Great to see more juniors interested in learning self defence tonight and three parents joined in the fun too. As a club we do not seek to make money from the juniors but if aikido and atemi jutsu are to continue to thrive into the future then we must gain young peoples' interest. Emphasis in the lessons is on fun, learning the basics, introducing a fitness element and practicing drills. I believe that learning a martial art gives a young person more self confidence, as well as teaching them self discipline and respect for others. It's also a fun way to exercise and keep the body supply and healthy.
Basic ikkyo technique from a punch. Adapting to an opponent with a rigid arm. Use atemi to break uke's posture (pic 2), Don't fight the rigid arm (pic 3). Let it work against uke and compromise his posture (pic 4). Control uke's arm with a nikyo grip, keeping wrist above shoulder and step into uke, breaking his balance again (pic 5). Step away from uke, breaking their balance and bringing them to the mat (pic 6).
Beginners self defense night
Friday night gave our experienced members the opportunity to share their self defense experience with our juniors and newer members. Tonight we looked at stance, blocking and atemi. It turned out to be a lively session ! Afterwards the experienced members practiced Jo and Aikido.
Atemi Jutsu v Filipino Martial Arts
A thought provoking session from James Stewart (FMA) and John Sevieri (Atemi Jutsu), comparing responses to the same attacks. The time flew by and both instructors complained that they had many more techniques to show ! (I think another session will have to be scheduled). James slightly modifies the FMA techniques he shows, so that they fit into the IBF's self defence philosphy of being approriate responses that are within the UK law. The japanese martial arts influence on FMA can be clearly seen, with many similarities between techniques. The session was enthusiastically enjoyed by all.
We were pleased to see Mary again after a break of several years. Mary, a karate 2nd dan, was originally encouraged to join by Jason sensei and it was good to see her back on the mat, accompanied by her grandson.
After the excitement of the Atemi session, the aikido guys had to endure a 75 minute technical session on using shiho nage from a punch (5th form). Originally I'd planned to go through the whole form (ten techniques) but there was so much to work on, we never got past the first technique!!
Sunday morning aikido training. I concentrated on showing how to maintain good form throughout techniques. Paul set about showing us a paired jo kata, based on Saito Morihiro sensei's weapons teachings.
Photo showing O'sensei and Saito sensei
practicing jodo together
Attended aikido friendship seminar in Taunton. Members from many different clubs around the south west attended. Afterwards we had a meal together, which gave me an opportunity to have a long talk about budo with Kawachi Toshiake sensei.