Integrating Multiple Martial Arts

Another instructor (from another art) brought up a discussion recently about integrating multiple martial arts to create a “personal hybrid”. That discussion brought out a lot of good points, so I want to share some of what I think are the key points. This is a good topic for anyone who wants to     [Read more…] “Integrating Multiple Martial Arts”

You Suck at Martial Arts (by Bill Mattocks)

This article originated as a post by Bill Mattocks on an online forum, and is used here with Bill’s consent. See the end of the article for more information about Bill.

I sometimes speak with discouraged newer students. They believe they lack natural talent, or that they are not coming along fast enough, or that they are just not ‘getting it’. They feel that they are not progressing     [Read more…] “You Suck at Martial Arts (by Bill Mattocks)”

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”

Who’s the Best? – Comparing Styles

“What’s the best martial art?”

This is a question most of us in the martial arts community have heard, in some form or another. And it’s one that most of us groan inwardly at hearing. There is a real problem with trying to establish a “best” martial art. Or even in trying to say that one art is “better” than another.

For me, I think Nihon Goshin Aikido is the best. For me. With my personality. With the instructors     [Read more…] “Who’s the Best? – Comparing Styles”

Assembling a Defense

As we learn the techniques and applications of Nihon Goshin Aikido or any other art, we begin by breaking them into parts. While this teaching technique (known as “chunking”) facilitates learning for both adults and children, it also causes students to develop hesitations in their movements. At first, students pause at the end of each “chunk” (in both application and technique) to allow their brains to catch up and tell them what comes next. After some time practicing, they simply have the ingrained habit of stopping at that point in the movement, and find that they have a very difficult time moving smoothly past these transition points.

While I don’t know of a way to avoid     [Read more…] “Assembling a Defense”