Taikyoku Aikido and Aikido of Pittsburgh

In the Spring of 2014, I attended my first aikido seminar. The seminar was hosted by Aikido of Pittsburgh and featured Ellis Amdur who would be teaching his unique framework for aikido which he called Taikyoku Aikido. Taikyoku Aikido is based on Amdur’s observation that all aikido techniques can be mapped along five movement shapes,…

Natural Force Multipliers

Relative traits vs absolute forces. It is a fundamental truth in martial arts that there are certain attributes that make it easier to apply techniques against a resisting opponent. Physical attributes such as strength, speed, flexibility etc. all give a person an advantage over someone who lacks these same traits. Each of these is what…