Nihon Goshin Aikido too disconnected form original art?: Old
Original Poster: setsu nin to
Forum: Japanese Martial Arts
Posted On: 16-03-2004, 23:41
Orginal Post: setsu nin to: Nihon Goshin Aikido too disconnected form original art?
Well, I’m considering going to a Nihon Goshin Aikido School (www.ngaikido.com), but I feel it is too unlike other Aiki- arts. First off, they use colored belts, not just white and black. Also, they have incorporated more strikes, and although I’m not against this at all, it makes it less related to O-sensei’s Aikido. And the third, and most concerning part for me is that they do not use a single japanese term besides the name.
I’m thinking, how do I talk to other Aikidoka who haven’t taken NGA? They’ll all be discussing wazas and atemi, and I’ll be saying “is anyone else here having trouble with muggers throw”? Perhaps I just have to learn to deal with the fact that the different branches of Aikido are each unique, and cannot always perfectly interact with eachother.
I would not worry too much at all. Alot of dojos, (not just nihon goshin) use coloured belts, (yoseikan) as well as individual dojos. As far as terminology goes, I have practiced with Nihon Goshin people and we had no problems at all (I practice ASU aikikai), most of them used japanese terminology. If you find yourself at a non nihon goshin seminar, you’ll be watching and practicing and not really caring about names.
As far as Atemi Waza (striking) goes, many other aikido styles use it frequently. At my dojo, atemi is required for each technique or it is considered to be incorrect, and once you practice it with a fully resisting uke, it is absolutely a must. Each dojo is different even if they belong to an organization under a shihan, and from I have seen, this is true as well for the Nihon Goshin style.
Just go and enjoy yourself , remember it takes quite abit of patience and practice learning the aiki arts, so take your time.
I agree take your time be patient and watch closely. As far as Terminology goes most Aikido is taught with very little if any talking, so who cares you could always learn the terms on the net or a book.
setsu nin to
…I feel it is too unlike other Aiki- arts.
If you are talking about Aiki-arts than you have to know that there is much more than Aikido.
First off, they use colored belts, not just white and black.
You may finde two schools under same organization with diferent collor belt ranks. One schools will use white, brown and black and other will use white yellow, orange, green, brown and black. Its realy not important and it doesnt mean nothing. Two schools under same organization may have diferent collored belts in use, but they have to have same number of Kyu or students ranks. So in one it may be in use white, yellow and orange belt for 7kyu, 6kyu, 5kyu for example, and in other schooll only white belt will be in use for same three students ranks.
Also, they have incorporated more strikes
Well that just mean that these style of Aikido is more similar to Aikijujutsu or Aikibudo.
And the third, and most concerning part for me is that they do not use a single japanese term besides the name.
Well again it all depende on Sensei. He can use only english terms and if you will need Japanese terms you may always learn them very easy.
I’m thinking, how do I talk to other Aikidoka who haven’t taken NGA?
You may finde many Aikido “dictionarys” on internet. You may learn many Aikido terms there.
Thanks a bunch, all your answers are really helpful. I think I’m gonna go with it, and hopefully have a great time!
I agree about not worrying about the terms. Several of us at my dojo are preparing for our test. One sensei had a test on Japanese terms with some students while trying to demonstrate the techniques. A lot of them did an incorrect attack. It takes time to learn them for our main language is English although I speak Japanese so I caught the terms with ease. The sensei at that school is just trying to by pass the language barrier.>
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For all who need it here is one simple Aikido dictionary. Its good for start.