Last weekend I was fortunate to attend an Aunkai Study day conducted by Liam O’Donoghue and hosted by Filip Maric of the Jikishin Dojo in Auckland. During the day, we focused on core fundamentals of Aunkai, including stepping and kicking to name just a few.
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Auckland Aunkai seminar in Nov 2014
But what is Aunkai? Aunkai is new training method founded by Minoru Akuzawa Sensei. Akuzawa Sensei has an extensive background in martial arts. It is clear that internal martial arts has had the most lasting impact on him as he has made this the sole focus of his training. So while Aunkai itself is new, the ideas and skill sets go back many centuries.
To many, the term internal martial arts brings to mind images of supernatural abilities and chi blasts. For the most part however, internal martial arts are simply the correct use of alignment and body mechanics to produce force far more powerful than what you would otherwise be able to achieve by overtly muscular force. Aunkai is effectively a ...