Neil Saunders Session

This Saturday Neil Saunders Sensei took the class for the afternoon at Genryukan dojo.

Neil and JonEoin & EmmaNeil, Jon & Rob

Training covered;
Kamae
Nikkajo
Sankajo
Shomen uchi ikkajo osae ichi
kotegaeshi
shihonage
iriminage

We had a good turnout, and a thoroughly enjoyable session was had by all. I think Jon especially enjoyed himself ūüėČ

Photos from the session can be seen in the gallery.

Our thanks go to Neil Saunders, Dave Clarke, Mark Atkinson, Rob Cole and Jimmy Tan for coming down for the day. We’ll see you all soon at the Mustard Sensei seminar.

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Yoshinkan session with Neil Saunders Sensei

Genryukan Aikido ran a Yoshinkan session thanks to Neil Saunders Sensei and his students from Meikyokai aikido club, Bexley, who visited us yesterday.

Neil Saunders Sensei (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
Osae waza

The focus was on good¬†kamae (posture), making tori strong yet relax.¬†¬†This allows tori to apply techniques easily no matter how strongly uke resists, but with 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, Ian Moody, Mark Atkinson, and Rob Cole for their visit. It was a very interesting and enjoyable evening, enjoyed by all.

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Aikido The Tomiki Way
Aikido: the Tomiki Way
by Neil Saunders

A very useful useful reference material for any Tomiki Aikidoka. This book contains over 1100 photographs demonstrating the kata system (including all six Koryu-No-Kata) of Tomiki Aikido, as well as explaining etiquette, basic movements, and ukemi that are used in this system.

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Tomiki Aikido: Randori & Koryu no Kata
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An essential aid for anyone studying Tomiki Aikido from beginners to Dan grades. It covers every aspect from basic breakfalls through Randori no Kata and Shichihon (balance breaking)to Koryu no Kata.

Aikido and the Dynamic Sphere

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Bushido: The Way of the Samurai
by Tsunetomo Yamamoto (Author),  Justin F. Stone (Editor),  Minoru Tanaka (Translator)

In the sixteenth-century Japan, Tsunetomo Yamamoto created the Hagakure which was secretly circulated among the “awakened” samurai-the samurai elite. In 1906, the book was first made available to the general Japanese public and, until 1945, its guiding principles greatly influenced the Japanese ruling class – particularly those individuals in military power. This book is the first English translation of the “Hagakure”

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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.
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