Developed by a Japanese martial artist Masamichi Noro is a West European martial art form known as Kinomichi. This “grappling” combat form is said to have originated from France in the city of Paris in the year 1979. Apparently, Noro the founder of this form of wrestling is said to have been the student of Morihei Ueshiba, the creator of Aikido. Furthermore, this combat style is linked to an association in France known as “Fédération Française d’Aïkido, Aïkibudo et Affinitaires (FFAAA)” which shares a close relationship with a foundation known as “Aikikai” led by Moriteru Ueshiba, the grandson of Morihei.
a. History/origin of the Kinomichi:
Apparently, Masamichi Noro the founder of Kinomichi was the student of Morihei Ueshiba the creator of Aikido. It was thus fusing elements related to the Aikido that Noro created yet another form of combat style which was named “Kinomachi”. Furthermore, Noro created this martial art form using the basic philosophy, technique, and principles used in Aikido. In addition, after having created Kinomachi in Japan he introduced it into the French society as soon as he officially migrated to Marseille on the 3rd of September 1961. According, to Noro the essential features of training for this combat form are peace and its realization.
b. Weapon used in the Kinomichi:
Since “grappling” technique is mainly used in this combat style it is the “hand” of the fighter that serves as a weapon.
c. Technique involved in the Kinomichi and training availability:
In terms of technique, a fighter in the Kinomachi basically usually moves such as throws and joint lock to overcome an opponent. In addition, to master this form combat a fighter needs to study six levels or initiations. They are as follows:
- Initiation 1: Comprises of 6 basic movements.
- Initiation 2: Comprises of 19 movements with 6 basic movements.
- Initiation 3: Comprises of 33 movements with 2 forms of approach.
- Initiation 4: Comprises of 111 movements with 8 forms of approach.
- Initiation 5: Comprises of all movements and 16 forms of approach along with one or many other partners.
- Initiation 6: Comprises of advanced forms of approach that are reserved for advanced students.
As for training centers/schools, there are a few available especially in France for those interested in learning this “grappling” martial art form.
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