Hiji Ryoku

This post first started as a basic post regarding an aiki rensei that comes from 11th Book which basically teaches hiji ryoku (臂力), or elbow power. It is also referred to as hiji ryoku no yorei (臂力ノ養成) in other lines, but Amatsu sensei only ever said just elbow power. But we will get back to that, as it kind of morphed into a hybrid of hiji royku, kyoku and moving from your hara/koshi. The catalyst for this change was a response to one of my videos from some internet ‘experts’ that Daito Ryu didn’t use hara (insert WTF here), they used the term dantien, as it is a chinese martial art group on Facebook called 6H. Anyway they asked for a video of me waving my arm around showing that I could move from my hara. Anyway I started to think about it, and I didn’t want to do some half arsed taiji move, as I dont do taiji. So I thought I would give a Daito Ryu response to the request and combine it with my hiji ryoku article as it is all related anyway.

Hiji ryoku aiki rensei from 11th book. Notice her elbow in the picture on the left.

Aiki Rensei

The main points of this aiki rensei

Here is the hiji ryoku aiki rensei done by Jryki sensei at Fudoshin dojo in 2013.

Solo Training

Here are some basic solo exercises to co-ordinate the mind, body and spirit. So some basic pointers:

Te Kagami And Your Elbow

This Hanza Handachi waza uses hiji ryoku as well, notice at the end of the video Jryki sensei notes about its like throwing a ball. Lead with your elbow, to create the forward momentum. There is an interesting note to make about this waza in the Soden, in the books it doesn’t mention or even allude to Te Kagami in this waza. Now this could be for many reasons it was left out of the book. One might be it is kuden, so it is not in the books. But, one other reason is the students in the photo’s had only just practiced this waza, as the routine was, they would do the lessons, then Hisa sensei would take their sensei to the bath. The students would then use the Asahi newspaper camera’s to take these photos, without their teachers permission. So lucky for us they were a little shady, and did it so that we have this wonderful resource to look back on.

But there is Kuden from Takeda in relation to using the hand mirror kuden in this waza, as teki grabs your wrist, do kakete and turn your palm up. This creates hiji no bashi on teki’s grabbing arm. Looking into the mirror, raise your hand leading with your elbow, and turn your thumb to the inside using asagao no te.

Here Jyrki sensei demonstrates an aiki nage from Hanza Handachi. Notice he is demonstrating te kagami, hiji no bashi and hiji ryoku.

Hiji Ryoku In Asahi Ryu

Notice below that Amatsu sensei is teaching us hiji ryoku from Asahi Ryu (6th Book). Notice sensei leads with his elbow, and that drops teki. This waza is interesting because it is clearly evident that you need an aiki body to make this work.

Some Other Related Content

Here is some other related pictures of hiji rokyu from other Daito Ryu and Aikido lines.

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2 responses to “Hiji Ryoku”

  1. Aiki Cloud Avatar

    Thank you! Yes the first 5 books are pretty much like Yoshinkan I think. The pre war years with students like Shioda, Tomiki and Shirata sensei, all were basically doing Daito Ryu!

  2. aikidoyoshinkansuncoast Avatar

    This is just as we train in Yoshinkan Aikido – kihon dosa hiriki no yosei 1 and 2. This is an essential part of the Yoshinkan system – a system that Master Gozo Shioda put together after learning Aiki Budo from Master Ueshiba Morihei in the pre War years. An interesting read and I love seeing the connection with Yoshinkan’s origin and predecessor Daito Ryu 🙂

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