Saturday, June 13, 2009

AIKIDO

These are some brush sketches I did for my old sensei, Marcus Caires founder of Aiki Institute in Ribeirão Preto, the so called Brazilian California.



“Yokomen Uchi Kiri Oroshi”

Aikido
合気道 is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba as a synthesis of his martial studies, philosophy, and religious beliefs. Aikido is often translated as "the Way of unifying life energy" or as "the Way of harmonious spirit." Ueshiba's goal was to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury.



“Kotegaeshi”

Aikido
is performed by blending with the motion of the attacker and redirecting the force of the attack rather than opposing it head-on. This requires very little physical energy, as the Aikido Practitioner "leads" the attacker's momentum using entering and turning movements. The techniques are completed with various throws or joint locks.


“Ryotedori Tenchi Nague”

Aikido
derives mainly from the martial art of Daitō-ryū Aiki-jūjutsu, but began to diverge from it in the late 1920s, partly due to Ueshiba's involvement with the Ōmoto-kyō religion.


“Yokomen Uchi Sumiotoshi” & “Kotegaeshi”

Some say that George Lucas studied Aikido and consciously took a lot from it for the Star Wars movies. It seems that many of the concepts attributed to The Force in Star Wars films, come directly from an active principle forming part of any living thing, The KI 気, that is frequently translated as "energy flow", or the life-process of energy that sustains living beings.


“Ni Nin Gake Morotedori Bokyu Nague”

Today Aikido is found all over the world in a number of styles, with broad ranges of interpretation and emphasis. However, they all share techniques learned from Ueshiba and most have concern for the well-being of the attacker. This attitude has been at the core of criticisms of Aikido and related arts.

15 comments:

jamesk said...

Hi,

These illustrations are absolutely beautiful! Thank you for showing them.

I have recently started a dojo in Cambridge, UK. May I use the last drawing (1 nage throwing 2 ukes) on posters to advertise the club?

With many thanks
James Knight

Marcelo Braga said...

Hello, James.

Thanks a lot for the kind words about this exercise. I did it for my friend and former sensei Marcus Caires, from the AIKI Institute in Ribeirão Preto - Brazil.

The illustrations were made from pictures he provided and I believe that you should firts contact him about the use in your new Dojo. Tell me what he thinks.

Here's the link.

http://www.aiki.com.br/

Thanks for your visit, James, and good luck with your Dojo.

Best.

Braga

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Roger Cruz said...

Braga, seu sketchbook ficou demais cara! Parabens.
Deve ter sido dificil fazer a seleção com tantas artes incriveis.

Sobre o post Aikido, pratiquei durante algum tempo e tentei fazer algumas artes sobre o tema.
O que eu pretendia fazer (e não consegui) era exatamente o que vc fez.
Fantastico!
Abs

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Anonymous said...

Boa noite professor Marcelo! Gostaria de entrar em contato, pois quero aprender aikido. Obrigada. Christiane

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Turenne said...

I love your sketches! The flow of movement is exquisite!