Yvonne sensei is visiting friends and family in Australia. Here is a pic of her at the Sydney Aikikai seminar taught by Rosso Hernandez Shihan, 6th dan Aikikai and former Tokyo Hombu live-in student (left). The dojo cho of Sydney Aikikai, our old friend Paul Sinkinson is on the right. Paul sensei received his 6th dan at the seminar.
Here is a pic of some practice with the jo (wooden staff) taken recently at Aikido Katokan. Patrick practices a disarming technique where the conclusion is to throw your partner. This training is useful for focussing attention on correct body movement and posture.
Best for the holiday period and for the New Year from Aikido Katokan. See you back on the mat January 9th, 2017.
Stéphane Benedetti, 7th Dan Aikikai Shihan and Technical director of Mutokukai Europe gave a class at Aikido Katokan when last in England in November 2015. We made a short video which is available here:
Visit to Bristol by Stéphane Benedetti, 7th dan Aikido Shihan, this November. Benedetti sensei is the technical director of Mutokukai, the association we belong to that is affiliated to Aikikai Hombu (HQ) in Tokyo. He has a marvellous insight into Aikido.
He will be teaching a weapons class at St Pauls Community Gym not far from MyGym on Monday 28 November at 7 pm. We will be going so no class that night at MyGym.
Benedetti sensei will be in Bath and Cardiff over the preceding Friday and Sat-Sunday. All the details are here from the site of our friends at Aikido Fudoshin club in Cardiff :
Grania and Sophie, actors from the Oddly Moving Circus theatre group production, He Ain’t Heavy came to do a workshop at Aikido Katokan to develop some conflict scenes to use in the play. The play is an autobiographical diary using physical theatre to tell the story of growing up with an autistic brother. We helped them with some basic moves they could adapt for some moments in the play. With their circus and physical performance background, Sophie and Grania were quick learners. We saw the play at the Trinity Centre, Bristol and were touched by the funny, warm but also frank and thought-provoking performance. And they did a good job with the Aikido moves as well!
No classes from Monday August 15 to Monday August 29 inclusive. See you back on the mat Wednesday August 31