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George S. Ledyard 02-21-2014 03:36 PM

July 2nd - 6th - Saotome Sensei and Ikeda Sensei in DC
 
July 2nd - 6th 2014
The ASU DC Aikido Summer Camp in Washington, DC
Mitsugi Saotome Shihan and Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan

This event is hosted by the ASU but is open to all organizations and affiliations. In addition to these two world renowned teachers, the Aikido Shobukan Dojo has invited William Gleason, John Messores, George Ledyard, Gary Small, and Melissa Bell as guest instructors making this one of the strongest rosters of the year's events.

Info and Registration

Flyer

Saotome Sensei Video Clip

Ikeda Sensei Video Clip

George S. Ledyard 02-24-2014 11:44 AM

Re: July 2nd - 6th - Saotome Sensei and Ikeda Sensei in DC
 
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The schedule for the 2014 ASU Summer Camp in DC has been posted. See the attached .pdf

Look like an amazing event.

Millsy 02-24-2014 05:07 PM

Re: July 2nd - 6th - Saotome Sensei and Ikeda Sensei in DC
 
Hi, are there any restrictions on non-ASU members attending session of the camp?

George S. Ledyard 02-25-2014 04:16 PM

Re: July 2nd - 6th - Saotome Sensei and Ikeda Sensei in DC
 
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Tony Mills wrote: (Post 335488)
Hi, are there any restrictions on non-ASU members attending session of the camp?

No, this event is open top all styles and affiliations. We often have folks from all over the world.

phitruong 02-26-2014 07:36 AM

Re: July 2nd - 6th - Saotome Sensei and Ikeda Sensei in DC
 
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Tony Mills wrote: (Post 335488)
Hi, are there any restrictions on non-ASU members attending session of the camp?

as far as i know, there isn't. last year i was practicing with a yoshinkan guy at the camp. i believed he was from yoshinkan, because he went into that yoshinkan posse and kept wanting to get back to the starting spot after he was thrown. this event is a good spot where you can meet most of the top tier folks from ASU, instead of going to dozen of seminars to meet them, that is if you can find them. you also run into some questionable characters, like this Ledyard guy, who puts disturbing ideas into your head and makes you questioning your aikido practices. :)

Alex Megann 02-26-2014 08:22 AM

Re: July 2nd - 6th - Saotome Sensei and Ikeda Sensei in DC
 
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Phi Truong wrote: (Post 335539)
… that yoshinkan posse ...

A Yoshinkan sheriff and his posse all out to get you - scary thought...

Alex

Millsy 02-26-2014 04:14 PM

Re: July 2nd - 6th - Saotome Sensei and Ikeda Sensei in DC
 
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Phi Truong wrote: (Post 335539)
as far as i know, there isn't. last year i was practicing with a yoshinkan guy at the camp. i believed he was from yoshinkan, because he went into that yoshinkan posse and kept wanting to get back to the starting spot after he was thrown. this event is a good spot where you can meet most of the top tier folks from ASU, instead of going to dozen of seminars to meet them, that is if you can find them. you also run into some questionable characters, like this Ledyard guy, who puts disturbing ideas into your head and makes you questioning your aikido practices. :)

Thanks Phi, I'm hoping I can make it for at least a day or two, "Wife leave passes" are running low for seminars at the moment :( As you say, there are some very interesting people in ASU that I'd really like to experience, this "Ledyard guy" definitely being one of them, and this is my best opportunity before I go back to Australia later this year, though I do have one seminar with William Gleason penciled in. Oh and Its OK, I'm at that formative stage of aikido where I question my practice daily :)

So this year if you see a strange Australian doing funny aikido (not yoshinkan :)) and looking lost at the seminar, say hi, its probably me.

Millsy 02-26-2014 04:18 PM

Re: July 2nd - 6th - Saotome Sensei and Ikeda Sensei in DC
 
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George S. Ledyard wrote: (Post 335524)
No, this event is open top all styles and affiliations. We often have folks from all over the world.

Thanks for the reply, I'm negotiating leave with the Wife now :) Hope to make at least some of it.

George S. Ledyard 03-20-2014 07:02 PM

2014 Aikido Summer Camp in DC
 
My thoughts on the upcoming summer camp:

The theory of limits… a student gave me a book about this a while back. The gist of the subject matter was that, in any complex system, it is crucial to analyze exactly what the "limiting factor" is at any point in time if one wishes to actually improve the outcome. One can pour all sorts of time, effort, and money into the various elements that contribute to the outcome but, if it isn't the "limiting factor", no improvement whatever will be seen in the final outcome.

Learning Aikido is just such a complex system. Many people put tremendous time, effort, and money into their training and do not show the improvement that all of that would justify. We have all heard Saotome Sensei saying "I have seen you every year for ten years… each year is no different. What is the point of your training?" The reason that this can happen is that people fail to address their own limiting factors in their training.
If we wish to understand the Aikido of our teacher, Mitsugi Saotome Sensei, it isn't about technique. It is about impeccable physical structure… relaxed and integrated. The role of the intent and how it is used to give one's body structure is central to everything Sensei does. The ability to get "kuzushi on contact", the hallmark of aiki in ones technique is completely dependent on having this integrated structure and how to use ones intent to create direction for the energy of the contact between the partners.
Another central principle in Saotome Sensei's Aikido is that the connection or communication between the partners starts well before the physical touch. The ability to project ones intent across a space and have an effect on a partner is completely dependent on developing the integrated physical structure mentioned. Attempts to "project" are futile if ones structure is not integrated. A lack of structure is readable by anyone with even a little training. Sensei's critique, "You people have no courage…" is really his way of trying to say that your structure is screwed up and you can't project your intention to your partner.
The 2014 ASU Aikido Summer Camp in DC offers a way to address this issue. Some of the ASU's best teachers will be offering instruction on exactly how to develop proper structure, achieve kuzushi on contact, and project ones intent to connect before the physical contact is made. While there will be a broad range of instruction from many different teachers, I think these elements are, in fact, the limiting factor of most people's Aikido and I cannot think of a better place to encounter a number of teachers who can offer clear, body centered instruction on how to improve in the area. Even a small improvement on these principles will allow a student to get so much more from Saotome Sensei's instruction.
This event isn't just about getting together to train, being on the mat yet again with one's teacher, it is about walking away from the event actively better than one arrived. I think the quality of the instruction should allow just that.


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