Sunday, 21 May 2017

Back To the 80s - My Aikido History

I just came across this old article which I wrote for a lawyers' magazine called "Legal Business" way back in 1991. That's me (oh, so young!) chucking about one of my students at a club I used to run in Queen's Crescent (midway between Kentish Town and Belsize Park ) in North London. I was a 1st dan at the time - I took my first dan in 1989 and my second dan in 1992. Happy days!

Friday, 19 May 2017

Aikido Against Bamboo?

Got any over-rampant bamboo in your garden? Aikido can help! Here Kashiwaya Sensei (head of the Ki Society in North America) demonstrates the power of aikido weapons with some impressive bamboo cutting using a bokken (wooden sword). Notice that the bits of paper supporting the bamboo remain intact. This may look easy. From personal experience, I can assure you that it isn't!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

More movie Aikido

Firecracker is another film I haven't seen. The chap in black in this scene is Omar Camar, a senior aikido instructor in the Philippines. Camar did fight scenes in several action films. I would be the first to admit that this is not entirely 'pure aikido' shown here - it is definitely the movie version! - but anyhow, he seems to be enjoying himself...


Another film that features aikido (or possibly aiki-jujitsu, the precursor to aikido?) is this Japanese film... apparently about a boxer who has to relearn self-defence after being confined to a wheelchair.

Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Aikido on TV - Science Fiction and Zombies

Following on from my recent post about Aikido in the films of Steven Seagal, here are a couple scenes of aikido (or, anyway, an approximate representation of aikido) from two recent TV dramas... first, Amazon's alternative history science fiction blockbuster, The Man In The High Castle.

Man in the High Castle
from michael hilow on Vimeo.

And then, aiki-jo as a defence against zombies from The Walking Dead.

More aikido in TV and films soon...

Saturday, 13 May 2017

Holsworthy Aikido - North Devon

Our new Aikido class starts on Tuesday June 6th in the Holsworthy Leisure Centre. This is the poster. If you'd like to display it on your blog or web site or print it to display on a notice board, we would be very grateful for your help in publicising this class. Remember that Monday and Thursday classes continue as normal in Bucks Cross and aiki-weapons classes are also taught every Wednesday in Bideford.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Aikido in Holsworthy!

From June you'll be able to practise Aikido with us in Holsworthy, North Devon. Classes will be on Tuesday nights. Classes continue as usual on Mondays and Thursdays at Bucks Cross. And our good friends at Bideford aiki-jo also have aikido weapons classes every Wednesday. Which means that if you are really keen you will be able to do aikido with us four times a week!

More details of the new Holsworthy class soon..