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Randori – when two come after one

September 23, 2010

Tuesday’s aikido class was a return to randori, both for me personally and the class in general.  It was also a serious workout. The purpose of randori, at least as I see it in my current level, is to start stepping the prepared, rational, controlled techniques we learn one at a time from that controlled […]

Back at aikido after a hiatus

September 15, 2010

I had to take a funds-forced break from aikido for a few months, but thankfully, I can go back now!  Last night was my first class back. It was a randoori night, so we focused more on techniques that aren’t so stylized – always a fun thing for me.  We started extremely close to our […]

The relaxation problem – aikido

May 7, 2010

I’m beginning to dig into a tricky subject in martial arts – the ability to maintain appropriate level of relaxation.  Too much tension, and you give your opponent something to fight against, something to use against you.  Too much relaxation, and you end up being a floppy corpse. As someone who’s dealt with a life-long […]

Taking uke’s center – aikido

May 5, 2010

It’s been a while since I posted anything about aikido.  We had an interesting class yesterday.  A few new people, and work on the basics. A lot of aikido boils down to this concept of taking your opponent’s center of gravity – getting uke off-balance to your benefit.  An interesting concept (and one that should […]

Bits and bobs – aikido

March 3, 2010

Like a lot of folks in my near vicinity, I’ve been sick on and off for about a month.  I appear to be healthy again, so hopefully I’ll be back to journalling all my stuff again as well. As usual, I arrived early and sat through most of the kids’ class.  It’s generally a good […]

Power randori – aikido

February 17, 2010

One thing Phil seems to like to do with his classes is incorporate bits and pieces of real-life situations and show us how to respond to them in an aikido-like fashion. Yesterday, we did a couple simple throws to warm us up, but focused mostly on how to block a strike coming in at your […]

On eyeballs and earholes – eskrima

February 5, 2010

Yes, I actually do have reasons for that silly title.  We got a bit slap-happy last night, not least of whom me, because Eric managed to clock me pretty hard with the tip of his stick just above one eye.  (First black eye ever!)  Anyway, we all got into a goofy conversation about the ear […]

Knee is better, shoulder is not – aikido

February 3, 2010

Necessary exposition:  I took a fall when dropping my car off at the mechanic last week.  Slipped on some ice on the front step, catching my shin on the edge of the step and knee smack on the ground.  No joint issues, but lots of bruise. This wasn’t a problem until last night’s aikido class.  […]

Working with tenkan – aikido

January 22, 2010

Tenkan is a technique in aikido that is devastatingly simple and surprisingly hard to get right. Sounds like a lot of aikido, actually.

Aikido – on moving and leading

January 20, 2010

Stuff is coming along. Mostly.