How to Redirect an Attack
Uncategorized / March 26, 2018

Have you ever wondered how to protect yourself when facing a scary opponent? Someone larger and more powerful than yourself? How do you stop the attack? Answer: you don’t. Instead, redirect the attack. A rushing attack, or a pushing attack, should be redirected away from the target: your body. A redirect uses a small amount of energy to move a mass from hitting you and placing it where it may be under your control. Think of a forty-foot boat about to hit the dock; you will not be able to stop it, but you will be able to guide or redirect it to a safe settlement on the side of the dock. Different from a parry, a redirect not only moves the attack off its intended target, it places the attacker at a disadvantage. Is the attack real? Any perceived threat can be scary and cause fear. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that an attack is imminent or that a response is needed to protect yourself. Try to maintain a confident demeanor (this will improve with training). You will be shaken. If the person is a stranger, ask, “May I help you?” Their reply will most likely giv eyou an…

Aikido Breathing Exercises
Uncategorized / January 28, 2018

Proper breathe control is essential to remaining calm during stressful situations. Aikido breathing exercises help students learn to remain calm by controlling their breathing. What is the proper posture? It’s important to maintain the proper posture during breathing exercises, so that your lungs can completely fill with air during the exercise. The proper sitting posture is one of the following: a. Tailor fashion Sit on the floor with your knees bent parallel to the floor Feet are tucked in between your thighs, with one ankle over the other Your head should be upright, with your chin parallel to the floor Sit upright with a your spine straight. Place your hands loosely on your knees Your body should be relaxed Check your shoulders if they are tense or raised, then you are tense: conciously relax your shoulders b. Lotus position Sit on the floor with your knees bent parallel to the floor Place each foot on the opposite leg’s knee Your head should be upright, with your chin parallel to the floor Sit upright with a your spine straight. Place your hands loosely on your feet Your body should be relaxed Check your shoulders if they are tense or raised, then…