The Physical Principles of Aikido

A Definitive Series of Instructional Videos About Aikido Principles

Hiroaki Izumi Sensei portrait Izumi Hiroaki Sensei
6th Dan Aikikai

After more than 30 years of studying Aikido under Shihan such as Tohei Akira Shihan, Kawahara Yukio Shihan, Ichihashi Norihiko Shihan and Cottier Ken Shihan, Izumi Sensei is encapsulating the fundamental principles of Aikido into a series of clear, understandable elements, easy to grasp, with straightforward exercises and practice routines.

This website provides the sales and distribution of a series of DVDs on the fundamental physical principles of Aikido as understood, practiced, and taught by Izumi Sensei. The professionally produced DVDs give specific and detailed instructions, exercises, applications, and implications of the principles. The material will be of use to all levels of Aikido practitioners in improving the understanding and application of techniques.

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Volume 1  

Kamae

On the importance of the Hanmi Kamae for Aikido, some movement drills, techniques that emphasize the importance of Hanmi, and some extras on basic Aikido.

More about the Kamae Video
"The DVD was very professionally filmed. In watching it, I was very surprised by the incredible detail and thoroughness of explanation."
-Michael Zartman.

"I believe Mr. Izumi gives us every tool in the box to understand kamae and presents it in such a way that you understand how to use it."
-Adam Alexander.

Volume 2  

90 Degree & Behind Principle

On the importance of getting to the 90 degree and behind position, placing uke into your tanden (power area in front of your hara) and making sure Uke's tanden is not facing you. many technique examples showing how crucial this principle is. Plus extra scenes showing this principle.

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(video released June 2008)

Volume 3  

Tai Sabaki

Moving in Hanmi, Sankaku Irimi, Tenkai, Tenkan, Tenshin, some exercises to improve Tai Sabaki, and some techniques that emphasize the importance of good Tai Sabaki.

More about the Tai Sabaki Video
(video released May 2010)

Volume 4  

The
Third Point

On the importance of extending to the third point, how to extend to the third point, some exercises that help improve the identification of the third point, and some applications that focus on extending to the third point.

More about the Third Point Video
(video released January 2011)

Volume 5  

Awase

On the importance of Awase, some different ways in which Awase is physically expressed, the mental expression of Awase, some exercises that help to improve Awase, and some applications of Awase in techniques.

More about the Awase Video
(video released December 2011)

Future DVDs or Themes to be Presented:

Sen No Sen

On the importance of taking the centre, how to take the centre, how to extend someone's centre, some exercises that help in practicing to take the centre and controlling Uke's centre, some applications of taking the centre, and some extras on Sen No Sen in other Budo applications.

Power of the Thumb

On the importance of controlling your own thumb and the thumb of Uke, some ways in how the thumb is controlled, some exercises for improving control of the thumb, and applications of thumb control.

Taking Up Slack

What it means to take up slack, on the importance of taking up slack in Aikido and in Budo in general, the various ways of taking up slack, some exercises to help in the practice of taking up slack, some applications that often fail because slack is not taken up sufficiently, and some extras for instructors in teaching about slack.

Maai

On the various aspects of Maai, the importance of correct Maai, Maai and Senshin, Tsushin, and Zanshin, some exercises for practicing good Maai, and some applications that depend upon control of Maai.

Fumikomi

What is Fumikomi, on the importance of Fumikomi, some exercises for ensuring good Fumikomi, and applications of Fumikomi in techniques.

Getting to a Superior Position

On the strategy of attacking from above, how we attack from above and where we see it applied, common errors in getting above, some ways of getting above with exercises to practice getting above, and some applications that focus on getting above either Uke's Tanden or other areas Uke might be holding his or her Ki.

Furikaburi

On the various methods of practicing Furikaburi, on the importance of Furikaburi, some exercises for the application of Furikaburi, and some applications of Furikaburi to techniques.

Ki-Ken-Tai
Issoku and Kokyu

What is Ki-Ken-Tai Issoku and how does it relate to Kokyu? On the importance of Ki-Ken-Tai and how it expressed in application.. Exercises for practicing Ki-Ken-Tai and some applications of Ki-Ken-Tai Issoku in practice.

Linear Hip Power

How to use hip power linearly in Aikido, how this relates to Ken style movement in Aikido, common errors in mixing Jo style movement with Ken style techniques and what problems this creates, some exercises for practicing linear hip power, and some applications in Ken style techniques.

Rotational Hip Power

How to use hip power rotationally in Aikido, how this relates to Jo style movement in Aikido, common errors in mixing Ken style movement with Jo style techniques and what problems this creates, some exercises for practicing rotational hip pwer, and some applications in Jo style techniques.

Controlling the Elbow

On the importance of controlling the elbow, how to control the elbow, some exercises for practicing controlling the elbow, and the application of elbow control to techniques.

Emptying the Teacup Movement

What is pronation? On the importance of the "emptying the teacup" movement and where it is seen, the power of elbow pronation, some exercises for practicing elbow pronation, and the application of the emptying the teacup movement and elbow pronations to techniques.

Controlling Uke's Centre

On the importance of controlling Uke's centre, how to control Uke's centre, some exercises for practicing controlling Uke's centre, and the application of controlling Uke's centre to some techniques.

Extension of Ki (hands)

How to extend Ki from your hands, the importance of extending Ki, common errors in techniques caused by pulling instead of extending and what problems this creates, some exercises for practicing the extension of Ki from the hands, and some applications of Ki extension in improving techniques. "Push, don't pull" and what I mean by that.

Extension of Ki (other ways)

Using the concept of extending Ki to coordinate muscle sequencing, to relax, and to cooridinate mind and body. Some exercises for practicing the extension of Ki from different parts of your body, and the application to techniques.

Ki No Nagare (Joining)

On Ki No Nagare and the practicing of joining, the importance of joining, ways of joining, slack and joining, joining and Awase, some exercises for the practice of joining, and the application of Ki No Nagare, Awase, and joining to techniques.

Ki No Nagare (Leading)

On Ki No Nagare and the practice of leading, the importance of leading, ways of leading, slack and leading, leading and Awase, some exercises for the practice of leading, and the application of Ki No Nagare, Awase, and leading to techniques.

Ki No Nagare (Following)

On Ki No Nagare and the practice of following, the importance of following, ways of following, slack and following, following and Awase, some exercises for the practice of following, and the application of Ki No Nagare, Awase, and following to techniques.

Ki No Nagare (Spiral Up/Spiral Down)

On Ki No Nagare and the use of hip power, the power of the spiral, slack and the use of the spiral, how the spiral is created, some exercises for practicing spiral movement, and the application of the spiral movement to techniques.

Ki No Nagare (The Power of Gentleness and Flow)

On Ki No Nagare and the power of gentleness and flow, slack and flow, some exercises for practicing flow, and the application of flow to techniques.

Awase and Ki No Nagare in Jyu Waza

On Ki No Nagare and Awase application in Jyu Waza, some exercises for practicing them for use in Jyu Waza.

Jyu Waza

Strategies Some strategies for multiple person attacks in testing and their combat applications.

Building Slack (Kaeshi Waza)

On how to build slack when being Uke to allow Kaeshi Waza, some exercises for building slack, and some Kaeshi Waza applications.

Henka Waza

Exercises for improving your ability to do Henka Waza and some Henka Waza applications.