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Ron Tisdale's Blog Blog Tools Rate This Blog
Creation Date: 05-19-2004 11:52 AM
Ron Tisdale
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In General more on pivots, kokyu dosa Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #28 New 04-10-2006 10:19 AM
More info on Pivots 8 and 9 on Saturday. For both, make sure the kamae is proper after the pivot. Start with pivoting hand going level in the first part of figure 8, then lower and lower the hips for 2nd part...hand should go from level to lower. On 1st part, never take hand past center.

8 starts gyaku, 180 dpivot, figure 8 with hand, as you break the shoulder line, xstep in back pivot. Palm up, then down.

9 starts aihamne, front pivot, back pivot, figure 8 with hand, as you break the shoulder line, front pivot. Palm down the whole time.

9 has much more of a ki-no-nagare feel to it, but uke's part is hard in that you have to time taking the hand offered and pushing.

When pinning at end of kokyu dosa, heel of palm down, fingers up. On number 10, shift forward after throwing, number 4, right side, right hand in front, right hand on top, open forward and to the right.

1 -- pulling
2 -- pushing
3 -- holding
4 -- atemi
5 -- cover knee and retreat knee
6 -- tenchinage ichi
7 -- tenchinage ni, uke must make big ukemi, get all the way around, big cross-step.
8 -- keep hand tighter to small of back, palm up, palm down, enter on palm up side.
9 -- don't enter, just pivot on knee, 45 degree angle ok for throw.
10 -- shite kneeling uke standing -- over shoulder

On gamentsuki, iminage ichi (under the arm), thumb up just like shomenuchi when you cut down and back. DO NOT GRAB.

Test techniques, remember to have your book. Good training, and the yoga is h ...More Read More
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In General Interesting week of keiko Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #27 New 04-06-2006 11:32 AM
Started a class in yoga on Tuesday, an interesting mix of Ashtanga and other methods. Exhausting! but exhilerating at the same time.

Keiko on Wed. night was good. I started out tired from the yoga the night before, but as class progressed, my energy awoke. We worked the 10 pivots, first solo, then with partner, then with applied technique. Kancho gave the best explanation yet for the difference between pivots 8 and 9.

8 starts gyaku, 180 dpivot, figure 8 with hand, as you break the shoulder line, xstep in back pivot. Palm up, then down.

9 starts aihamne, front pivot, back pivot, figure 8 with hand, as you break the shoulder line, front pivot. Palm down the whole time.

9 has much more of a ki-no-nagare feel to it, but uke's part is hard in that you have to time taking the hand offered and pushing.

Free style afterward felt really nice, I had some trouble managing the ma ai from ryote mochi for iriminage, but was able to figure it out after a couple failures. I could feel the relaxation in form the best yet during some of those throws...I could feel uke's weight going, feel the focus in the hips, and the power of the throw from the stance. Felt like what I see when people *really* do yoshinkan. Probably won't happen again for a while...but I'm used to that.

Found this really nice article at Aikido Journal.


I would have loved to spend some time with this guy on the mat. Ellis is ...More Read More
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In General Back again Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #26 New 03-30-2006 07:11 AM
Well, I was back on the mat again after an enforced 2 week layoff due to tendonitis in my shoulders. Here's hoping that I don't get a re-occurance. The left side was bad enough I almost went to the emergency room. It had me really down for a while, I missed training, and I wasn't sure what to do about all these stupid joint issues (knees, shoulders, what's next?). Enough whining.

After a layoff, I often feel pretty good about getting back in the mix, and last night was no exception. Jui waza for the last part of class and afterward felt pretty good, but I blocked on different waza during class time...so I trained some of the ones I wished I had done before. They worked well...surprised it was so hard to do them during class.

I need to stop diddling about and get in a full yoga class, at least once a week, and do portions of a routine every day. If I'm going to keep training, it's time to step up and take care of the bod.

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In General This past saturday's classses at the Doshinkan Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #25 New 02-14-2006 12:56 PM
Posted this in a forum, but decided to add to journal as well.

1st 1 hour Class:
quick warm ups, ukemi (ushiro, backward rolls, about 50), united basic movements (7 of them) interspersed with the ukemi (about 6 times), Jo stances (8).

Waza for first hour; katate mochi, nikajo, osae ichi (one hand grasp, 2nd control, pin # 1).

