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G Sinclair
05-27-2005, 07:30 AM
Hello all,

My name is Greg and I have recently returned to Aikido after an 11 year gap in practice (and boy does it show).

I apologize for my ignorance but I am un-educated as to what happens at seminars. I am asking because there is one taking place about 2 states over and I would like to attend but need to do some real maneuvering to free up time (wife keeps me on a tight schedule). It is a Seminar with Chiba Sensei, and sounds like a great opportunity to improve my Aikido.

OK here are my questions:
1. I noticed it is for 2 days, How long per day?
2. What is going on? Is it lectures, instructions, demonstrations?

Thanks for any info, again sorry if this has been answered before.

Stefan Stenudd
05-27-2005, 08:28 AM
Chiba sensei is a direct Osensei student. That alone is a reason to just go, whatever. They are leaving us, sadly, Osensei's students, one after the other. Don't miss a chance to practice for one of them.

A seminar is usually two full-length classes per day, but there are variations. Regular aikido training, the teacher showing and the students trying their best at doing :-) Like a normal class in your dojo, pretty much.

The thing is, an experienced teacher, such as Chiba sensei, gives you a boost, a truck-load of inspiration and things to contemplate at home, in your own dojo. A lasting effect.

I hope that you can go. You will not regret it.

05-27-2005, 10:09 AM
Generally, you will do 4-6 hours on one day and around 2-4 on the next depending on the instructor. Most I have attended have been like regular classes. Instruction-practice. You may do weapons, hand arts, etc.

05-27-2005, 04:21 PM
my advice: GO. And expect to train very hard. At less than $100 for the weekend, it's one of the least expensive shihan-led training experiences you can find - a great bang for your buck. PLUS you get Memorial Day to recuperate!

I've attended numerous seminars taught by Chiba Sensei -- and would always regret missing one when I failed to take the opportunity. (He's coming to the midwest this fall -- need a place to stay?)


05-27-2005, 06:26 PM
If you're lucky, it'll be for as long as possible. :) And it'll most likely be worth every second. I've been to a couple of seminars and they are usually all different in their hours. You can figure on at least a lunch break during the day. Typically, you'll have a morning break and an afternoon break. But not always. :)

The more time you get on the mat, the better it is. Pick up as much as you can. Bring a very big empty cup and enjoy every moment.

As for content, that depends, too. Some seminars have just instruction, some have demonstrations, some have lectures, and some have both or all three. Usually, though, there is either a flyer or a web site that details the seminar. I'd look for that to see if they have any more info.