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George S. Ledyard
07-09-2011, 07:31 PM
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August 19th - 21st
Two Cranes Aikido in Seattle, WA

Open to Aikido Yudansha or Anyone Instructing Classes; Limit of 65 attendees (there are only 27 spots left open)

Instructors:
Kimberly Richardson - Two Cranes Aikido
George Ledyard - Aikido Eastside
Howard Popkin - Daito Ryu Ginjukai
Toby Threadgill - Takamura Ha Shindo Yoshin Ryu
Kaizen Taki - I-90 Systema

On-line Info and Registration (http://www.eventsbot.com/events/eb562171696)

Janet Rosen
07-10-2011, 08:38 PM
Got my airplane reservation!

George S. Ledyard
07-10-2011, 11:57 PM
Got my airplane reservation!
Fantastic! See you there!!!

DH
07-11-2011, 12:11 AM
Janet
I would go just because YOU are going. Three of these yahoos take seminars from me...I want to get trashed by them when they get to do their stuff.
All they do is test me...I'm nicer and take better ukemi then they do! :D

Janet Rosen
07-11-2011, 12:39 AM
Janet
I would go just because YOU are going. Three of these yahoos take seminars from me...I want to get trashed by them when they get to do their stuff.
All they do is test me...I'm nicer and take better ukemi then they do! :D

LOL! Heck, it would be ABOUT TIME (like since when Cady started training in your barn) for us to finally meet. Come west, young man, and play!

Me, I'm just figuring out how this battered body is going to figure out when to sit things out on the side of the mat, because I know even with the weight I've taken off and the stamina I'm working on building, my knee is going to give out each day before classes do....

DH
07-11-2011, 12:50 AM
LOL! Heck, it would be ABOUT TIME (like since when Cady started training in your barn) for us to finally meet. Come west, young man, and play!

Me, I'm just figuring out how this battered body is going to figure out when to sit things out on the side of the mat, because I know even with the weight I've taken off and the stamina I'm working on building, my knee is going to give out each day before classes do....
Oh baby...I could fix that,, so in time they would ask you why you "felt that way" and you needed little effort to get the job done! Big power in small spaces.
Oh, how I think we would laugh! :D
me

Cady Goldfield
07-11-2011, 10:13 AM
I can't think of anyone better suited to learning this stuff from Dan, than Janet. Petite, sweet, keenly intelligent, funnier than top-billed standup comics, Janet would shine on the mats whilst 200lb. jamokes would be scratching their heads over why they couldn't lock or throw her, nevermind even be able to budge her! :)

BWells
07-11-2011, 11:00 AM
Speaking as a 200lb+ jamoke (whats a jomoke actually?) I can vouch on how hard it is to budge Janet, and that includes both on the mat and in discussions off the mat:cool:

Oh I and I have me ticket too for the seminar:D

Janet Rosen
07-11-2011, 11:15 AM
Crap, I have a reputation preceding me?
Folks, your're gonna be disappointed; I'm just a lowly ranked, slow to move, slow to learn middle aged ol' gal who will likely look very confused most of the three days...

Cady Goldfield
07-11-2011, 11:46 AM
Speaking as a 200lb+ jamoke (whats a jomoke actually?)

Where I grew up, it was a benign slang word that just meant a big ol' dude, lug, or perhaps a palooka. :D

Janet, if you hafta have a reputation preceding you, at least yours is one that will have guys opening doors, handing you your hakama and dusting off the tatami for you! ;)

Bryan
07-11-2011, 01:03 PM
I signed up a while ago, looking forward to it. I'm not letting Kaizen pound on me with a mallet this time though.

George S. Ledyard
08-12-2011, 04:27 PM
There are still a few spaces left for this seminar. If you can get here, feel free to sign up. It's going to be an amazing event...

On-line Info and Registration (http://www.eventsbot.com/events/eb562171696)

Howard Popkin
08-17-2011, 01:08 PM
looking forward to seeing everyone !:D

Janet Rosen
08-18-2011, 03:33 AM
looking forward to seeing everyone !:D

Hey I hear you got an accent. I get to talk Brooklyn!

George S. Ledyard
08-18-2011, 04:01 AM
Hey I hear you got an accent. I get to talk Brooklyn!

Accent? What accent? Joe, does Howie have an accent?

Howard Popkin
08-18-2011, 08:54 AM
born in brooklyn, but I'm a longgggylander :D

Janet Rosen
08-18-2011, 11:37 AM
born in brooklyn, but I'm a longgggylander :D

Do you give directions to dojo relative to Leonard's of Great Neck ? :-)

BTW had terrible travel day yesterday - took 14 hrs instead of 5 to get to Seattle - so wasn't able to train last night at Eastside :-(

George S. Ledyard
08-18-2011, 01:19 PM
Do you give directions to dojo relative to Leonard's of Great Neck ? :-)

BTW had terrible travel day yesterday - took 14 hrs instead of 5 to get to Seattle - so wasn't able to train last night at Eastside :-(

I am sad you didn't make it... rest up and get mellow for the weekend.
- George

Janet Rosen
08-18-2011, 02:14 PM
I am sad you didn't make it... rest up and get mellow for the weekend.
- George

Hai, Sensei!

vjw
08-18-2011, 02:32 PM
Accent? What accent? Joe, does Howie have an accent?

I think so:D

Keith Larman
08-18-2011, 03:02 PM
Hey, kids, have fun. Janet, be sure to ask Toby about Takamura and astronomy... And say hi for me.

phitruong
08-19-2011, 12:27 PM
Do you give directions to dojo relative to Leonard's of Great Neck ? :-)

BTW had terrible travel day yesterday - took 14 hrs instead of 5 to get to Seattle - so wasn't able to train last night at Eastside :-(

i am jealous that you have a chance to learn from these great teachers. the world is just full with unfairness. :p

Janet Rosen
08-21-2011, 01:33 AM
Hey, kids, have fun. Janet, be sure to ask Toby about Takamura and astronomy... And say hi for me.

