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Creation Date: 02-15-2005 03:17 PM
Berney Fulcher
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  #5 New 01-28-2005 02:17 PM
Atlanta Center for Zen & the Arts - Aikido Association Atlanta - Kyushinkan Dojo

I stopped by here while in the Atlanta area for work this week.

The Dojo is a member of AAA out of Chicago, affiliated with Hombu they apparently have some ASU, Ki and Jujitsu roots as well. There were some interesting variations and differences from things that we do. Sensei Paul Domanski, IV Dan taught both classes.

Footwork drills had lots of rowing + variations, including some 8 directional stuff similar to the basic Bokken kata, rowing is still a bit confusing for me

Mai-Yoko ukemi was like breakfall then roll to stomach, VERY different from what we do.

Wrist warmup was Katatori attack, followed by ikkyo to nikyo to sankyo, done slowly as a stretch

Yokomenuchi attacks were stopped higher, like at head/shoulder level, seemed like no follow through for energy flow, you had to take the hand/arm higher as nage and pull it through.

Techniques I remember through the night included:
Hamni-Handach Katatori Sankyo
Hamni-Handach Katatatori Kotagaishi
Ushiro tekubitori Kotagaishi (slightly different hand and body motion than I remember from 5th Kyu, though I probably just did not pick up on the details at the time)
Yokomenuchi Shihonage (I saw several people here do this with much more of a hand extended bring uki's arm around in more of a horizontal 180 arc, was kind of cool, looked a little more flowing than what I was used to doing myself, I need to work on Shihonage more...)
Morototori Nikyo, from both sides
Morototori Kokyoho (though a different variation than for my test, nage turned them so their back was to you and then either executed a hijinage type throw, or used the free hand on their shoulder to pull them down backwards)
Tsuki hijinage with several variations (straight in, tenkan behind pull at a 45, tenkan behind lead into breakfall as you step through)

Over 2 hours we did several more things or minor variations on the above themes I have forgotten already Very friendly people (but then aren't all Aikodoka?) For me there is always a bit of trepidation walking into a new place, but it quickly disappeared, a very fun night and I plan to try to get back there.

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