Sunday, March 29, 2015

Saturday events in the dojo April 2015

April 4, 11 and 18, Saturdays, 10am-10:30am: Learning through Discovery
April 11, noon- 1pm: The Lines of Engagement 
April 25, 10-11:30am: Aikido Appetizer, FREE Introduction to the Art of Aikido

 April 4, 11 and 18, Saturdays, 10am-10:30am: Learning through Discovery (for members)

The 10-10:30am time slot will shift to an open format to foster learning through discovery. The theme and focus will be 5th kyu techniques.

 The open mat format provides the opportunity for students to get together and work through the 5th kyu techniques, discovering what they know and where there are gaps in knowledge. The process of retrieving and remembering techniques can bring to light what movements have been learned clearly and where understanding is still murky.

By engaging with this process, specific questions will bubble up organically. What do you do when you don't know what to do? What resources are within you to figure out a conundrum? 

When you discover an answer through your own process of movement inquiry and your partner's feedback,  learning is absorbed at a deeper level.

 When questions are not successfully resolved,  the follow up class can address student's needs directly. Suzane Van Amburgh Sensei will be in the dojo during the 30 minute practice period and will teach the regular fundamentals class starting at 10:30am.

April 11, noon- 1pm: The Lines of Engagement (open to the public)

explore the lines of engagement:
  • Investigate the moment when you encounter your partner.
  • Sense your center.
  • Experiment with where and when you make initial contact.
  • Discover how you change the angle of encounter.
  • Sense your balance.
  • Follow the trajectory of your partner’s motion.
  • Notice when you naturally take a step to restore balance.
No experience required. You do not have to fall down if you don’t want to. This class is taught by Suzane Van Amburgh, GCFP and shidoin aikido instructor Free to Multnomah Aikikai Members (Regular and Community members).  Open to the public for drop in fee of $10.

 April 25, 10-11:30am: Aikido Appetizer, FREE Introduction to the Art of Aikido
(Open to the public)

Get a taste of what it is like to practice aikido! 
All are welcome to participate for free. We invite the community to this special open house event. Learn more...

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Miyamoto Sensei seminar in Vancouver BC - video clip

Miyamoto Sensei taught an Aikido seminar in Vancouver BC Canada March 6-8, 2015.
Several Northwest aikidoka traveled to participate in the seminar. This video below shows  Sensei demonstrating katatedori ai hanmi iriminage chudan.*

This was the opening class on Sunday of the seminar. The first uke is Neilu Naini Sensei of Clallam Aikikai. The second uke is Suzane Van Amburgh Sensei of Multnomah Aikikai.

Miyamoto Sensei is the guest instructor for our Birankai North America Aikido Summer Camp July 16-21 at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma WA. Registration is now open.
Learn all about the camp at

*If you have trouble seeing the video embed you can link to the post on Facebook here: