniques

Note: This article was written from the mainline NGA point of view, prior to the development of Shojin-ryu.

Many students, as they learn the classical techniques of Nihon Goshin Aikido, misunderstand the purpose of these techniques. They may think the classical techniques are for defense, which they are not     [Read more…] “The Principles in Our Classical Techniques”