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Old 01-26-2005, 01:07 AM   #1
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Dojo: Shodokan Honbu (Osaka)
Location: Himeji, Japan
Join Date: Mar 2001
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Well not really.

I've been having regular Wednesday night's practice at my work's gym but without mats and only with the subset of students that work at the institute. The idea was a technical session lasting anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours - more often it was 30-60 minutes.

Tonight we will move to a real dojo about 40 minutes drive away from work although 10 minutes from my home. It messes up the training for those that live near my work (the above subset) but I was getting real tired of exercise mats. I figure the group will be smaller than the saturday group and we will spend our 90 minute slot on individual needs rather than a structured class.

When others teach do you plan different formats on different days - or do you pretty much follow one set lesson plan no matter what day?

Peter Rehse Shodokan Aikido
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Old 01-26-2005, 04:11 AM   #2
Dojo: Ren Shin Kan
Location: Birmingham
Join Date: Jun 2003
Posts: 358
United Kingdom
Re: Expanding

Tend to work in weeks rather than days. Mainly because different groups of students attend on different days.

Usually I work through a three week cycle using the third week to reinforce what was done in weeks 1 & 2.

Seems to work
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Old 01-26-2005, 05:42 PM   #3
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Re: Expanding

Hmmm..., good question. I have several different methods that I use from time to time. Of course, this does not include the time (about a month) before any testing that might be going on.

Typically, I design a class around many different criteria. On any given day this might be:

1. Ukemi - four techniques where the uke will take different ukemi for each waza

2. Ashi-sabaki (foot work) - three techniques (plus variations) that all use the same footwork

3. Kokyu - various techniques practiced at a slower pace so that nage and uke can work on musubi (maintaining connection) throughout the entire technique. This is the most physically and mentally challenging class for most.

4. Principles of randori - one technique for irimi & one technique for tenkan (kokyu nage) plus various hand movements to be used to establish particular strategies. this I break up using footwork drills that clearly illustrate the way to move during and between the techniques.

5. Sensei as Uke - Each and every student gets to throw the leader of the class while the others watch and learn the model for proper attacks, and ukemi.

6. Shut up and train - no talking in class

7. Don't think, just keep moving (self explanatory)

8. Suki (openings) - Find the openings and weak points and clearly demonstrate how one would take advantage of these things using atemi (punch & kick) and kaeshi waza (reversals)

There is no hard and fast rule as to which one, or for how long I might focus on a particular agenda. Sometimes I alter things when I see that either everybody or nobody can demonstrate a certain principle.

I hope someone finds this a bit useful. Feel free to use it, ignore it, ask questions, or any combination of the three.

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