Why the Aikido Stance is Strong

Why the Aikido stance is strong.
This video explores why the aikido stance (hanmi) is a strong stance and some about how it works. Kevin sensei explains how the intersecting angles of motion give nage (person doing the technique) an advantage in the moment. Nage should constantly seek to exchange his position for a more dominant position.



  1. Thank you, I learn a lot. Btw do you have tutorial about dealing with boxing attack? I know you already make one with the black boxer. But I wanna know the detail about the parry/blocking hands.

  2. Sinking your weight is also used in Wing Chun, and for the same purpose. You become difficult to move, and you become able to use your structure to move the arms of an opponent with inferior structure. Even if they are stronger than you, it becomes difficult for them to do much at close range because your arms feel like tree limbs while their arms get manipulated easily. Aikido uses this strength to fish for a technique, while Wing Chun uses it to create openings for punches.

    Both Aikido and Wing Chun can struggle against boxing — the techniques of both arts require a certain proximity which boxing footwork avoids. You have, in a later video, explained how to defend against a boxer. In it, you do a few seconds of light sparring in which you lean forward more than normal in an effort to chase the dancing boxer. This is the limitation of Aikido (and Wing Chun) when used alone without combining it with another art that is focused on long range (such as Muay Thai, Tae Kwon Do, and some styles of Kung Fu that focus on kicking). If the boxer dances out and away, he cannot hurt you from there and you should not chase him to force fighting range. Just let him float out there and defeat him when he comes in. A quick popping jab where he jumps back out might be annoying, but it is not really threatening as long as you guard your eyes from a poke.

    As a practical matter, it's important vs a boxer to determine their main hand and to block/catch that hand. The off hand is not as serious a threat, and is usually out of position to hit you hard due to the way boxers stand. It is almost exclusively for jabs and hooks over the top vs someone who stepped in against them to land a hard right.

    One suggestion for a video is to discuss what opponents should do to avoid falling into an Aikido technique. It isn't until you see how various techniques are avoided that you see the whole of the system, how avoiding one technique can make you fall into another. The extended arm vs the recoiling punch is a good example.

  3. Thank you for sharing. I can't help but think of Koichi Tohei Sensei's 'place the weight of all areas of your body in the lowest pat: keep weight underside.'

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