Session with Neil Saunders Sensei

Last night Gowaryu enjoyed a Yoshinkan flavour with a visit from Meikyokai Aikido club, Bexley.  Neil Saunders (4th Dan) took the class through the following exercises;
  • Kamae
  • Nikajo/nikkyo/kote mawashi
  • Sankajo/sankyo/Tenkai kote hineri
  • Hiji ate/Mae otoshi
  • Kotegaeshi
  • Iriminage
  • Kokyu ho
  • Osae waza
The evening was mainly focused on the importance of good kamae (posture), but while being relaxed.  We liked how resistance from uke made no difference to the techniques, yet there was no discernable pain compliance used in locks.
Many of the techniques were focused on disturbing uke’s balance through the shoulder.
Our thanks again go to Neil Saunders, Dave Clarke, Mark Atkinson, and Rob Cole for coming down.  A thoroughly interesting and enjoyable evening was had by all.