This is my submission for @makotoniijimaweek Day 6: “Pastimes / Interests”
During the Kaneshiro arc, prior to her awakening, Makoto Niijima made mention that she took Aikido before.
I am a Martial Artist myself. I took Shotokan Karate at the age of 7 to the age of 12 and am currently studying Arnis under the Cinco Teros system of Filipino Martial Arts.
So this revelation instantly inspired me to make sketches that show more of that side of Makoto’s interests. I do think that Aikido fits her personality and adds to her appeal as the “Warrior Woman” of the group since Aikido has roots in the Martial Art that the Samurai used in their lifetime.
I also added a bit of my own inference in analyzing her fighting style and decided to depict her in a Karategi since she has striking in her attacks in-game. This is contradictory to the principles of (pure) Aikido, and thus I assumed through my own knowledge and experience that she probably also has a background in Okinawan Kobudo and/or a form of Karate since she also favors the use of the Tekko.
I hope that these not only pique your interest as fans of Makoto, but also inspire you all to perhaps get into Aikido or any Martial Art in the future. I have found a legitimate Sensei that teaches Aikido in my area and am planning to take it once I have established a stable foundation in Filipino Martial Arts.
Good day and God bless!!!
There was a day-long power outage today in my part of the Philippines and thus I am late for this particular submission.
My sincerest apologies. :-(