Martial arts and strength and conditioning are not just for kids! In fact, exercise and strength and conditioning are particularly important as we age. Please come and join us!
Michael Friedl Sensei and I were co-hosts of the Aiki Summer Retreat last year. It was an incredible success. The Retreat is absolutely one of my greatest aikido achievements, not the least of which because I did it with Friedl Sensei.
Michael Sensei will be giving an aikido seminar at Aikido’Ka March 7 – 9. The seminar will be great!
Last year, before the Retreat, Michael Sensei and I did a webinar to discuss aikido, the Aiki Retreat and other things. I thought I’d re-post the webinar so that you can enjoy it. Other aikido instructors called in to enjoy the fun.
Here’s video from our last testing. 6-year-old Garrett performed his first-ever randori (that’s multiple attacker defense). He did extremely well!
Here’s a brief video of weapons practice. The technique is yokomenuchi with a bokken. Yokomenuchi is a strike which lands anywhere from the temple to the side of the neck.
Aikido is largely based upon sword movement. Our weapons practice helps us understand open-hand aikido much better than just practicing without weapons. Oh, and weapons practice is a ton of fun!
Mark Zwagerman is teaching weapons at Aikido’Ka until Jane returns in April.
Here Mark demonstrates the strike yokomenuchi with a bokken. Note the concentration on keeping connection with our partner’s center line.
Aikido is largely based upon sword movements. If you really want to improve your aikido, practice weapons! And, as an added benefit, weapons practice is tremendous fun.