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George S. Ledyard
03-22-2002, 01:43 AM
For anyone interested here are some pictures from the two seminars we hosted in February

Pictures from the President's Day Four Day Intensive
4-Day Weapons and Randori Intensive (http://www.aikieast.com/intenpics.htm)

Pictures from the Seminar with Art Benjamin Sensei
Art Benjamin Sensei Seminar (http://www.aikieast.com/sprpics.htm)

03-22-2002, 10:33 AM
What are the people in the helmets and hockey gloves doing with fukuro (?) shinai? Just curious.

Jim Vance

03-22-2002, 03:39 PM
Originally posted by jimvance
What are the people in the helmets and hockey gloves doing with fukuro (?) shinai? Just curious.

What a bunch of sissies. Real Aikidoist's would have real blades honed to razor sharpness. They would seamlessly blend with full on attacks disarming their attacker with aplomb, delicacy and ease. Head and hand protection? Get real! That's the way we do it round these parts and the little old ladies like it that way too.


It must be a Friday or something.

More seriously, it's interesting this came up. I'd been thinking about headgear both for weapon takeaways (maybe because I got red stuff all over the mat last year and I didn't like it when it was my red stuff) and upping the strike ante. Also maybe getting some Paula Jones headgear and some of those 16 ounce gloves so people could up the edge a little bit in terms of strikes. Not sure about that latter part though.

03-22-2002, 06:10 PM
Thank you George, I've enjoyed the photos very much.
Though, I must admit, the helmets seemed a tad odd! ;)

George S. Ledyard
03-24-2002, 01:34 AM
For those that wondered about the helmets... We do an exercise taken from the Maniwa Nen Ryu. They use a set of cotton padded kote and a very funny looking cotton padded helmet.

One person simply attacks with continuous shomen strikes. The defender has three different responses which he mixes at random: A simultaneous deflection and cut to the head; a slipping movement with a left to right left to right deflection, crushing the arms followed by a shomen strike at the end, and a slipping block involving drawing back out of range and then springing back in for the shomen strike.

Using the shinai with the helmets allows a committed attack / defense. Contact is made although the power of the hit isn't very great as all of the hits are done off of deflections so most of the power is absorbed in cutting through their defense or deflecting their attack (but it's harder than you'd want to take without the helmet). So it's a very controlled form of freestyle with designated roles. No tsuki attacks since there isn't protection for that. It's a great exercise for developing strong intention. Let's you find out if you can actually do some of those elegant moves you have in the kumitachi you do with the bokken (while still providing an element of safety).

We use those funky helmets as they are far cheaper than real kendo armor and perform this specific task just fine.