Friday, April 14, 2017

The Right Way to Fall - "aim for the meat, not the bone"

Is there a right way to fall?

This New York Times article describes the value in learning how to fall and strategies for minimizing injury during a fall.

here are a few excerpts...

The key is to not fight the fall, but just to roll with it, as paratroopers do. “The idea is to orient your body to the ground so when you hit, there’s a multistep process of hitting and shifting your body weight to break up that impact,” said Sgt. First Class Chuck Davidson, master trainer at the Army’s Advanced Airborne School at Ft. Bragg, N.C.

Accept that you’re falling and go with it, round your body, and don’t stiffen and distribute the energy so you take the fall in the widest area possible,” said Paul Schreiner, a black belt jiu jitsu instructor at Marcelo Garcia Academy in New York City.

...try to take the hit on the fleshiest parts of your body, like the side of your thigh, buttocks and shoulder. “Aim for the meat, not bone,” said Kevin Inouye, a stuntman and assistant professor of acting, movement and stage combat at the University of Wyoming

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Saturday, April 8, 2017

First Course in Aikido (beginners series) begins April 12, 2017



Special includes a uniform and classes two days per week. Fee $97
Ready to dig in to your first course? Aikido practice is tasty and nourishing! For the first day,  you can arrive a few minutes before class.  We'll get you registered and ready to roll. Plan to wear something comfortable you can move in. Be prepared to practice barefoot. Before stepping onto the mat we’ll ask you to clean your feet and remove any jewelry. 
First Course participants are eligible to take the following classes :

Two fundamentals classes per week: 
Wednesdays 6:15pm-7:15pm and Saturdays 10:30am - 11:30am 

Series runs Wednesday April 12th through Saturday May 6th.

How to register: Download and fill out the application form; you can bring it in with you on your first day. Make your payment for "First Course" through our online payment portal.

Thursday, March 30, 2017

A free taste of Aikido at the Aikido Appetizer Open House April 8

We invite our South Portland neighbors, our extended dojo community and anyone curious about the art of Aikido.

Aikido Appetizer
Saturday  April 8, 2017

Enjoy a taste of what the practice of Aikido is all about. Get ready for fun! This is an ideal opportunity to experience Aikido firsthand. This free event is open to both adults and children.

You are invited to our Open House - the Aikido Appetizer! Family, friends, neighbors are welcome! This is a great opportunity to try something new. Here's the schedule:

  • 10am: Doors open. Enjoy a cup of tea or coffee and get oriented to the space. 
  • 10:30am: Step onto the mat for a sensory experience and introduction to the art of aikido. Whet your appetite for for martial practice and get your body moving. Everyone can participate at their own pace. 
  • After class: We will have tea and sushi. Socialize and ask questions of members.

Thursday, January 26, 2017

Video: Katadori ikkyo, opening movement, G. Lyons Sensei

Here George Lyons sensei demonstrates katadori ikkyo from suwari waza. Note that his initial movement is out to the side (not backward). First he extends uke, challenging balance, then he places weight on uke's elbow to upset balance. This applies to standing technique as well.

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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Video selections demonstrating jodan, chudan and gedan

Week 2 of our Winter Intensive focuses on iriminage and kotegaeshi; jodan, chudan and gedan variations from katatedori gyaku hanmi and ai hanmi. Here are a few helpful videos for your study.

In this video Didier Boyet Sensei demonstrates katatedori gyaku hanmi iriminage jodan

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Here, Patti Lyons sensei demonstrates katatedori ai hanmi kotegaeshi chudan:

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In this video Boyet sensei clearly shows the chudan opening motion. The attack is ryotedori however it applies just as well to katatedori gyaku hanmi.

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Kate Savoca demonstrates katatedori gyaku hanmi kotegaeshi gedan. Note her opening motion. For testing at our dojo I'd like to see you do a tenkan as you apply the kotegaeshi.

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Monday, January 9, 2017

shomenuchi ikkyo from suwari waza : video selections

In this video from 1988 Chiba sensei offers instruction on suwari waza shomenuchi ikkyo.

Here is Chiba Sensei again in 2011 demonstrating suwari waza shomenuchi ikkyo. As he slows down to show the initial contact, note that both hands make contact together at uke's elbow:

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Phillip Vargas Sensei demonstrates suwari waza shomenuchi ikkyo and clearly shows the placement of hands together at uke's elbow. Note how his entrance is compact, elbows down and close to his body. Which knee moves in as he performs the cut down?

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Sunday, January 8, 2017

Shihonage omote demonstration from katatedori gyaku hanmi - suitable for 5th kyu test

Why we do the opening footwork the way we do for shihonage omote (from katatedori gyaku hanmi).

Note Chiba Sensei is attentive to where he steps relative to uke's foot. Note his use of the shikaku angle in taking uke's balance.

In this video Chiba Sensei relays a story about how the Shihonage technique of O'Sensei evolved after an encounter with a Judoka at a seminar.  Video shared by aikipath on YouTube.

Recorded 2008. Uke in this video is Robert Savoca Sensei.

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