I can't remember if there was much of a break between 1st and 2nd class, but then the techniques were:

2nd class:
katate mochi, nikajo, osae ichi / katate mochi, nikajo nage (throw) / katate mochi, nikajo, kaeshi waza into kotegaeshi nage. Ushiro ukemi as a class to finish, about 50 I think.

Both classes were fast paced, 1st class is basic, 2nd class intermediate.

3rd class (advanced):
kihon dosa to kanren waza (united basic movements and applied technique) with partner which is six basic movements and six techiniques (sokomen iriminage, hijiate kokyunage, kokyunage, nikajo osae, shihonage ichi (omote), shihonage ni (ura) osae).

tanto tachi waza - hiza giri hichu giri
tanto with partner, 10 waza, 4 kneeling, 6 standing.
randori (it was a small class, so one person in the middle, all the others doing katate mochi attacks)

I haven't done 3 classes in a row for a while, so as you can imagine, I was rather tired by the end of this. I may have forgotten a thing or two...

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In General Review: Ellis Amdur in Maryland Jan. 28 - 29 Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #24 New 02-02-2006 11:41 AM
I had the pleasure this past weekend of training with Ellis Amdur at the hombu dojo of the Itto Tenshin-ryu / Yamate-ryu in Maryland, hosted by Aikido of Northern Virginia and Jim Sorrentino. We trained for six hours each day Saturday (open hand) and Sunday (buki waza). Both days were absolutely fantastic, and definitely eye-opening. The purpose for this review, however, is not to give a blow-by-blow account of the techniques taught. Something much more important is going on here. Ellis is now working with the Itten dojo on their aikido curriculum, and is shaping their program in a very positive way, which I believe can have a huge impact on the way aikido is practiced and viewed as a martial art.

Revived Sword Kata of Toda-Ha Buko-Ryu

While the empty hand training is definitely my main motivation for writing this piece, I do want to spend some time speaking about the weapon training on Sunday, simply because it was so unusual. Ellis has full transmission in the classical martial art of Toda-Ha Buko-Ryu Naginatajutsu. He has revived some of their sword forms that have been lost to the membership of the ryu, and it was one of these forms that he taught on Sunday. He and Fred Little went through the forms as they exist now (tachi vs naginata, tachi vs bo), and then the sword form. But before we started working the kata, Ellis took us through a detailed set of suburi to establish the form for proper cutting (in terms of the Toda-Ha Buko-ryu). This set the platform for th ...More Read More
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In General Doshinkan After Class exercise 1 and 2 with sword Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #23 New 05-19-2004 11:52 AM
Last night Utada Sensei taught an excellent version of ACE1&2...first we did it with a partner in the usual fashion, and then with both partners using the bokken. The point (I believe) was to focus on maintain connection with your partner through the bokken during the movements of shihonage ichi and ni (omote and ura), while also maintaining focus, balance, form and breathing. It gave me a very special feeling almost right away...and once I was used to the movements in that context, I found it very meditative yet focused. One interesting thing was that I got to work with a brown belt I don't remember training with before, so it was like meeting someone for the first time, yet doing something very personal with them.

The exercise deffinately enhanced the feeling of connection during the randori style portion of the class for me. This is one I want to do more often.
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In General Daito ryu with Kondo Sensei Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #22 New 05-19-2004 08:52 AM
Spent Friday night, Saturday and Sunday training with Kondo Sensei at John Goss's study group in Maryland. Great training, with great people, and lot's of corrections from Kondo Sensei himself.

Friday night focused on applied technique from the goshin no te. Still trying to come up with some descriptions of the techniques. I believe we will have dvd available with the techniques eventually.

Saturday and Sunday were almost completely devoted to the Nikkajo techniques, tachi waza, ushiro waza, hanza handachi and idori. Sunday included some review of rising aiki with shiho from Ikkajo, and in a 3rd control based technique from the idori set in nikkajo. Kondo sensei stressed the aiki in ikkajo, as opposed to nikkajo being primarily jujutsu based, with aiki in certain places.

I'm still working on putting together my notes, but it was a fantastic opportunity to see the basis of the techniques in aikido. I had some very good revelations about sokomen iriminage that I need to explore more deeply. Also got to work koshi garuma off of yokomenuchi, very difficult but wonderful technique!

