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by Cheryl Matrasko

Supplemental Training Methods for Aikido

Volume I

(Page 2)

Video by
Robert Bryner, 6th Dan
The Dojo, 1995 All Rights Reserved
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Robert Bryner's four count drills consist of hand movements that develop the eye and hand coordination (also timing), and peripheral vision. Here, hand to hand combat combinations are used. Both uke and nage, in the various exercises - change their roles from either attacker to defender (or visa-versa), as the balance and advantage shift constantly during a series strikes and defenses. In this video, you'll find that the defender will exchange not only hand deflection(s), but also strikes to the attacker. As many of us know, such practice is much more advantageous to Aikido training in a practical sense.  

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The video clip above linked to the icon above shows the four count drill with traditional kotegaishi throw.

This small clip is owned and copyrighted by
The Dojo, 1995 All Rights Reserved

(Please use QuickTime 4.0 or Windows Media Player
to view this file)

Much of traditional Aikido is practiced with proper distance applied between both uke and nage, however in many real instances --- the attacker and defender will be very dangerously close to each other. Bob Bryner takes the viewer to the world of close-in-fighting, where the four count drills and traditional Aikido practice are implemented together. Here, the Aikidoist must deal with proximity issues of the attacker's presence. Oftentimes, the assailant is moving into victim's space very rapidly, and doing so while striking and/or kicking. The closeness of the attacker is not only dangerous, but intimidating thus compounding the situation for an effective defense. The four count exercises give the viewer an alternative method of training, to deal with these situations.    

After viewing this film, I firmly believe that this video can make an excellent training addition to any advanced Aikidoist. It has footwork, hand movement, bodywork, timing, focus, eye and hand coordination, practicality, etc. I hope you enjoy it as much as I have.


For more information on this video, please contact:

Chikako Higa Bryner
The Dojo
11554 Santa Monica Blvd.
West Los Angeles, CA  90025

(800) 564-2167 or (310) 445-0080
or E-mail to:

Special permission to extract the various graphics, pictures, and film clips taken from the video Supplemental Training Methods for Aikido, Volume I , was given by Robert D. Bryner for this review only.

Thank you to Robert Bryner, Chikako Higa Bryner, and their students for making this video review possible.

1999, C. A. Matrasko. All rights reserved

Cheryl Matrasko is a Network Analyst for the department of Networking and Communications at a prominent Chicago hospital. Formerly the LAN Administrator for Northwestern University Medical School - Department of OB/GYN, and assistant LAN Administrator to the previous MIS of the School of Law. She started Aikido in 1965, studying under Isao Takahashi as her first instructor. She enjoyed working out under many well known Aikido instructors during her tenure with Takahashi Sensei and therafter following his death in 1971. Cheryl has dedicated time with instructors in Northern Shaolin Long-Fist, Seven Stars Praying Mantis, and Daito-Ryu Aikijujitsu. Currently, she is instructing Aikido at Northwestern University's Chicago Campus, Associate Instructor at NorthShore Aikido in Skokie, and supporting Aikido World Journal.

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1978 C. Matrasko

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