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10-10-2015, 12:15 PM
Aikido South is planning to host Dan Harden in Atlanta, November 20-22, 2015. We are currently working on details for the seminar and I will post them when they become available.
If you are interested, you may e-mail Dan your payment and registration information:
Paypal email@example.com. $195 is the weekend rate. Send in your money and reference the ATL seminar in November - do not expect to hear a response. :)
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. More to come. In the meantime, visit www.aikidosouth.com to learn more.
10-10-2015, 12:32 PM
Hey y'all. I just updated our website and will try to keep both this thread and the website current.
As a reminder for Dan's Seminars, we'll have class Friday evening, but the class is generally reserved for students who have previously worked with Dan. I promise classes on Saturday and Sunday will be more than enough if you have not yet worked out with Dan.
10-14-2015, 11:58 AM
Also, in case you haven't been in a while, here's Dan's website, with some additional information about setting up your payments and information about the seminars:
11-15-2015, 01:42 PM
I have updated our website (www.aikidosouth.com) with event details.
11-30-2015, 11:12 AM
I'm posting something of a summary from the event...
First, it was a great seminar. I feel that every seminar Dan gets under his belt, he finds a better way to communicate his material. Dan's model of training is straight-forward and he got to puts hands on everyone at the seminar and that is very important to working with him. We had some visitors who got to see what Dan does, why he does it and what the effects are on his partners. We are used to telling visitors, "you gotta feel Dan." - they got to feel Dan and see what all the hub-bub is all about.
Without getting into details, those of us who have worked with Dan felt we covered a lot of material during the seminar, while paying very close attention to what we were doing and why. We covered the basics of Dan's models while also looking at some points of refinement for those who have been to a few seminars.
We also had a great time. Intense training followed by some fun. I want to thank everyone who participated. We are looking forward to hosting Dan again next year and I'll post that information when we get a seminar together.
12-03-2015, 08:34 AM
Just finally getting a chance to post some thoughts on Dan's latest seminar down here in ATL. I've now been to a couple of Harden seminars, and I have to say that this was definitely the best to date! Friday nights are reserved for returning students, and we got plenty of hands-on time with Dan. One of the things that I've seen Dan do a few times now is that he begins with questions. As distance learners, these question/answer sessions are critical to making sure we are not heading off into the weeds. The questions ranged from theoretical questions to mechanical questions/exercises, and I always find this super helpful. I've never seen this approach in any of the aikido seminars that I've been to (although instructors have always been open to answering my questions). Overall though, starting off with questions creates a personalized feel to the instruction. I think it also allows Dan to draw the focus away from himself, and constantly emphasize THE material (and as Dan emphasizes, this material has been around for thousands of years).
Saturday and Sunday were very much focused on how to generate Intent (balancing yin/yang in your own body) using various methods of pulling silk. While some of Dan's previous seminars have been likened to drinking from a fire hose with the sheer volume of information, I felt that this seminar had a perfect balance of information and practice time. Obviously, these things have to be felt, and Dan made sure to spend a lot of individual time with each person so they could feel the correct intent. We spent plenty of time doing a combination of solo-work, push-testing, and partner drills to get better tissue recruitment and body connection, all the while Dan was going around helping people get the correct body-feeling. In-between these sessions Dan would show some higher-level applications to the movements. One of my favorite aspects of the seminar is that Dan can show you how THE material relates to whatever art you practice. We had aikido, judo, tai chi, wing-chun, BJJ, etc. all represented, and Dan was happy to demonstrate how this powerful bodywork could be applied in these various arts. Standing up or ground-work, the aiki was working everywhere! By the end of the seminar, we were doing some very rudimentary spiraling movements, and attempting to make aiki happen (balancing yin/yang forces at the point of contact). There is so much to work on, but we at least have a good understanding of what we need to work on next.
Because this is an online review, I want to quickly address some online-related issues. Some of the online detractors have noted that Dan bad-mouths other arts like aikido. This is COMPLETELY false! There was nothing in the seminar to suggest that Dan has anything less than the highest respect for these arts. If anything, there is a frustration that the arts aren't being practiced to their full potential. Related to this, another false statement is that what Dan is showing is not consistent with aikido. Again, I have to strongly disagree. Everything that Dan showed us this weekend was perfectly consistent with what the founder of aikido demonstrated, AND wrote about (some of which is just now being translated thanks to Chris Li). More importantly, Dan can back up these statements with action. Just ask some of the higher-ranking aikidoka who have trained with him whether or not this method produces powerful soft aikido!
Just to conclude the review, I want to thank everyone for coming out to the seminar. It is a great pleasure to host Dan, and although we are only two years into this bodywork, we are seeing some measurable results. This material has been around for thousands of years because it works, and Dan has a very clear method of teaching the foundations of aiki! I am already looking forward to his next visit!!!
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