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by Cheryl Matrasko

Supplemental Training Methods for Aikido
Volume I

Robert Bryner's first video: Supplemental Training Methods for Aikido, Volume 1, is an excellent video to enhance and augment the training of the serious Aikidoist.

Bob Bryner's expertise and training in many martial arts, compliments his main art of Aikido. His accomplishments are 6th Dan Aikido, 6th Dan Ryu Te (Ryukyu Kempo), Shodan Judo, just to name a few. 

As Bob mentioned to me over the phone, the objective of this video is not to replace your regular and formal training, but to supplement and add to it. And this is exactly what he does in this film and more.

The video runs through some 59 different exercises, detailing realistic attacks, combinations, counter maneuvers, deliberate moves to force an attack from an encounter, and drawing out hand attacks from your partner, no matter what role (nage or uke) he/she may be playing at the time.

Some of the items explored are:

  • Grabbing directly at the attacker
  • Grabbing the attacker off-center
  • Tai-Sabaki from grabbing - off-line
  • Strike and grab - Katatetori
  • Strike and grab Tai-Sabaki
  • Kaeshi-waza
  • Strike and grab combinations
  • Waza from strike and grab combinations
  • Close attacking and defending with Four Count exercise entry variations (inside and outside of attacker)
  • Traditional Aikido movement with four count entries employed.
  • Various Four Count entries with counter moves.
  • Flexible yet practical - footwork maneuvering for better technique.

Bob covers defender and attacker roles changing, with different movement utilized. This is particularly true when drawing out an attack, on the defender's terms.

Sneak Peak: In the AVI file (click on the icon below), Bob Bryner demonstrates using Four Count drills with traditional Aikido movement. Notice that the attacker is trying to gain entry by using several different attacks (munetsuki, shomenuchi, yokomenuchi, etc.) at a very close range. Bob senses and opportunity and implements ikkyo.

In Aikido, we are always setting ourselves up for the best situation possible: from the stance, to the entry of the attack, through the actual aiki-movement with the uke, and to the completion of the technique. In many cases, we need to take the initiative or the advantage - in order to keep a step ahead of the assailant. And this is what Bob  Bryner details when he demonstrates drawing out an attack from the attacker. He is deliberately forcing the attacker to change his role --- from the attacker to the defender.

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Special permission to extract the various graphics, pictures, and film clips taken from the video Supplemental Training Methods for Aikido, Volume I , was given by Robert D. Bryner for this review only.

1999, C. A. Matrasko. All rights reserved

Cheryl Matrasko is a Network Analyst for the department of Networking and Communications at a prominent Chicago hospital. Formerly the LAN Administrator for Northwestern University Medical School - Department of OB/GYN, and assistant LAN Administrator to the previous MIS of the School of Law. She started Aikido in 1965, studying under Isao Takahashi as her first instructor. She enjoyed working out under many well known Aikido instructors during her tenure with Takahashi Sensei and therafter following his death in 1971. Cheryl has dedicated time with instructors in Northern Shaolin Long-Fist, Seven Stars Praying Mantis, and Daito-Ryu Aikijujitsu. Currently, she is instructing Aikido at Northwestern University's Chicago Campus, Associate Instructor at NorthShore Aikido in Skokie, and supporting Aikido World Journal.

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Michio Hikitsuchi 10th Dan 1978
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1978 C. Matrasko

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