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Yesterday while training katadori men uchi dai sankyo my teacher showed us different atemi throughout the technique. I find it very frustrating to notice that my teacher probably has some kind of "sui getsu"-magnet in his fists. Even the softest atemi is spot on and I find my self grasping for air far to often.
Today I visited the seminar with Tamura Sensei. He is one of my favorite teachers. Especialy his focus on "RELAXING" is very nice. When he invites you to do the technique on him he is so relaxed that it is like running into a concrete wall or trying to push a locomotive.
His friendly smile and the little jokes he makes in french, so hardly any dutch person understands them, are always very nice. It is always a pleasure to have the experience to meet one of the favorite ukes of O Sensei.
I learned a lot today.
Yesterday we had a theory lesson about reigi, running the dojo and responsibilities of the (senior) students towards the teacher, towards the dojo, towards aikido, towards eachother and towards themselves
A nice theory lesson again. Focus on the background and philosophical context of Aikido. Looked at Confusianism, Taoism, Neoconfusianism, Zen budism and the relations of those to our western world.
Layers in traditional Japanese society were explored (Shi,No,Ko,Sho) and the differences between the moral standards as portrait by Confusianism and the implementation of those by the Samurai (with their Kiri sute gomen).
Sunday was the second day of the seminar with Donovan Waite sensei. I like the lessons from Waite sensei a lot but I am also quite amazed about what people pick up from Waite sensei. It seems like a lot of people confuse how it looks with how it is done by Waite sensei. It looks very powerfull, but there is no forced muscle strength in the techniques done by Waite sensei. Still you see a lot of people try to force the techniques, lots of muscle with crunching teeth and veins on their foreheads that nearly explode from their use of force.
We had great fun doing kaiten nage (soto and uchi), dai ikkyo and sokumen irimi nage (which a lot of people call kokyu nage). We ended with a bit of randori.
As a little side note: a found a nice and irritating 5th kyu Shihan. Yeah my own 5th kyu Shihan. Huraah
Today the Donovan Waite Sensei seminar started in Rotterdam. I went with some other persons from our dojo.
Lesson started with a long stretching, followed by ukemi parctise. I still don't understand why people talk about special Donovan Waite Style ukemi, because it sure looks like normal and ordinary ukemi to me. Still people claim it is special.
We continued with simple tenkan and irimi exercises, which were followed by various forms of shi ho nage and irimi nage. Of course the first session was ended with suwari waza ryotedori kokyu ho.
After lunch again a nice and long stretching followed by ukemi practise. Then we practised kote gaeshi,ude kime nage and some irimi nage again and then the more complicated techniques started, two kokyu nages (yes I know this isnot very informative but my body is still processing the training and so I wont even start at describing them) followed by kanseki otoshi. End again we ended with suwari waza ryote dori kokyu ho (surprise??).
I like Donovan Waite Sensei a lot. Besides a good looking man, he is also a very soft, friendly, smiling and gentil teacher. He feels so gentil, but in the same time techniques are so good and subtile.