Atemi: The Thunder and Lightning of Aikido by Walther von KrennerAtemi: The Thunder and Lightning of Aikido by Walther von Krenner

Atemi: The Thunder and Lightning of Aikido

byWalther von Krenner, Ken JerimiahForeword byMark V Wiley

Paperback | March 23, 2016

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Atemi: The Thunder and Lightning of Aikido revisits the source of the art by teaching the striking methods that made Ueshiba’s techniques so effective. This is the most comprehensive text on striking in Aikido, and it begins with the notion that strikes should not be disregarded in modern dojo. It explores the common (yet mistaken) notion of atemi as a secondary aspect of Aikido, and argues that such an idea is incorrect, since O-Sensei’s own teachings reveal that striking is the very core of the art. 

The authors describe through brilliant and specific examples and clear photographs, how atemi is used in Aikido pins and throws while still keeping with the physical philosophy of the art. The journey continues as they then demonstrate how Ueshiba Morihei and some of his most important students viewed atemi and technique as one, instead of separate aspects of the art.

The text is divided into three sections: Shodan (beginner’s level), Chudan (intermediate level), and Jodan (advanced level). The final chapters suggest ways that O-Sensei taught his students how to develop internal power, which can be channeled into Aikido’s powerful strikes. 

Atemi: The Thunder and Lightning of Aikido presents a thorough explanation of O-Sensei’s teachings and suggests that many practitioners have only scratched the surface of the art’s true nature. 

Title:Atemi: The Thunder and Lightning of AikidoFormat:PaperbackDimensions:230 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.48 inPublished:March 23, 2016Publisher:Tambuli MediaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1943155194

ISBN - 13:9781943155194

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Table of Contents

Introduction Aikido's Striking Techniques Tohei Koichi (1920-2011) O-Sensei's Martial Arts Background The Omoto-kyo Connection Aikido's Misconceptions Aikido's Martial Efficacy PART I - Shodan (Beginner) Level: An Introduction to Atemi-Waza1 - Aikido Attacks Shomenuchi Balance and Centering Yokomenuchi TsukiGrabbing AttacksSen (Initiative) 2 - Striking in all Aikido Pinning TechniquesIkkyo (Ude Osae): Technique Number One Nikkyo (Kote Mawashi): Technique Number Two Suki (Defensive Openings) and Atemi Uke-miSankyo (Kote Hineri): Technique Number ThreeKatatedori Ju Yoku Go o Seisu: Softness Controls Hardness Full Body Control Technical Variation from the Same AttackFrom a Tsuki (Thrust) ....Consider Principles, not Form Yonkyo: The Fourth TeachingTargeting Pressure PointsMoving beyond Form3 - Striking in Aikido: Throwing TechniquesKaiten-nageShiho-nage Throwing in Four Directions Turning Four Directions into All DirectionsShiho-nage and the SwordStrikes and Shiho-nageEffective PracticeSumi-otoshiMartial Variation4 - Putting it all TogetherStriking Sequence from KatatedoriStriking Possibilities from a Straight PunchFrom Empty-handed Shomenuchi From Shomenuchi with a Sword From Yokomen AttacksFrom a Round-house PunchPossible Entries and Strikes for KicksFrom Grabbing Attacks Contents ix From Grabbing Attacks continuedFrom Grabbing continuedKnife or Club Attacks Other TechniquesStriking or Ground Techniques: The Same Mentality PART II - Chudan (Intermediate) Level: Irimi5 - Irimi and Other Concepts from Sword Arts Shisha TachiMakura no OsaeIsshin Itto6 - Irimi-Nage 7 - Aikido is 75-Percent StrikesUsing the EyesMind StrikesAiki and KiaiThe Breath of LifeStriking for RealPART III - Jodan (Advanced) Level: Kokyu Power8 - O-Sensei's Power9 - Tohei Sensei's Background10 - Tohei's Four Basic Principles 11 - O-Sensei's Solo Training DrillsConclusionNotes GlossaryBibliography

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Atemi: the Thunder and Lightning of Aikido is a revolutionary book in that it goes back to the source and shows the way striking should be incorporated into Aikido. It is a book is for any serious student of Aikido who wants a fuller understanding of their art as the founder intended it: as a fully formed martial art." -Jaredd Wilson, Martial Thinking