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On Saturday night, my wife and I were invited to the house of the General Consulate of Japan to experience a private concert by Shonosuke Okura, Noh Drummer, http://www.hiten-jp.com. I only write about it, because I was thoroughy impressed with his speech and with his music.
The principles of which he uses for the Noh Drum are very similar to the principles of Aikido. His stance, posture, and gaze was also identical to the way we train in Aikido.
His idea's of pursuing the drum for peace are the same as Morihei Ueshiba's ideas of pursuing peace through Aikido.
Another wonderful class in the cold weather. Last night we actually got the chance to open up all the doors and "cool" the place down just a bit more. And I can't believe that not one person complained about their toes going numb.
Today we covered the following techniques:
Shomen-uchi Ikkyo Omote
Shomen-uchi Ikkyo Ura
Shomen-uchi Nikyo Ura
Kata-dori Nikyo Omote
Bokuto - Nikyo
Very fast and powerful class. Being able to express Aikido is very important part of learning.
We focused a lot on Kokyu and using your body, lowering your center to perform techniques. This is probably why people sometimes think that the shorter you are the better your Aikido is. I tend to disagree. Learn to lower yourself, bend your knees and it doesn't really matter how tall you are, nor your uke.