I approached Toby with this preface: "I've been asked to ask you a question... but I'm not sure if it is appropriate for this open training session or for dinner tonight..."
When I mentioned the topic he laughed his head off and suggested deferring it to the dinner table :-) ... he also said very nice things about you...

Janet Rosen
08-21-2011, 01:46 AM
i am jealous that you have a chance to learn from these great teachers. the world is just full with unfairness. :p

Phi, I haven't even been able to mark them down yet, they've been so incredibly generous teachers. Although I did have to teach Howard about my lineage of Jewish Mother Aikido (Sosueme Sensei) and Howard hasn't yet taught us the secret technique for shortening your opponents eyelashes...but there is still another day!

In all seriousness, I will try to put my thought in some semblance of order (perhaps a separate post next week and then a longer piece for the Oct edition of The Mirror column). What is striking (besides everybody, at my head, why are they all persecuting me?) is the alignment of operating principles across these very different arts and to a large degree their agreement on at least some of the methods for getting there. Which makes sense since the human body and psyche is a fairly standard issue item.

Janet Rosen
08-21-2011, 01:54 AM
Wanted to edit above to add this but too awkward on iPod:
There are other people I have felt and I know other readers of this have felt who are also able to do the kind of devastatingly relaxed kuzushi these teachers are doing - from old aikido-l seminars in late 90s and early 00s, Larry Novick and Chuck Clark stand out.
What is cool about a seminar like this is coming away with a practical toolset that one should be able to keep practicing from whatever the flavor of one's usual dojo.

Linda Eskin
08-21-2011, 02:12 AM
Aw, Janet, you're there too!? Dangit, I'm going to be kicking myself for years over not getting up there. Debbie and Glynis, who I just met at the Aiki Retreat got together to go, but I couldn't see my way clear to get there. Take good notes! ;-)

Russ Q
08-21-2011, 10:50 PM
Hey all,

A weekend filled with great instruction (lots of stuff to take home and work on!) good humour (as you can see by Janet's posts).

Briefly:

Kimberly Richardson Sensei - showed us to reach inside and be behind long before physical contact! Beautiful movement, beautiful dojo!

Kaizen Taki - Systema - helped us understand the freedom to move is always there if you understand your fear....Systema training is a deep, deep well to draw from.

Howard Popkin - my stomach hurts from laughing! So welcoming & full of humour. Very direct, gentle and unstoppable technique. Thanks too, to Joe Brogna for coming and reinforcing everything Howard did.

Toby Threadgill - I'm not overstating when I say this guy is a living master. Truly incredible and he showed us how to be incredible too.

George Ledyard Sensei- what a man! He put this all together and I can't thank him enough. Kudos to you George, this seminar was an incredible experience and all who attended have you to thank for it. Thanks for working so hard and being such a visionary leader!

I've been to a few seminars in my aikido career and I can say that this one is absolutely the most outstanding training experience I have enjoyed.

There's so much more but I'm going to stop now:-) Make the next one everyone... you really don't know what you missed.

Cheers,

Russ

George S. Ledyard
08-22-2011, 10:27 AM
I wanted to publicly thank each of the amazing teachers who participated in this event. Everyone I talked to was blown away by the weekend. I have enough material to work on for a year or two...

To have such incredible teachers from these other arts share what they know so generously with the Aikido community was a huge gift. It was fantastic for Kimberly Richardson Sensei and myself to be able put our takes on Aikido out there alongside these folks and see how the attendees responded to the whole mix.

I can honestly say that this was an event that folks walked away from better than when they arrived.

The response was so positive from both the attendees and the teachers involved that there will be another one in 2013. If you missed this one you will have another chance then.

I particularly wanted to thank Kimberly Richardson Sensei for allowing us to use Two Cranes Aikido for the event. It's an amazing dojo and if ever get to Seattle you should visit. It's one of the nicest dojos I have seen anywhere.

- George

Howard Popkin
08-23-2011, 09:20 AM
Hey Janet,

Thanks :)

Howard Popkin
08-23-2011, 10:33 AM
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.10150343653180589&type=1

Pics of the event !

Keith Larman
08-23-2011, 11:15 AM
I approached Toby with this preface: "I've been asked to ask you a question... but I'm not sure if it is appropriate for this open training session or for dinner tonight..."
When I mentioned the topic he laughed his head off and suggested deferring it to the dinner table :-) ...

So I hope you heard the story... :)

he also said very nice things about you...

Yeah, Toby's a good guy, but his taste in people is obviously skewed... :D

phitruong
08-23-2011, 11:28 AM
So I hope you heard the story... :)


*raising hand* not heard of the story and would like to hear it or else!

Janet Rosen
08-23-2011, 11:46 AM
Hey Janet,

Thanks :)

Oh, man, the thanks are due to you for shlepping out here and not only putting up with us woowoo west coasters but actually getting us to learn stuff in between the laughs!
About to sit down with a glass tea and look at all the photos you somehow had time to take....

Janet Rosen
08-23-2011, 11:49 AM
*raising hand* not heard of the story and would like to hear it or else!

The story was indeed told at dinner. Phi, trust me, better heard than read, but if somehow you and I meet before you and Toby meet, I'll be happy to give you my best rendition (which was apparently not bad, since it had my dear, long suffering aikido widower laughing pretty good over dinner last night....)