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Old 01-16-2017, 03:05 PM   #1
Juanlu Durán
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 9
Allen Beebe first seminar in Germany

Allen Beebe sensei will be teaching for the first time a seminar in Germany during the first weekend of April in Mainz (31 March, 1 and 2 April).
We would like to invite you to attend these training sessions.

Allen is a student of the late Shirata Rinjiro, one of the famous names of early aikido. In these sessions Allen will be covering, among others, the core basis of Shirata sensei's teachings—the building blocks which make the techniques of Aikido possible, the Tan Doku Dosa.
These solo exercises containing almost all of the movements necessary for aikido and organized so that, when performed regularly, one can train the core body elements necessary to produce aiki.

This seminar with Allen will be generally informal and interactive. There will be ample opportunity for questions and answers throughout. For this reason, we would ask that you wear normal exercise clothing or other loose comfortable attire.

The training takes on Friday 31 March (18:00- 20:30 h), Saturday 1 (10:00-12:30 h and 14:00- 16:30h) and Sunday 2 April (10:00-12:30 )
The seminar will take place Friday and Saturday on the Sport Hall of the University of Mainz, Albert-Schweitzer-Straße 22, 55128 Mainz, Deutschland
Sunday location is still to confirm but it will be nearby.

The seminar fee is € 150 for the weekend. It is possible to attend to single sessions.
You can transfer the fee to NL97 INGB 0007 3700 80 f.a.o. Stichting Aikido Zwolle, specifying taht you are paying for the german seminar. Or you can use PayPal sending it to walter(at)walteroudewesselink.com.

Registration is desirable as the seminar is limited to ensure the interaction between Allen and the attendees.

For more information, you can e-mail to dbjuanl(at)gmail.com
Or visit our facebook eventpage https://www.facebook.com/events/243398139406033/

We are looking forward to a very informative and enjoyable weekend. We hope you will join us in Mainz, Germany.
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Old 01-18-2017, 01:16 PM   #2
Juanlu Durán
Join Date: May 2008
Posts: 9
Re: Allen Beebe first seminar in Germany

The correct link of the Facebook event page is https://www.facebook.com/events/1322594104463355/
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Old 03-14-2017, 02:56 PM   #3
Dojo: Seikokan
Location: Zwolle
Join Date: Aug 2008
Posts: 167
Re: Allen Beebe first seminar in Germany

The seminar is now fully booked.

Maybe bad news for those who were planning to go.
But Allen will be back in Spain and the Netherlands end of June / early July.
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Old 05-08-2017, 02:26 PM   #4
Juanlu Durán
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Posts: 9
Re: Allen Beebe first seminar in Germany

Here is my review of Allen Beebe´s seminar:

In wonderful spring weather, the first seminar of Allen Beebe in Mainz (Germany), took place during the first weekend of April 2017

Allen is a good-natured man, accessible, and reluctant to any type of protocol or hierarchy. This, combined with his enormous teaching skill, makes him an excellent transmitter of knowledge. His goal was, in his own words, that each and every one of us would end the seminar achieving the keys needed to begin to develop Aiki. And, as he confirmed to us, his expectations were exceeded.

The size of the group, the desire to work, and the positive curious attitude of the audience created an incredible learning atmosphere. Thanks to this participative atmosphere and the numerous questions formulated by the seminar attendees, there was no doubt unresolved.

Along with the theoretical basis, Allen provided us with numerous solo exercises and ways of testing them with a partner, including among them the first Tandoku Dosa and the first technique of Rinjiro Shirata’s teaching system.

An Aiki Body is a tensegrity structure, which is dynamically stable because all its parts move in unison in three axes, that is to say, creating spirals. This spiral movement creates tangents to any force we encounter, making us control them without resisting or avoiding. In order to create such a structure, we use gravity and normal force. It is a process of reprogramming our neuromuscular inertia, learning to do less, learning to not use concentric muscle contraction, and to not to go against these opposite forces.

Actually, the theory is simple. The real question to be answered is whether we will have the courage and perseverance to make it ours, to commit ourselves to forge an Aiki body.

I would like to praise the presence of many veteran Aikido practitioners who had no problem leaving all their conceptions aside to learn as if it were their first day. Allen told us that the heart of Shirata's teachings is humility as the first necessary step for learning, and the participants demonstrated that virtue.

Finally, I want to express thanks to the Aikido group of Mainz ’ s University and its instructors and friends, Bardo and Till, for their help with the preparation of the seminar and generosity to opening their doors to us.

I hope that next year we will see each other again.

Last edited by Juanlu Durán : 05-08-2017 at 02:37 PM.
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