On October 7th, 2019, Tristan Chermack and Robert Van Valkenburgh discussed the concept of atemi (hitting body) in aikido on Tristan’s Modern Aikidoist podcast. Click on the image or the links below to listen to part 1 of 2 of that discussion.
Listen to Part 2 HERE
About Tristan Chermack:
Tristan Chermack started studying aikido in 2004 and his background includes more than thirty years in various arts. He has an extremely strong weapons background with European sword, spear, polearm, and armored combat. He is also a certified advanced firearms instructor. His ongoing study includes historical European martial arts, savate, pugilism, wrestling, pankration, and he is always eager to learn from others.
Tristan founded Spirit Aikido in Eden Prairie, MN, in 2011, a martial arts center which offers a variety of martial arts to train including judo, Shorin Ryu karate, Kobudo, and Katori Shinto Ryu.
Tristan also founded the Facebook group – Aikido: the Martial Side which (at the time of this writing) has over 8,000 members. He also hosts the Modern Aikidoist Podcast, which is available on YouTube and many different podcast platforms.
Links to resources referenced by Robert Van Valkenburgh:
- Kogen Dojo: Robert Van Valkenburgh’s dojo in Severna Park, MD
- Interview with Choi Yong-Sul, by Joe Sheya
- A Conversation with Daito-Ryu’s Other Child, by Ellis Amdur
- Dueling with O-Sensei: Grappling with the Myth of the Warrior Sage, by Ellis Amdur
- KogenBudo: The Blog of Ellis Amdur
- Hidden in Plain Sight: Esoteric Power Training Within Japanese Martial Traditions, by Ellis Amdur
- Irimi, by Ellis Amdur
- Go No Sen: The Path to Defeat, by Stanley Pranin
- Chess and Collar Chokes, by Robert Van Valkenburgh
- Old School: Essays on Japanese Martial Traditions, by Ellis Amdur
- Taikyoku Mind & Body: The organization founded by Budd Yuhasz, Jevin Orcutt, and Robert Van Valkenburgh to explore Chinese Internal Strength principles through Japanese jujutsu, aikido, and kempo
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