I wanted to give a brief summary of the seminar held at Two Cranes Aikido, Hosted by George Ledyard that took place this past weekend.
First, The dojo at Two Cranes is unbelievable. It looks an feels what a dojo should look like.
Many thanks to George for putting this all together.
Kimberly Richardson of Two Cranes Aikido,
A true Aikido Sensei in every sense of the word. Agile, soft, kind, great timing, and wonderful to work with. Fantastic to get to know her and her husband Dan. Looking forward to training with them again soon !
Kaizen Taki of Systema NW,
Just when you think you know how to put on a joint lock or throw a punch, you meet someone like Kaizen. His ability to walk about of just about any joint lock is scary, and that is before he hits you. Don't let him do that, it would be bad.....very bad.....but fun for everyone else to watch
Seriously, Kaizen's technical ability to control his tension is what interested me in Systema in the first place, it's a bonus that he happens to be one of the nicest people in the whole world.
George Ledyard of Aikido Eastide,
Besides being an AMAZING Aikidoka, his uncanny ability to put constantly put great people in the same room makes him one of the obvious choices for the next generation of Aikido leadership in the United States. It is an honor to call him my friend.
Toby Threadgill of Shindo Yoshin Ryu,
This was my first meeting with Toby Sensei and clearly not my last. Watching Toby Sensei work was like seeing a top level surgeon. His keen sense of his body, developed through training was amazing. Most impressive, and almost as good as his sense of humor. My cheeks are still sore from this weekend.
Joe Brogna (although not one of the featured instructors) ,
When people meet Joe they always say, "wait, other people can do this too, not just Howard? " Joe is amazing, I learn from him all the time.
I would also like to mention that the people in attendance were FANTASTIC ! Doug Walker, April and Russ Qureshi, Nick Lowry, Kevin Lam, Arrow Pride, Jeff Strand, Edgar Johansson, Jason Mix, Milton Cadogan, Josh and Gina Drachman, and a host of other amazing people. The list is just too long, I could go on all day.
This was pivotal event in my budo life. I got a glimpse of how much more I still have to learn and that there are so many great people to take this journey with.
Looking forward to doing this again in 2013 !
Thanks again to George for putting this all together !