Monday, 4 May 2015

Aikido Weapons Class this Tuesday

Just a reminder that there will be no Aikido class tonight Monday 4th May. There will, however, be our usual monthly weapons workshop taught by Sensei Richard Small tomorrow - Tuesday 5th May. Be sure to bring a bokken and jo!

Saturday, 25 April 2015

Devon Aikido Summit!

Sunday May 3rd, 12:00 to 16:30 at Chudleigh Town Hall, TQ13 0 Chudleigh, Devon. A cross-cultural seminar with instruction by Geoff Flather Sensei of Banyu Hatten Aikido Yuishinkai, Richard Small Sensei of Bideford Aiki-jo and Huw Collingbourne Sensei of Hartland Aikido. A mixture of weapons work and empty hand taught by three experienced teachers from a wide variety of backgrounds.

There will be two sessions separated by a break with tea, coffee and homemade cakes! Please bring bokken and jo, and proof of insurance for non-BHAY/HA members.

NB: there is some forecourt parking at the hall, but it is limited, so car sharing appreciated.

Cost: £10 for the session.

Monday, 13 April 2015

Kaiten (rotation) in Aikido

Turning, gyrating, deflecting - 'kaiten' is at the heart of much we do in Aikido. This video by Kashiwaya Sensei illustrates the principle rather well...

Sunday, 5 April 2015

Aikido in Devon, dates for your diary

On Sunday May 3rd, I'm pleased to announce that the Hartland Aikido Club will be joining forces with Aiki-jo Bideford and Banyu Hatten Aikido Exeter in a seminar devoted to both weapons and free-hand aikido. The seminar will take place at Chudleigh Town Hall. More info can be found here:

And if you are interested in aikido weapons, we also have our regular monthly weapons workshop next week (Tuesday 7th April) at the Hartland Club. This is taught be Sensei Richard Small and will cover aspects of the Iwama weapons syllabus. Everyone is welcome. Be sure to bring a bokken and jo!

Please bear in mind that there is no aikido class on Monday the 6th of April.

Sunday, 22 March 2015

Aikido Fandango!

This is a photo taken at one of last week's classes.

Here Dermot, Phil and Lara appear to be doing a Spanish flamenco dance. All they need are castanets! As I don't recall teaching flamenco dancing at last week's classes, I have to assume that they are, in fact, doing something that may have some vague connection with Aikido. After prolonged consideration, I have decided that this might be their attempt at a bizarre version of Sankyo. Then again, I could be wrong. Maybe they were doing a flamenco dance while my back was turned...

Tuesday, 24 February 2015

Katate Kosadori Kokyunage

We've been exploring Katate Kosadori Kokyunage (known to some as Iriminage) in our classes recently. We emphasise flowing, blending, circularity and balance-taking. This short video from Kashiwaya Sensei illustrates these qualities nicely.

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Meanwhile, back at the dojo...

Here are some photos taken at the Monday class last week. I am explaining some of the principles of the shihonage technique...

Many thanks to Sensei Richard Small for taking the photos.