Wednesday, 7 October 2015

Self Defence With Style

Amazing the things you can find on YouTube. I love this short video from 1933 in which an elegant young woman gives her male attacker a very rough time! The techniques here are taken from jiu-jitsu but they, or techniques very like them, also exist in aikido. And she still has time to adjust her makeup!

Monday, 5 October 2015

Self-Defence For Women!

(....not to mention votes)

There really is nothing new about women learning martial arts for practical self-defence. The BBC has just published an interesting article about the Sufragettes who, in the early part of the 20th Century, studied jiu-jitsu in order to deal with aggressive attacks (even by policemen!)

Aikido is based upon aiki-jui-jitsu and some of the best practitioners I've ever seen are women. The main quality of jiu-jitsu which attracted the suffragettes was (according to the BBC feature) that fact that it "emphasised using the attacker's force against them, channelling their momentum," which made it effective even when used by a small women against a large man. The same is true of aikido. In fact, aikido goes even further than jiu-jitsu in emphasising the importance of using the force of the attack in order to defeat the attacker.

Read the full article HERE.

Saturday, 3 October 2015

Aikido Weapons Workshop, Tuesday 6th October

As usual, there is no class on the first Monday of the month (5th October). However, Sensei Richard Small will be initiating us into the mysteries of the Iwama weapons syllabus on Tuesday the 6th of October. Everyone is welcome. Please bring a bokken and jo!

Monday, 21 September 2015

Aikido Workshop - Saturday 26th September, Bideford.

There is an Aikido and Aikido weapons workshop open invitation to all styles and levels, this coming Saturday (26th September 2015), in Bideford.

The venue is: Methodist Hall, High Street, Bideford, North Devon EX39 2AH

Training starts 2.00 pm, finishes 5.00 pm. Bring Jo, Ken and proof of insurance. There will be no mats at this venue, so be prepared with suitable footwear. All money goes to charity.

Instructors from various associations include, Pete Blayney, Huw Collingbourne, Richard Small, Mark Allcock plus a representative from Banyu Hatten Akido.

All welcome!

Thursday, 3 September 2015

Bo Kata #1 and the 22-Count Ki Jo Kata

If you are familiar with the 22-count jo kata ('Ki Jo Kata #1') you might be interested to compare it with this video of 10th dan Hikitsuchi Sensei performing a Bo Kata. I was struck on watching this by the very close similarity with the 22-count jo kata. The two katas are not quite identical but they are certainly very, very similar.

No class next Monday or Tuesday!

There is no aikido class next Monday or Tuesday. We generally have a weapons class on the first Tuesday of the month but this has been cancelled due to another even in the Bucks Cross Village Hall. We have our Thursday class as usual and there are no changes for the rest of the month so there are classes on every other Monday and Thursday.

Saturday, 4 July 2015

Aikido Weapons Workshop, Tuesday 7th July

Just a quick reminder that there is no class this Monday (6th July) but there will be our monthly weapons' workshop taught by Sensei Small on Tuesday 7th at 7:30. If you want to learn about the Iwama Weapons syllabus this is your perfect opportunity. Everyone is welcome, no matter what style of Aikido you currently practise. Please bring bokken and jo if you have them.