Thursday, May 18, 2017

Aikido Summer Camp - a revelation and an opportunity not to be missed!

Aikido Summer Camp is in Tacoma WA

Wednesday July 26 -  Monday July 31

Birankai North America sponsors summer camp at University of Puget Sound

Why go?

When I attended my first Summer Camp, I had only been practicing Aikido for a few years, and the world of my practice was largely defined by the narrow walls and small circle of dedicated students at our San Francisco dojo. I was training in a snug mental room with only a small window offering me a glimpse of the larger world. 

My arrival at Summer Camp was a revelation, as if an entire wall of the room had been torn away to reveal an expansive landscape of Birankai members and teachers from across the country and around the globe. I couldn’t help but venture out and start exploring, both the larger world of Aikido and the limits of my own endurance and capabilities. 

Summer Camp showed me that I could train harder and longer than I’d ever dared before, encouraged by the vast wealth of sensei and sempai all around me. As the week progressed and I became weary, I found that I no longer had energy to waste on rigid or inefficient movements. 

My technique became more supple and flowing because I was too tired to be otherwise. This unique experience stuck with me after Summer Camp ended, and I couldn’t wait to return the next year to find it again. ~ Dan Reid

Read another compelling story of Leslie Cohen's first summer camp experience:

 Learn all about Summer Camp at:
  • Early registration discount ends May 21 
  • Be sure to complete your registration by June 18

Sunday, May 14, 2017

Kyu tests next week

We will hold kyu tests in Forest Grove on 22 May at 6pm.
Everyone in the Multnomah Aikikai community is welcome to attend.

Contact me if you have any questions.


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

Full article:

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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

If you have trouble viewing the embedded video you can view it on youTube via this link:

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

Link to view the video on YouTube:

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.

Link to view on YouTube:

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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