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Old 01-25-2005, 12:56 PM   #1
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Ideas for embukai

My plan is to show several strings of techniques (just basic aikikai waza that require simple ukemi) to the Univeristy club members and help them to ultimately have a demonstration and party for the end of the year.

I tried searching for lists of techniques that flow together well and I didn't find much here.

I've attended several embus in Japan and I remember my favorite series of techniques pretty well. But, I would like to come up with several options for them. I think that once they get started, they'll be able to make up their own - but it's a tall order to ask them to start out being that creative using techniques they may have never seen before this year.

If anyone on aikiweb has a particular string of techniques they would be willing to share I'd really appreciate it.

If you have a series from shodokan, can you post it anyway and I'll do my best to get help translating the terminology into something I understand.

Thanks,
Rob
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Old 01-25-2005, 01:28 PM   #2
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Re: Ideas for embukai

Don't get hit!
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Old 01-26-2005, 02:15 AM   #3
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Re: Ideas for embukai

I know a bunch of set ones, but something that I have always liked for demonstrations is the "square" format where you have 4 people demonstrating.

What happens is that the 4 people face each other diagonally, forming four corners of a scare. The first pair walk towards each other diagonally and do a slow, very basic technique. Then they finish and go back to their original spot.

The next pair runs at each other and does the same technique/attack but in a more advanced fashion. Then they get up and go back to their spots.

Repeat...

Usually the "basic" part involves a pin and the "more advanced" shows a throw.

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Old 01-26-2005, 03:15 AM   #4
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Re: Ideas for embukai

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...forming four corners of a scare..
Freudian slip, Michael?

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Old 01-26-2005, 12:46 PM   #5
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Re: Ideas for embukai

Hello Rob,
Maybe not what you're asking for, but I have a PDF of Embukai etiquette put together by one of the AKI guys in Australia - basically how Takeda Shihan's group does them in Japan. Covers students' positioning on the mats, etc.

Also, I was looking at some of the Aikido Journal video clips of various sensei doing demos (very cool Yamaguchi Sensei clips). Maybe there are good ideas there?

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Old 01-26-2005, 12:47 PM   #6
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Re: Ideas for embukai

Rob, what I meant to say was that I'd send you the PDF if it seems like something you'd want.
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Old 01-26-2005, 04:51 PM   #7
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Re: Ideas for embukai

Hi all.

Michael, good idea about the square. I'll certainly consider it. Thanks!

Steven, please send me anything like that! (If I had a student who could repeat what Yamaguchi sensei did, I think I'd be pretty satisfied with my dojo!!!) But if you can send the URL I'd love to check it out!

Thanks,
Rob

If anyone is willing to type in a favorite set, I'd love the help.
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Old 01-26-2005, 09:50 PM   #8
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Re: Ideas for embukai

One set my sempai came up for our latest demo:
You start off from standard jiyu waza, after several techniques, nage throws uke while simultaneously dropping to his/her knees, and so it becomes hanmi handachi. Again, after several techniques, uke doesn't stand up after being thrown but attacks from a seated position.
So: tachi waza becomes hanmi handachi, becomes suwari waza...
Hope it helps...

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Old 01-26-2005, 11:24 PM   #9
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Re: Ideas for embukai

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Freudian slip, Michael?
Ha ha...probably

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Old 01-27-2005, 08:33 AM   #10
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Re: Ideas for embukai

I think techniques in which the attacker resists the previous technique, and thus gets thrown in a different way, are great since it illustrates the concept of adaptability in aikido.

For example; do ikkyo several times, then uke resists ikkyo (trying to stand back up) and you do irimi-nage.

Then, do shiho-nage several times, then when uke resists the arm extension (and pulls back), you do kokyu-nage.

Also, morote-dori kokyu-nage, then turning into kaiten-nage (as uke resists, leans forward and pushes down) is very nice.

I suppose the list is endless, but these show some nice dramatic direction changes to cope with uke's changed intention and also illsustrate some of the main techniques.

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Old 01-27-2005, 11:29 AM   #11
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Re: Ideas for embukai

Those are good and fun ideas. Thanks.

I like the idea of changing techniques, but I wonder how demonstrative it would have to be for non-aikido folks to get what was happening while they watched.

I do like the idea of going from standing to slowly sitting. My favorite one does that too, and the speed increases as well, until it ends with a nice pin (and a chop with a ki-ai). Those are good.

That's exactly the thing I was looking for. It's looking like I'll have to come up with the sets myself a bit, but that is the frame work for them, and at least it is a good start.

Thanks again - Rob
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