Ryuji Shirakawa from Aikido Shinburenseijuku:

Hello everyone! I’m Ryuji Shirakawa, the Dojo cho of Aikido Shinburenseijuku from Aikikai.

Today as a special edition unlike the usual video, I’m at Magome station in Tokyo right now. Today, Yusuke Yachi, MMA fighter of RIZIN, Japan’s largest martial arts organization, will learn Aikido. Aikido is said to be a non-competitive, no fighting, and a harmony martial art, but it has a different appeal from general martial arts. I want to show that attraction to Yusuke Yachi and everyone watching the video. I’m going from now on, so please look forward to it. I’m going. See you soon.

Hello everyone, I’m Ryuji Shirakawa. Today, unlike the usual video, MMA fighter Yusuke Yachi is experiencing Aikido and shooting a video. Many Aikido collaboration videos are available on Yusuke Yachi’s YouTube channel, so be sure to check them out as well. The video link is below. In this video, I would like to learn more deeply about Aikido.

Ryuji Shirakawa from Aikido Shinburenseijuku:

“We are often asked whether Aikido will work or not. Today, MMA fighter Yusuke Yachi and Yukio, who has a big physique and weighs 90kg, grasp strongly and check whether the Aikido’s techniques will work or not.”

“Yusuke Yachi, thank you for this time. Yukio, thank you too.”

“I showed you the image of Aikido on your YouTube channel, so I think you have an image of Aikido. Aikido techniques are made by rational movement. Aikido is a soft body movement against strong force. So, please grab it with a strong force. So I would like to see if the Aikido technique actually works.”

“Suddenly, it’s dangerous to use a technique, so I’ll show you what technique to use first. This technique is rational. When you grab one hand hard, if you also put effort here, it will be a collision of force and force. That’s why it’s important to soften your arms. The straight force is strong, but the force from the side is weak. So, move in from the side and throw. Once again. Use your body softly and throw in from the weak side of the opponent. Let’s try this. Grab my hand. Strongly. If you move in this way against a strong force, the force will collide, so enter from the side. Throw like this. There is no conflict of forces, right? The side is weak. Keep your hands and just enter your body from side. You also try. The reaction of the body differs depending on the person. Yukio, please grab it really seriously and strongly.”

Yukio:

“Sensei, you may not move if I grab it seriously and strongly. Is that OK?”

Ryuji Shirakawa from Aikido Shinburenseijuku:

“It’s OK! Change the direction of force and enter naturally from the side.”

Yukio:

“I can’t resist!”

Ryuji Shirakawa from Aikido Shinburenseijuku:

“The elbow joint is locked, so it’s dangerous to resist! It hurts if resist! Enter with a small movement. Be careful as you may be pulled by the opponent if you raise your hand greatly. Enter with a small movement.”

Yukio:

“Oh no! Oh no! Oh no! This is dangerous!”

Ryuji Shirakawa from Aikido Shinburenseijuku:

“Now I moved using a straight line. With more practice, it will change to a round movement. Now it’s easy to understand and it moves linearly. So enter into the opponent’s weak point, go to the weak point.”

Yusuke Yachi:

“You’re going in a direction that your opponent can’t resist, right?”

Ryuji Shirakawa from Aikido Shinburenseijuku:

“Yes. Make a weak point of the opponent with body work.”

Yukio:

“I couldn’t resist at all. I tried to give you a Choke Hold if I had the chance. The more I resist, the more it hurts!”

Ryuji Shirakawa from Aikido Shinburenseijuku:

“Make such a situation with body work.”

Yusuke Yachi:

“It means creating a situation where the opponent turns around, right?”

Yusuke Yachi:

“You’re going in a direction that your opponent can’t resist, right?”

Ryuji Shirakawa from Aikido Shinburenseijuku:

“Yes. Make a weak point of the opponent with body work.”

Yukio:

“I couldn’t resist at all. I tried to give you a Choke Hold if I had the chance. The more I resist, the more it hurts!”

Ryuji Shirakawa from Aikido Shinburenseijuku:

“Make such a situation with body work.”

Yusuke Yachi:

“It means creating a situation where the opponent turns around, right?”

Yukio:

“Sensei, you’re not using any power, right?”

