AikiKen the principle of soft and round movements without
blocks is translated into actions with a wooden sword
Kobayashi Shihan mentioned again and again the principle of
Ken" - the silent sword. What does that mean ? - The
swords don't clasp together in a technique - they not
even touch each other. So the sword keeps silent.
in AikiJo, also in AikiKen classes exercises for
a good and upright attitude, for judging and keeping
adequate distances as well as performing controlled
thrusts and strikes are very important. Because of the
different lengths the adequate distances with Jo and
Bokken are also different. Additionally you can perform
cuts with a Bokken - if you regard it as a katana.
(Kihon) slowly allows to learn them exactly. The resulting
precision in movements and conscience forms the basis for more advanced exercises, where
time and distances may be varied and actions may be
abilities for coordination, attentiveness and flexibility
are promoted with single, paired and group exercises.
health of the practicants we regard as a high level
commandment. A complete control of the Jo, high attentiveness,
flexibility and a good reactivity are preconditions
to perform AikiJo techniques dynamically in critical
distances without danger for the health of the involved
students. These precondtions are achieved after some
years of constant practice. During this time engaged
practising Aikido students are improving successively
the mentioned qualities.
of a concatenation of kihons (basic techniques).
Kobayashi Hirokazu Shihan has frequently demonstrated
certain kihons during seminars in Europe in the 80ies
and 90ties. We practice a concatenation of these kihons
as a "Sword-Kata". The video sequence is a
section of it.