Mustard & Threadgill, Dartford – This weekend!

I am seriously excited about this weekend’s seminar at Dartford Judo Centre. Neil Saunders tells me there are a couple of places available, so if you want to experience the real deal, there is still an opportunity.

Meikyokai Aikido are holding the two day seminar with
Robert Mustard and Toby Threadgill this September. These two
undoubted masters of Japanese martial arts need no introduction and for the first time
ever they will be holding a joint seminar.

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th September 2012 at Dartford Judo Centre.

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Mustard Sensei

Mustard throwing Phil

If you require more information please do not hesitate to contact Mark Atkinson at
info@meikyokai.co.uk.

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Ittaika

Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido, said that when he moved in a direction that was natural to him, his opponent had no other option but to do so as well. This is what we can call “ittaika” or “putting two bodies together as one.”

When attacked, O Sensei, through his natural movement and exquisite “understanding” of the opponent, in some way formed a powerful connection that allowed him to affect his opponent’s body as though it were a part of his own; both bodies became one under the founder’s control. At that point, O Sensei could simply move, and his opponent would also be moved without having the opportunity to create any opposition. This is “aiki,” perhaps one of the most influential and important aspects of aikido.

How can we hope to discover aiki for ourselves? How can we gain the finesse required to achieve ittaika? The search for the answer keeps us busy with our training year after year.

If you use your mind’s eye, you can visualize yourself in a situation in which you are terribly off-balanced. Perhaps you are bending forward or backward at the waist, somewhat twisted, with arms awry and one leg out from under you. You are falling and at the last possible moment you manage to tenuously regain your balance by touching a post with one desperate finger. But then the post moves slightly, and you also half-move, half-fall to keep the tenuous contact with the post, your only hope of marginally maintaining your balance. In your compromised position, you have little choice, and instinctively you focus on the post. The post, your one hope of balance, keeps moving. The post is always upright and its balance is never compromised.

I think that this is the condition nage should strive to create for uke. Nage is controlling uke’s direction and movement, and no force is needed! Causing uke to lose his/her balance and then giving him the briefest hope of recovery may provide an opportunity for ittaika. Within ittaika, there lies an option other than destruction and harm. With ittaika, there is the possibility of peaceful resolution. O Sensei defined aikido as the budo of love.

How do we attain ittaika at the first instant of engagement? Perhaps it is in the basics that at least part of the answer lies. Thoughtful experimentation and exploration of tenkan and irimi can yield important information about connecting with our partner, about our own balance and posture, about natural spiral forces and paths of least resistance. Facing a bokken or shinai can tell us much about entering and connecting. And ikkyo, the “lifetime technique,” gives us limitless opportunities to study our behavior and that of our partner, with the goal of ittaika in mind. Without this, our aikido will be merely the practice of form.

By Hiroshi Ikeda
translated by Jun Akiyama
edited by Ginger Ikeda

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Genryukan Club grading

Yesterday 6th August 2012, Genryukan held a local kyu grading.  The judging panel were Jim Dempster, Christophe Courtin and Phil Eyers. Congratulations to the following Genryukan students who successfully graded under the BAA syllabus.  Very well done.

6th Kyu – White Belt
Georges Lejeune
Darren Jarvis
Patrick Hughes

2nd Kyu – Blue Belt
Tony Dowling
Yvette Marshall

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Robert Mustard Sensei & Toby Threadgill Sensei @ Dartford Judo Centre

Our good friends at Meikyokai Aikido will be holding a two day seminar with
Robert Mustard and Toby Threadgill this September. These two
undoubted masters of Japanese martial arts need no introduction and for the first time
ever they will be holding a joint seminar.

Please find below an overview of the seminar dates, venue and costs:

Saturday 15th & Sunday 16th September 2012 at Dartford Judo Centre.

Click here to open event poster

If you require more information please do not hesitate to contact us at
info@meikyokai.co.uk.

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