Saturday, 17 January 2015

Aikido - Putting the Art into Martial!

There is more to Aikido that simple self-defence techniques. The best Aikido is smooth, fluid and, well, just plain beautiful. In that spirit, I really enjoyed this video by an Indonesian teacher in which he demonstrates a number of defences against attacks while simultaneously manipulating a fan! This is not only aesthetically pleasing but it also shows a high level of skill. I hope you enjoy watching this as much I I did.

Friday, 2 January 2015

Keep Fit with Aikido in 2015!

The Hartland Aikido Club starts back again on Monday 5th of January at 7:30 and we shall, as always, be practising twice a week on Mondays and Thursdays. If you are anywhere in the area (roughly between Bideford in North Devon and Bude in Cornwall), please come and join us. If you are new to Aikido, don't worry - we are a small, friendly club and we will help you at every step along the way. In addition to being a method of self-defence and a system for learning calmness of mind and relaxation of body, Aikido is also a great way to get into shape. We'll be studying a range of fitness exercises this year to increase flexibility, stamina and general fitness - no matter what your age!

Here is a short video of a fundamental technique to give you some inspiration: Katate Kosa Tori Kokyunage (which some Aikido styles call Iriminage)...

Saturday, 20 December 2014

Christmas and New Year Aikido

Our last class this year will be this Monday (22nd December). We are back again in 2015 starting on Monday the 5th of January. Come along and work off all the Christmas Pudding and New Year hangovers!

Monday, 17 November 2014

Aikido Jo Dori Class

Last week's jo dori class at the Hartland Club was hugely enjoyable and very instructive. It was taught by Sensei Richard Small, our chief weapons instructor, who also teaches Iwama-style weapons at his own class each Wednesday in Bideford.

These are a couple of  the techniques that we practised...

And here is a group photo.

If you want to learn more about Aikido weapons (and freehand techniques), you will be very welcome to join us at the Hartland Club or in Sensei Small's Bideford Club. What are you waiting for..?

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Shoji Nishio Sensei - if you don't know him, you should!

Aikido Journal has a wonderful, in-depth course taught by Nishio Sensei. If you are interested in extending your Aikido knowledge, this course is worth every penny. Nishio Sensei was a marvellously skilful teacher who specialised in blending weapons practice with open-handed technique. You can read more about Nishio Sensei HERE and you can subscribe to the Aikido Journal course HERE. Meantime, here is a short taster.

Monday, 10 November 2014

How to tie a belt for Aikido (or other martial arts)

New students (and some not so new students too) often have problems figuring out how to tie their belts. I just discovered this useful tutorial which should help to clarify the technique needed....

Sunday, 9 November 2014

Aikido Weapons class next Tuesday

Just a reminder that there is no Aikido class on Monday (10th of November). However, Sensei Richard Small will be with us on Tuesday the 11th to teach a weapons class - start time, as usual, is 7:30. If you have a jo and boken, please bring them. If not, we also have a few spares available.