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On thursday the first day of the Henry Kono sensei, Alan Ruddock sensei and Tom Verhoeven sensei seminar at our club started. Having to pick up Henry Kono sensei from the Airport I missed the first morning sesion by Alan Ruddock sensei. The first afternoon sesion was by Tom Verhoeven sensei and emphasised on a lot of technical skill. Hard work and lots of sweat. The second afternoon sesion was by Henry Kono sensei. First we had a focus on dropping your weight when being uke and after that we examined the movements that arise from the interaction of nage and uke. Henry Kono sensei's lessons focus on (very advanced) principles. It was a nice first day with lots of people.
Being a good ok means riding the fine line between attacking to strongly and being to nice.
Somehow attacking strongly for a lot of people seems to mean that they have to attack full force and speed (and thus are no longer able to handle the breakfalling part of ukemi). How to learn people that a good attack is one that follows through. Most bad attacks you get are from people that hold back, change the speed midway or change the direction of the atack to a deliberate miss. In unarmed practise it sucks and is quite enoying, they dont offer anything to work with. But with weapons I fear these partners. Quite often the safety within the exercises lies within the certainty about what your partner is doing. I have been hit more often by people that tried to miss me than I have been hit by people that (within the context of the exercise) realy tried to wack me.
It seems that lately there is more focus on training shiho nage in our dojo. Of course different techniques are practised but it definitly feels like shiho nage season. It is vey nice to do even though it seems like a v difficult technique for a lot of the beginners.
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).