Ryuji Shirakawa from Aikido Shinburenseijuku:

“Yes, this is a really rational move. If you use force too much, your opponent will want to resist.”

Yusuke Yachi:

“The flow of energy stops, right?”

Ryuji Shirakawa from Aikido Shinburenseijuku:

“It is important shoulder soft how to use. Softness makes speed. This kind of fast movement can be done because it is soft. You can’t do it if your shoulders are stiff.”

Yukio:

“Is this movement Aikido?”

Ryuji Shirakawa from Aikido Shinburenseijuku:

“Yes. This soft movement is characteristic of Aikido.”

Yusuke Yachi:

“And the flow of energy.”

Ryuji Shirakawa from Aikido Shinburenseijuku:

“Next is an interesting technique. When the opponent grabs both hands. The name of the technique is ‘Aiki Age’. It is a technique to change the direction of the opponent’s energy. Turn your wrist up for a straight force and change direction. When the opponent’s waist floats, the opponent does not get power. And from here, throw it with body work. The first action to raise is important. Change the direction of energy when the opponent grabs it. Relax shoulders and turn up your wrist. Raise your opponent’s hips. It is important that the opponent’s feet rise. This movement is important for strong force. It is important that this opponent’s feet rise. A small throw moves like this. Big throws use body work and central energy. Use hips! Turn leg and use hips. Then it will be a big throw. Change the direction of the energy grasped with both hands of the opponent upward. To exaggerate this, it is said to be incapacitating power of opponent. Simply put, it’s changing the direction of the opponent’s force. The harder you grab, the stronger the energy will come back. Weak energy returns to weak energy. When the opponent grabs strongly. The opponent’s hips go up. The condition where there is space between the elbow and body of this opponent is weak. This is weak posture with space in the arms and body.”

Yukio:

“I want to try again. This time, tighten my armpits tightly and grab it. Please grab it seriously.”

Ryuji Shirakawa from Aikido Shinburenseijuku:

“This way of raising is important, and if you get into this position, your opponent is weak. State of hip opponent is up. If I do this, opponent will not be able to use energy.”

Yusuke Yachi:

“I can’t put much energy into it.”

Ryuji Shirakawa from Aikido Shinburenseijuku:

“Because it will be like this.”

Yusuke Yachi:

“My power will be powerless!”

Yukio:

“I’m so mad at myself. I want to try again!”

Ryuji Shirakawa from Aikido Shinburenseijuku:

“So, don’t hesitate to grab it seriously strongly.”

Yusuke Yachi:

“I challenge again and again.”

Yukio:

“I want to try again. This time, tighten my armpits tightly and grab it. Please grab it seriously.”

Ryuji Shirakawa from Aikido Shinburenseijuku:

“This way of raising is important, and if you get into this position, your opponent is weak. State of hip opponent is up. If I do this, opponent will not be able to use energy.”

Yusuke Yachi:

“I can’t put much energy into it.”

Ryuji Shirakawa from Aikido Shinburenseijuku:

“Because it will be like this.”

Yusuke Yachi:

“My power will be powerless!”

Yukio:

“I’m so mad at myself. I want to try again!”

Ryuji Shirakawa from Aikido Shinburenseijuku:

“So, don’t hesitate to grab it seriously strongly.”

Yusuke Yachi:

“I challenge again and again.”

Yusuke Yachi:

“Suwari Waza?”

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Ryuji Shirakawa from Aikido Shinburenseijuku:

“The secret of sitting technique is revealed! What if MMA fighters grab strongly the arm of an Aikido master? Yukio stands and holds down with full power. Strength VS Softness. Grabbed from behind. What will happen next time?”

“Thank you for watching the video. Here is a DVD announcement. Volumes 1 and 2 of ‘Beautiful & Amazing Aikido’ are now on sale from BAB Japan. There are many variations of techniques that you will want to try. Volume 1 explains in detail ‘UKEMI’ in addition to various techniques. Volume 2 also explains in detail techniques and weapons (Ken & Jo) and exercises that make the body soft and strong. Just looking at it is fun and motivating. Please take a look. English subtitles can be purchased from ‘Vimeo’. See below for details.”

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