Through practice with each other the fire grows and radiates, warming the hands and feet, radiating out and sparking the fire in each other.
The theme for this January’s Winter Intensive is From the Ground Up. Look for opportunities to condition your core, hips, legs and feet. Sense the strength of your lower body and the power the ground offers. Fuel your technique, your ukemi and your spirit.
Share with each other what you’ve learned about conditioning and taking care of your feet, legs, hips, and core.
When the lower body is strong and well coordinated you can make good use of the ground forces to support movements of the upper body. Chest, spine and shoulders become supple and free.
We’ll practice our techniques from suwari waza, hanmi handachi and tachi waza this month.
In Japan, winter intensive is a time period when people resolve to practice everyday. This January, come to the dojo as much as you can and mark your attendance every day that you come in. At the end of the month we’ll recognize the mu-kyu, kyu and dan members who trained the most.
Schedule changes and special events for Winter Intensive
For January, we’ll practice in a different rhythm on Tuesdays and Thursdays in three class segments. This will allow us to add a fundamentals class, a nikkyu and above class and a iaido/ sword handling class to our training schedule.
Tue 5:45-6:30pm, fundamentals
Tue 6:45-7:30pm, all levels
Tue 7:45-8:45pm, sword handling for aikidoists/ Iaido class
Thu 5:45-6:30pm, fundamentals
Thu 6:45-7:30pm, all levels
Thu 7:45-8:30pm, 2nd kyu and above
The rest of the class schedule, Mon, Wed, Fri, Saturday remains unchanged.
Jan 5, First Tuesday
Jan 9, Sat: Balance Challenge
Jan 12, Tue: Kagami Biraki; full community event
5:45pm - 6:30pm Fold a Crane for the New Year
6:45- 7:30pm Traditional New Year’s practice for all levels
7:45-8:30: celebrate with tea and sake.
Jan 15- 17, Fri- Sun: Winter workshop Power Without Struggle;
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