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George Ledyard -- "The Principles of Randori" Video Manual
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Description: A PowerPoint* presentation in CD-R format that can be read on most PC's. Contains:
-54 Video Clips
-41 Slides with techinical information
-7 full color diagrams
The product of 15 years of research during various randori intensives and seminars by George Ledyard Sensei, Aikido 6th Dan. The presentation is 41 slides of technical information, organized into a systematic approach of techniques and principles in relation to randori (multiple attackers). These principles include:
-working the centers
-working the spaces
-working the edges
-creating time
Featured are techniques and principles in relation to grabbing randori, striking randori, weapons randori, and much more. The slides and diagrams are enhanced with video clips showing footage of Ledyard Sensei and his students demonstrating the various principles and techniques.

* note- Microsoft PowerPoint not required to run the manual. Simply load to an empty folder on your PC to view the presentation.
Keywords: randori jyuwaza multiple attackers attacks opponents Ledyard


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Michael Young


Registered: November 2003
Location: San Antonio, TX
Posts: 133
Review Date: Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
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I was fortunate enough to attend one of George Ledyard Sensei's weapons and randori intensives in January of 2004. The intensive consisted of 4 days of concentrated training in Soatome Sensei's weapons system, and a study of Ledyard Sensei's approach to Randori. Originally I went mostly for the weapons (being fairly new to the ASU I wanted to get some focused instruction on the Kumi-Tachi), but was pleasantly surprised to find how much I got out of the Randori portion of the intensive.
The intensive is aptly named...the training is very focused and intense. Ledyard Sensei and his students take a very serious and practical approach to Aikido, being particularly focused on the application of movement, timing, and principles, not just rote repetition of techniques. Stress is placed on the "why" a particular movement or principle works within a technique or situation, not just the "how". If something doesn’t seem to be working, one is encouraged to experiment and figure out why or why not.
This practical approach to Aikido has lead Ledyard Sensei to develop a very systematic method to teaching randori. He very thoroughly covers this approach in “The Principles of Randori Video Manual”. His approach is organized into a set of principles. He labels these principles: working the centers, working the spaces, and working the edges. By studying and using these principles, one can develop a flexible repertoire to draw from in dealing with the dynamic environment of randori. The application of the principles to various changing situations within randori is thoroughly explained in text and demonstrated with video clips. Ledyard Sensei also delves into the fluid and ever changing atmosphere of randori through an explanation of the flow of time; how one must be cognizant of one’s present moment but not fixated upon it, aware of how each movement and chosen technique sets up the next moment in time and interaction with the next “attacker” or uke. Another aspect of Ledyard Sensei’s method deals with the actual techniques chosen for the randori. He demonstrates how these chosen techniques relate to the use of the various principles, and the relationship of the techniques to creating time and space for nage. How to deal with the initial opening of a randori as the attackers begin to “collapse” or “coalesce together” onto nage is demonstrated, and how one can use this to set up a useful opening sequence to start one’s randori when dealing with empty handed attacks. Techniques for dealing with weapon’s randori (i.e. surrounded by three attackers with shinai or bokken) is shown as well. Other aspects demonstrated are the importance of ukemi and uke’s role within the randori, and the different approaches to striking and grabbing randori. If you can’t make one of Ledyard Sensei’s randori intensives, this is the next best thing. His systematic approach and detailed, understandable explanation of randori are well presented in the Video Manual. The format of a PowerPoint presentation is novel and very useful as well. It is very easy to navigate through, and review the various slides and videos. I highly recommend this product to anyone seeking to better their randori practice and/or get a new view on approaches to dealing with multiple attackers.

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