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Claude Depannage sensei visit

Claude Sensei from France visited us on Sat Aug 5th. He is 55 years old, has been training Aikido for since twenty years old and hold the 3rd dan 10 years ago. He trained with Christian Tissier sensei for 10 years, until he got the 2nd dan. He told me he and the other 2 senseis are the first group of blackbelt under Christian sensei, now the other 2 guys are 6th dan and he is too lazy to take exam.

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Categories: Nhật ký Aikido

Bruce Robertson Sensei Visit

We had 3 training sessions with Sensei Bruce this summer (12 – 15 Aug). This year he taught us on Aikido fluidity (“dancing” with my wife), self defense, and safely control techniques. We’re happy to see he’s still very strong, flexible and training/teaching hard at the age 64 (he was born 1953). He was training for Manila Drug rehab security teams on the safely control techniques, which are very effective to take the drug users to the rehab centers. He also stressed on keeping center, elbows closed to body and circle movement when performing techniques. Read more…

Haruo Matsuoka

Full techniques.

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Basic Aikido-Stance and Movements

AIKIDO STANCE

ELEMENTS OF HANMI no KAMAE ( Half Body Stance)

  • An oblique, triangular stance with one foot forward and the other to the rear, body facing about 45⁰.
  • Frontal area is reduced and vital spots are turned away from the opponent.
  • Knees are slightly flexed, especially the front knee.
  • Balance is maintained and centered on the lower abdomen (the tanden, or “one point”).
  • Mobility is maintained in all directions, ready to perform any of the basic footwork patterns.

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Categories: Techniques

International Seminar in Saigon

It’s the first time I attend an International Seminar in Saigon. This time, the Hombu instructor, Shihan Yoshinobu Irie visited. I met one guy from Holland, who came to Vietnam for the seminar. He said that he followed the world tour calendar in Hombu website and scheduled his trips to attend the interested one around the world. He’s still single. This is also an interesting way to learn Aikido. I also met many people from Singapore, Indonesia, who admired Shihan Irie teaching and followed him for seminars.

We’ve trained really hard, I was almost exhausted after each session. We’ve learnt from basic movement to advanced techniques like shomen/yokomen uchi. Irie sensei was very friendly, fast, his techniques were very smooth. He also trained tenkan with me and reminded me to keep hand closed to hips.

After workout, we visited the walking street in front of the City People Committee building.

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My Shodan essay

Bài viết cảm nhận về Aikido, là bài thi viết trong kì thi Huyền đai của mình, và cũng là một bản tổng kết nho nhỏ một số trong rất nhiều những gì mình góp nhặt được từ Aikido trên chặng đường 5 năm.

 I. Sơ lược về Aikido

 Aikido được Tổ sư Ueshiba Morihei (14/12/1883 – 26/4/1969) phát triển từ những thập niên 1920. Nó là sự tổng hợp của các môn võ mà ông Morihei đã học, trong đó ảnh hưởng lớn nhất từ môn Daitoryu Aikijujutsu. Aikido không chỉ là các động tác võ thuật chiến đấu mà nền tảng bên dưới cũng như bao phủ lên trên nó còn là một triết lý về con người, về vũ trụ. Sở dĩ như vậy vì ngoài việc luyện võ, Tổ sư Morihei còn là người theo đạo phái Đại bản giáo (Oomoto), một đạo phái nhấn mạnh đến sự hòa hợp, hòa bình để đạt được một cõi hoàn hảo trong đời người. Triết lý này ảnh hưởng và thể hiện ngay trong tên của môn phái do Tổ sư đặt, và cũng là điểm mang lại sự khác biệt so với các môn võ khác.

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Categories: Nhật ký Aikido

Aikido Breathing

Aikido Breathing

With constant practice you will reach the stage where your breathing will be long and calm and comfortable right from the start. You will then have forgotten your own body and will have entered into a world of nothing but breathing. You will feel as if it is the universe, and not yourself, that is doing the breathing. Finally you will come to comprehend yourself as part of the universe.