Archive for September, 2009

Ministry of Silly Breakfalls

Aiki-Doh!-ka and I were watching some old Monty Python reruns the other day, including the famous “Ministry of Silly Walks” skit with John Cleese, and it occurred to us that we should found a “Ministry of Silly Breakfalls”. There would be two categories: “Silly Breakfalls on the Mat” and “Silly Breakfalls off the Mat”.

Silly Breakfall

Silly Breakfall # 37







The first would include, of course, all ukemi that go awry such as…well, maybe all ukemi. Highlights would include, though, ‘Toe nage’, most sit down breakfalls and any breakfalls with a weapon (intentional or otherwise).

Toe Nage

Toe Nage







“Silly Breakfalls off the Mat” would collect the breakfalls of daily life such as falling off the couch when reaching for the remote, slipping in the shower (while singing “Sakura”) and our personal favourite, ladder ukemi (the ’silliest’ of these involve containers of paint). None of them would be eligible, however, unless there was an audience.

To register your Silly Breakfall, send us an email with all the details, perhaps a photo, and if possible, a copy of the hospital bill or insurance claim…



Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

It occured to me the other day that aikido is very ‘green’. If we follow the motto “Reduce, Reuse, Recycle”, our aikido will also prove to be energy efficient and sustainable:

Reduce your effort by:

- learning to relax more…
- feel more and do less…
- keep your work in front of you, in your ‘box’…
- continue to improve your kamae, and use your body in an integrated way…

Reuse (Uke’s!) energy. This seems like a no-brainer since it is a fundamental principle of aikido, but there’s always room for improvment:

- work on your timing and resist the urge to ’stop’ uke
- feel uke’s balance and keep uke moving…
- keep moving yourself…

Recycle. No surprise here; this translates as:

Keito, keito, keito! (Practice, practice, practice!)