We recently went to classes given by Aikikai and Iaido 4th dan, Greg Habert sensei, in Bath and Cardiff. Habert sensei is a French instructor who teaches in the south of Paris, and a member of the Mutokukai network of Aikikai clubs to which we belong. Students and teachers alike from Aikido Katokan learnt a great deal from Habert sensei’s classes and came away invigorated and inspired. The picture is from the Sunday class Yvonne sensei attended at Ffenics Aikido club in Cardiff.
We are back on deck after a nice break. Classes as per usual now on Mondays 7.00 pm Wednesdays 7.30 pm upstairs at MyGym Bristol. We have a small but growing number of junior students so it is a good time to start. General practice includes stretching, flexibility and balance development, basic movements and techniques, and introduction to Aikido weapons.
We are on a short recess for a summer holiday. Classes resume on Wednesday August 30th. See you in class then.
We have made a demonstration video of the required techniques for the 5th kyu level grading. We use the Aikikai Hombu recommended grading syllabus for kyu level grades. There are of course many different ways to do Aikido techniques. The video shows the way Aikido Katokan teaches these techniques for demonstration at the first grading level, and how we expect them to be presented (more or less). The emphasis is on slow and steady continuous movement that clearly shows your understanding of footwork, movement, points of contact and control, and attention to detail. Speed, power, and dynamic adaptation of techniques can only develop if you have gained a good understanding of the basics. This is what the kyu gradings are examining.
The video can be accessed here
Yvonne taught a class at the Brisbane Aikikai dojo when recently in Australia. She was able to catch up with old friends including David Hall 5th dan and instructor at Brisbane Aikikai (next to Yvonne on the right in the group photo below).
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.