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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.
Especially not when I am uke. I am trusting my partner with my body so he should respect it. Most people understand this without even thinking about it at all, but once in a while one runs into somebody whose enthousiasme makes him forget to be gentil. And hiji osea really hurts too much when done with a lot of muscle. Of course I will survive. Coldpack, some massage and arneca. Darn fragile elbows,
I will have to survive because tomorrow is the Donovan Waite seminar ;-)
Yesterdays lesson was completely focussed on the concepts of Shu Ha and Ri. In the special lesson for senior students sensei gave a very long explanation about the normal learning proces in Aikido and the effects this has on how one should behave in the dojo. Using the western philosophical concepts of doxa, sophia and idea he was able to clarify for a lot of the senior students what we are looking for in aikido, and maybe more important, in which way we do this.
Swept the floor. Cleaned the mats. Wipped the blackboard. Arranged the Kamiza.
Nice fast training. Dynamic form of katate dori uchi kaiten nage followed by a very dynamic katate dori sokumen irimi nage and some kokyu nage. Isn't it amazing where you can find extra energy after you are completely and utterly exhausted? Dynamic forms of katate dori dai sankyo followed by some more kokyu nage. We finished with some different kumijo. Two and a half hours is always way to short.