Saturday, 21 May 2016

Aikido Street Fighting

Now, we don't generally encourage 'fighting' in Aikido. Even so, there can be no doubt that Aikido has some spectacular defences that can be used to good effect in action movies. Here is a scene featuring some Aikido-trained stunt men from a Czech film. I like the slow-motion bits...

Thursday, 19 May 2016

Monday, 2 May 2016

Bank Holiday Aikido

There is no class tonight (Monday 2nd May) - as normal we do not practise on the first Monday of the month. But there is a class tomorrow (Tuesday the 3rd). There will, of course, also be a class on Thursday.

Sunday, 10 April 2016

Aikido on Tuesday this week

There is no aikido on Monday 11th of April. Class meets on Tuesday 12th instead (and also on Thursday as usual).

Saturday, 26 March 2016

Yes, we have Aikido on Monday!

The fact that Monday the 28th of March is a Bank Holiday does not mean that there is no class. We begin, as usual at 7:30.

We also have a Monday class on the 4th of April but note that there is no class on Monday the 11th of April (due to another event in the hall). To make up for that loss we have scheduled an extra class for Tuesday the 12th of April.

Meanwhile, here is a photo from last Saturday's Workshop. Many thanks to all those who attended.

Friday, 11 March 2016

In Aikido, Lead rather than Control

One of the core principles of aikido, in my view, is to lead the energy of an attack rather than to control the uke. Don't grip and force; hold lightly and blend. Don't use strength to throw. Lead your partner to the point of balance. These ideas are at the core of the way that I try to do aikido. One of the teachers who really brings out these qualities extremely well is Seishiro Endo. I recommend that you seek out his videos on YouTube. Here is a good example:

By the way, remember that we have a workshop at the Hartland Aikido Dojo (Bucks Cross Village Hall, North Devon) on Saturday 19th March between 1:00 and 5:00. This will be led by Senseis Huw Collingbourne and Richard Small and will concentrate on an examination of fundamental principles common to both weapons and freehand aikido. Sensei Collingbourne has studied principally in the Ki Aikido tradition with (at first) the Ki Federation of Great Britain and (later) the British Ki Aikido Association. Sensei Small has studied mainly in the Iwama tradition with Takemusu Iwama Aikido Europe. If two teachers from such different aikido backgrounds can work together and learn from one another, we hope that people from other styles and organizations may be willing to join us to share in our study of aikido. There are no boundaries to aikido - we can all learn from one another.

The workshop is open to students from all clubs and all styles of aikido. Aikido is about harmony and, in that spirit, we welcome everybody from all styles. Please, come and join us!

Sunday, 6 March 2016

Aikido on Tuesday

Just a quick reminder that there is no class on Monday 7th of March but there is a class on Tuesday the 8th.