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Well last night's class was one in a million!
I arrived as usual very early so I can get ready and watch or maybe join in with the ju jutsu class.
This time there was a Spanish green belt and some other guy with a blue belt.I watched intensively as they battled it out between each other crawling over one another all sweaty and breathless.Panting and gasping for breath as they grappled like two animals fighting for survival.
Rene came and I was very happy that he did as it has lifted his spirits up greatly after his bereavement, poor guy.
We got the mats out and was joined by four brown belts three of which I have never seen before and one who looked scary and dangerous.
We did the communal warm up counting in Japanese and then we did some foot movement, to which I once again found myself standing trying to copy what they where doing and very confused.
We then moved over to shihonage once again which I was super comfortable with and very happy to train with all the different types of skilled people we have in the dojo.
We did from pushing and pulling and from attacks and so on.
We then did jiuwaza! This was started by two brown belts which was nice to see then followed by two white belts where one guy landed on his neck and almost was unconscious.
Then two more brown belts where one guy almost got his wrist broken.Then Rene and myself got up and did some where we only remembered two techniques,sadly enough.
Class ended and I am super happy after that! ...More
Well Last night I went to lesson alone as Rene has had a bereavement in the family and is not 100% and feeling a little down.
I arrived at the new location which was very warm and a little smaller but still nice and has a nice view of the gracht!
I got changed and was then met with a second guy who is from Ireland and has been doing Aikibudo for a while and then we joined the Jiu Jutsu group for a little training. We did escapes from ground hold's and other stuff which was interesting and fun.
We then started the lesson with the usual group warm up and then on to "Shihunage" from a push, pull, and different strikes. This was very good as you had to blend with your Uke and this was something I had not felt in a while. The Lock at the end was super painful yet it took me a while to find how this works and I can only explain it as "pulling the leg off a chicken". This was very hard to do on the older guy as he was not very responsive as an Uke and kept on moving and rolling around like a child when things got a little difficult.
The warm down was also a killer and I could not finish half of it.
I arrived at the dojo before time as usual and watched the jiu jutsu class as I got changed into my Gi.
Rene arrived and we chatted as he got ready and then we where invited on to the mat o train a little Jiu Jutsu.
We where shown how to get out of a Full Nelson and how to do a "Arm bar' which was fun and we all had a nice time in learning it. We then started our own class which first consisted of the communal warm up where we all count together in Japanese and then some rolls and falls and then we went on to a movement thing which I could not get at all. We then moved on to "Tenchi Nage" which was done in a different way as to what I have been thought and was a little difficult for me but I think I did ok!
Then on to a "Nikajo" technique which was amazing and i had a lot of fun doing and getting right.
The lesson was very fast and very technical and I enjoyed it a lot and then came the infamous Aikibuken warm down where we did falling and getting up without using your hands to the Sensei's timing.Then on to pushups and then leg thing which nearly makes me throw up.
Well this was my third lesson and this time Rene came along after watching a Saturday class.
He was a little apprehensive as he thought that the style was a little excessive and harder than AIkikai training upstairs with Erick, yet he did like the discipline and the enthusiasm of the students and the teacher.
We both arrived and got changed and watched Sensei Hire teaching the Jiu Jutsu and waited whilst the lesson finished.
We all started the lesson with the group warm-up and counting in Japanese.
Then myself and Rene where left to our our devises to do a little break falling and a few techniques.
We did mostly movement and falling/rolling and where shown a different approach to kokyonage which was fun.
Well it was my second lesson and I turned up and slowly got ready as the sensei took the Jiu Jutsu class.
I watched intently as he was explaining pressure points and how to do them and how effective they are!
The others arrived and we chatted as we got changed.
The Jiu Jutsu lesson ended and we put out a few more mats and got ready for the group warm up. Brent explained how it works and we carried on warming up,stretching and so forth.
The feeling of family came over me and my mind was 10% focused on the Aikido and its application,I thought nothing but Aikido which is strange as this is one of the first times this has happened and I knew I had picked the right place for me!
We then did a kind of Kata and movement which I tried and was rather hard for me to do and them after that I was tested on my skill.
I proved that I knew my stuff even though I was "New" in his dojo and style yet I knew the basics for what Aikido was and how it is applied!
Then I was tested as UKE.
I was thrown, slammed and beaten for about 20 minutes and proved that I was an outstanding UKE, which was nice to hear and boosted me to no end.
Another super great lesson and I can't wait for next week.
Well I finally bit the bullet and did something about my situation and current dojo disappointments. I had searched around all the other possibilities and found that I liked "Knuckles" dojo yet I could not commit to a one day a week training, I would not learn enough and I would drift away from this.
The second option was in Museum plein and this was Aikikai and the same thing, disorganised and something i think I would stagnate in.
So I looked into the Shinbukan dojo, this was different as it had dojo rules and a more super strict way.
I arranged a meeting which was for me to sit through a class and watch!
I did so and was amazed at how different and smooth their technique was. I felt as if I truly wanted to be a part of this and at the end of the lesson after the Sensei had given his ideas of why the technique is as it is and also his philosophy over this I told him I wanted to join.
Yesterday I arrived and was given a new dogi and all my papers and had my first lesson,i was great and I had a good time learning how to fall and roll all over again.
The style is very energetic and fluid. I spent most of the time looking like a newbie and bowing to my sempai and being alone learning to fall all over again and getting rid of old Aikikai ways, but I was not once deterred at all!
I think this will be the start of a new found friendship and a long lasting relationship!
Will keep you posted and for more info please see: http://www.shinkendo.nl/