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Old 05-13-2008, 02:24 PM   #7
Marc Abrams
Dojo: Aikido Arts of Shin Budo Kai/ Bedford Hills, New York
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Re: Kenji Ushiro Sensei Seminar - May 2008

After-Action Report
This seminar was over-sold with a waiting list! A large majority of the attendees were Karatekas that ranged from 7th dan to beginners. The Aikidoka in attendance ranged from 5th Dan to beginners.

Day One: Ushiro Sensei focused on helping people learn to feel and generate ki from within ourselves and to perceive ki from others. Ushiro Sensei talked about a person that can access and feel ki, should aim to be able to move "faster" than feeling a person's intention and be able to feel the energy from a person as that person develops intention. Watching Ushiro Sensei move, visibly demonstrated that ability. His movements were not only perfectly harmonized with the attacker, but ahead of the attacker (regardless of what the attacker wanted to, or tried to do). Ushiro Sensei talked about learning to feel these experiences. He stated that if we try to use our conscious minds to do this, we will never develop that ability.

Day Two: Ushiro Sensei spent the day teaching us to be able to enter into an attack by using ki. All of us experienced how difficult it was be truly be able to achieve this goal. Ushiro Sensei allowed us to realize that it was easier for children to achieve this ability, rather than adults. We were able to see how our own egos and thoughts prevented us from moving naturally with powerful ki. The highlight of the day, was that the student with the highest ability to achieve this type of movement was a thirteen year-old boy who attended the seminar!

Overall Observations
Ushiro Sensei has a uncanny ability to be able to selectively project his ki so that people could experience their own movement that had been "energized" with ki (albeit Ushiro Sensei's Ki, rather than our own!). Sensei explained that this was an important training tool because the body "unconsciously" learns how to move with Ki when movement results from powerful ki.

Ushiro Sensei's powerful, positive ki brought smiles to the faces of all. For people who had never had the opportunity to train with him, it was an overwhelming and even befuddling experience to experience the effects of Sensei's ki on the participant. Ushiro Sensei left us with very lofty goals to try and achieve. His willingness to help those who wanted to reach for those goals was truly humbling. Ushiro Sensei's expressed desire is to help us develop powerful, positive ki inside ourselves so that we can make our world/planet a healthier and more positive place to live. From a martial arts perspective, Sensei wanted us to learn to realize that true and absolutely effective techniques, regardless of the art and style, can never be achieved without being able to develop and use powerful ki from within us.

October 2008 Seminar
Ushiro Sensei hopes that the VERY BASIC building blocks that were were given will be worked on diligentl so that the October seminar can be used to move us ahead further in our development.

I truly look forward to the Boulder Summer Camp and October 2008. The developing friendships that have emerged through our training under Ushiro Sensei have genuinely enriched my life. These type of life experiences are beyond any monetary value!

Marc Abrams
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