The Aikibojitsu Short Forms

The Aikibojitsu Short Forms are concise, relatively brief staff movements, that comprise the pieces of a
universal puzzle of infinite potential (see menu choice
What is Aikibojitsu to the left.) Every Short Form
is constructed of a formally designed beginning, middle, and end. When two or more Short Forms are
brought together in sequence, the result is called a Kata.

When two or more Short Forms are to be put in sequence, the manner in which they are brought
together comes into play. The end of a prior Short Form has to be matched to the beginning of the
succeeding Short Form by way of the Short Form Interface, which can be simple or complex. In some
cases, the end of a prior Short Form closely matches the succeeding Short Form's input interface, and
only small adjustments need to be made. But often a new, much more complex bridging form must be
designed in order to effectively join the end of the first to the beginning of the second.

Bridging forms are one major source of new Short Forms. When a bridging form is designed, if it is of
sufficient interest, it will be isolated out, given a formal beginning and a formal end,which allows the
new Form to be practiced as a discreet unit.

The bridging form, with its added formally defined beginning and end, is a new Short Form. If this new
Form is submitted to the Aikibojitsu Organization and accepted, it will be added to the Master Short
Form List.

Short Form Interface design involves resolution of the factors of position, momentum, rhythmic pattern,
exponential development, and aesthetic content.

Sequencing and Kata Design

As practitioners gain skill and knowledge with respect to a number of defined Aikibojitsu Short Forms,
sequencing and interfacing of Forms starts to become a major part of study. Whenever two or more
forms are brought into sequence, the interweave of interface factors (the distinct way the output of one
form is interwoven with the input of another), has effects upon all forms in the sequence, effects which
ripple both forward and backward down the sequential line. Choice of Short Forms and the manner in
which they are put together in a designed sequence, is a major topic of study in intermediate and
advanced Aikibojitsu.

During regular daily classes, Aikibojitsu teachers often focus student training upon variations in how a
small number of different Short Forms can be sequenced to create short katas that are not normally
retained (that is, they are not added to defined kata list of the Daiki Taiyu.) Such sequencing and
interfacing practice is approached carefully and methodically, various bridging forms experimented
with, and various timing resolutions approached through rhythmic design changes.

However, careful and methodical interfacing is only preliminary work. Ultimately the goal of the
Aikibojitsu practitioner is
real-time interfacing of Forms, a learned skill that is essential for the
full-power free staff work of Aikibojiitsu.

A practitioner well-versed in interfacing methods, who has a large repetoire of optimized Short Forms
in hand, is able to regard the martial interaction between nage and uke from a deeper and purer
perspective, one that allows real work toward practical and effective implementation of non-resistance
as a foundational approach to conflict.
The above picture sequence taken from video is of
late stages of the Short Form known as the Wheel.
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