Learning Aikido has never been Easier!
I’m going to tell you about Matrix Aikido in a moment, but first let me tell you about this website, and why learning Aikido is easier than ever!
Some people say Aikido is the most spiritual of all martial arts.
Some people say it doesn’t work.
Between these two contradictions there is a truth, and that truth is the point of this website.
Want to know what mysteries were locked up in the enigma of O’Sensei? Check out O’Sensei’s Secrets in the menu on the right.
Oh, you think it doesn’t work? That’s fine, there are a whole series of articles designed to do nothing but help you make aikido into the most workable martial art you have ever seen. Click on one of the articles on Combat Aikido, they are on the right.
How does it compare to other Martial Arts? Very well thank you. Just examine the pages on Wing Chun or Karate. Menu is on the right.
And, finally, but not last, we have the controversial. Examinations of Aikido that answer the reader with questions, or question the reader with answers. Right on the right you’ll find what is right. Or wrong. Your choice.
Lastly is that this is a working website, not a ‘set and forget.’ So if you are an Aikidoist, or other martial artist with a viewpoint, put it down in writing let others know.
And, beyond last, there is Matrix Aikido.
I studied Aikido back about 1974. I didn’t study it for a long time, but the lessons have impacted me for near fifty years.
The things I learned I have put into other arts.
And I began changing Aikido.
Change is inevitable. It is important. Morihei Ueshiba knew this when he changed the arts he knew, Aikijutsu, sword and staff arts, and made them into Aikido.
Is Aikido perfect? Conceptually, yes.
Can it be improved? Of course. Perfection is never stagnant, it is always an ongoing process.
Here are the usual questions people have about Matrix Aikido.
Is this Classic Aikido?
No. Classical Aikido gives you techniques, and slowly hones you towards a central concept. This central concept has never been expressed in Aikido, except in the most mystical terms.
I give you the central concept, in non-mystical terms, and let you develop Aikido on your own. I have analogized this to Classical Aikido giving you branches until you find the trunk, and Matrix Aikido giving you the trunk and letting you find the branches.
In all respects my method is MUCH faster, and MUCH more efficient and functional. But you will lack much of the stylistic movements of the classical. This can be rectified by studying classical Aikido at the same time as you do Matrix Aikido, and cross training so that you get the best of both worlds.
Can Matrix Aikido be used in fighting?
Yes. A resounding yes. Aikido is derived from martial arts that were designed for the battlefield. Over time, and with O Sensei’s innovations (O Sensei is Morihei Ueshiba), Aikido became more of a religion than a fighting art.
I do not oppose this evolution, I support it, but it is unarguable that peace is faster attained through understanding the function of combat.
Simply, if you are competent and can make it work, you will be more willing to accept the ‘harmony’ of Aikido. This is supported by the example of O Sensei himself.
How does Matrix Aikido relate to other martial arts?
If you are an experienced martial artist you will find that Matrix Aikido is not only instantly understandable and usable, but that it ‘plugs in’ to other martial arts.
This is to say that you can, at the end of a Karate technique, make an Aikido throw or lock.
You will also be able to begin a Matrix Aikido move, and if you find that it is lacking in some respect (you haven’t practiced it enough), you can instantly change to another art you may know.
If you are a beginner you should seek out an Aikido school, and get Matrix Aikido to study along with it.
I’ve got many years of Classical Aikido. How can Matrixing help me?
Matrixing is a method, it is a logic and a way of analyzing and handling force and direction (flow). Force and Flow describe the actions of the universe, so to answer your question, it may make your method of teaching much more interesting and concise, and definitely help you get students to understand concepts.
HOWEVER, this depends on you. I have had aikido practitioners hail my methods, and I have had them denigrate them. So it depends on you, and how flexible your mind is. Can you innovate? Or are you stuck in one method?
How can you change the method and call it Aikido?
Methods of making cars have changed over the years, and cars have gotten better and better. Methods of teaching children have changed over the years, and usually gotten worse. So change happens. the real question here is whether you can take change, whether you can take my method, and apply it to yourself and make a better you.
The course consists of a video of a seminar in which I teach Matrix Aikido to four students, and a short book (40 pages) detailing the method of Matrix Aikido.
You should know that the book includes the core techniques, how to apply them, and a complete structure for promotions to black belt and beyond.
Head over to this page to learn more, and to see a clip from the course.