Also got to see kyu and dan testing...now that was a treat!

I'll either add another entry or edit this one as I get my thoughts together. I still have to write a review of Nizam Taleb Sensei's seminar, and I'd like to write my first full review of a yoshinkan seminar...Chida Sensei is in Phila. at the Doshinkan for 3 days this week! Not to be missed...I'm hoping I won't get ...More Read More
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In General keiko with friends, keiko at home Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #21 New 04-19-2004 12:38 PM
Two really good training sessions this week.

The first was with Kirisawa Sensei and the Kenkyukai folks on thursday. Really good practice, hard, non-stop. The softer stuff is coming more naturally now, but I'm still not relaxed enough, and you can still tell that I don't maintain connection as uke enough when they do stuff I'm not familiar with. A lot of tenkan as opposed to the kaiten they often do, shomenuchi iriminage ura, really waiting for uke to 'lose their hips', katatedori kotegaishi, turning the hand back into the arm instead of the angle I'm used to. The suwari waza shomenuchi ikkyo went very well for me, and the knee only hurt a tiny bit, and not much swelling at all. Because they keep such a good connection as uke, it felt really powerfull on both ura and omote...but I could feel a bad habit of not controlling the elbow creeping in too. Gotta watch that. The jiyu waza went exceptionally well...even when exhausted!

And the liquid bandage stuff works like a charm...someone's toenail cut my little toe, and I bled like crazy...but after putting that stuff on, I didn't even have to bandage my toe for my Saturday 3 1/2 hour session. That was a really good practice. I spent most of the last two classes working with one of the Doshinkan forth dans; learned a heck of a lot. Gotta get in better shape though...my breath control is not where it should be. I did manage to forget some stupid stuff that should be habit by now, but I'll just keep working on i ...More Read More
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In General Seiichi Sugano Seminar Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #20 New 03-16-2004 09:22 AM
I had the great pleasure of attending a seminar given by Seiichi Sugano Shihan this weekend. The seminar was hosted by the Philadelphia Aikikai dojo of Henry Smith Sensei. There have been some very good threads on the Aikido Journal website about seminars recently, and I think that my experiences at this seminar spoke to some of the points under discussion. I also found this seminar unusual because of Sugano Sensei's recent history. Many of you already know that just less than a year ago (April 2nd, 2003), Sugano Sensei underwent surgery to amputate a foot due to complications from diabetes. He is now teaching with the aid of prosthesis. Seeing a part of this remarkable recovery was probably the most inspirational thing I have seen in my aikido career. I often say that my teacher shows me the true meaning of budo. Now I have another person who has shown this to me as well. I've started to review Sugano Sensei's DVD, and while his recovery is not yet complete, you can see just how far he has come.

I was only able to attend Saturday's classes this time...I will certainly try to make all available sessions the next time Sugano Sensei is in town. Henry Smith Sensei taught the first of the morning classes, and it was an excellent class in which to warm-up, start moving with a partner, and get to know some of the participants through Aikido. I especially enjoyed the warm welcome Smith Sensei, his students and the other participants gave me. Smith Sensei did some very ...More Read More
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In General more keiko, more keiko, more... Entry Tools Rate This Entry
  #19 New 02-13-2004 09:03 AM
Now training two days per week, two classes each time, and sometimes freestyle training afterward. Still not nearly relaxed enough, but it is improving. I did pretty well staying relaxed for sotai dosa and ukemi Tuesday night, but not even close as shite. The knee is not swelling at all, though sometimes it is painfull during and afterward. When I first started, couldn't really do a sliding breakfall #2 on that side, now its not so much of a problem.

We're working nikajo this month, so the wrists are getting a good workout. I'm still blocking the best part of the energy at my shoulders. Its getting a little better, but I haven't quite gotten to the next stage yet. Gotta try to make more classes to get the mat time in to fix that. My kamae is relatively weak and my posture isn't straight enough while cutting. I'll try to work on that while doing suburi.

Last saturday I trained without the brace to see how it felt. It was like being freed! I'd forgotten what its like to move unrestricted. There was too much pain afterward, so its not quite ready yet...but in another month I'll try without the brace again to see how it goes.

Everyone is being very helpfull.

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