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Monday night I went to a dojo near my hometown but across the border in Germany (meppen)
I had previously e-mailt the contact-person there and recieved a warm welcome and instructions on how to get to the dojo.
On the mat i was greeted by 2 yudansha and a 2nd kyu(as I learned later)
Sensei came in.. An aged man who guided us through a complete gentle warm-up. A liked the bit where he asked to breath out with a tone O. I think it was a kotodama thing but didn`t ask (yet).
The attack of the evening was mainly Yokomen uchi and we did ikkyo through yonkyo and then returned to a dancing variant of sankyo. some kokyunage`s from shomen uchi and some koshi....wheehee..
What startled me was the (brute) force of the technigues when applied by the different Tori`s I hadn`t been exposed to this way of aikikai in a long while and could finaly see why some of my dojo-mates from other dojo think of aikikai as a hard style..Something wich I until now always disagreed with.
I had great fun though and liked very much to go through the motions of basic, classic, aikikai..
After the class I returned home rather quickly and showed my thanks and a quistion through an e-mail. After which i started browsing the internet on this Sensei.. Turns out he is a 6th dan honorary member of a German aikido organisation affiliated with Asai Sensei. Further more he is seem by a particular aikido organisation in holland as a Jo and Bokken specialist and he leads a bi-weekly weapons class in several dojo`s in holland.