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Walthamstow Festival 2007

Mark and MartinSeptember 1st saw Walthamstow YMCA Aikido Club return to the Walthamstow Festival, 2 years after our last appearance. On one of the nicest days of the year (not hard I know) we did 2×20 minute demos sandwiched between Shaolin GongFu and Hadri Taekwondo.

Thanks to all who took part in the demo and those that turned up to support. Thanks also to Guillaume Vernay for letting us put up his photos which can be found here.  And finally special thanks to Estie, Chris and all those who organised the whole thing, turning up and throwing each other around was easy in comparison.


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Mimuro SenseiOnce again, we were lucky enough to have Atsushi Mimuro Sensei, 6th Dan Yokohama International Aikido Club visit us.  And once again, he taught us solid basic aikido mixed with his own unique style of softness and magic developed from his 20 years training under Seigo Yamaguchi Shihan.

After a thoroughly enjoyable and baffling class, we headed to the pub for a swift half and then on Dan’s recommendation for a greek meal.

Special thanks to Sensei and Cathy and all those who attended who made it such a top evening.  Photos are here.

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Kobayashi SenseiWe had a course this weekend where Gordon Jones took us through the style and teaching of Kobayashi Sensei in preparation for Summer School. Here’s my musings on what we covered, we do all these techniques regularly so rather than describe the technique, I will bullet point my interpretation of Gordon’s interpretation of Kobayashi’s focus!! It was all very progressive, the same themes ran throughout the class, so explanations get shorter towards the end – don’t forget everything that came before… Caveat: I didn’t take notes on the day, so all this is from my, most likely flawed, memory.

(Note to non-aikidoka, aikidoka not on the course and possibly those who were: You will find this dull and incomprehensible.) (more…)

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The Irish Rover

Star ChartWe all went to see Tissier Sensei in Dublin last weekend; I say we all, that’s Me, Emily, Mark and Martin, not admittedly everyone we know. He (Tissier Sensei, not Mark or Martin) is exceptional and has a fantastic teaching method, a must see for all aikidoka. Anyway we probably didn’t spend as much time on the mat as we should, it was Emily’s first trip to Ireland so we had some important diddly-dai music to listen to in Temple Bar. Click the photo for the photos – I’m sure there’s some logic in that…

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25th Course BowSome time ago, in what seems the very dim and a bit distant past, UCL Aikido had a 25th anniversary which was one of the best courses I’ve ever attended.  I got round to scanning the pictures in so I didn’t lose them and have posted them here for posterity.   There are some of the best course photos I’ve seen, together with one of them featuring the first time Satu wore a hakama after being granted permission to by Mr Smith.

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FudebakudoI have been duly and rightly chastised for not listing fudebakudo in my web-comics list below. Really it’s because I think of it as so much more than just a comic, it is an insight (sometimes worrying) into the mind and creativity of one of the most disturbingly talented people I know. So Dave, many apologies, please forgive me; oh, and may I have permission to use this image from your site?

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Phil Smith ThumbnailPhil Smith, a top aikidoka and a top man came to teach an aikido course on Saturday. We had a fantastic course, as usual I left knowing that I knew nothing. I feel like Donald Rumsfeld; at least I know my unknowns – EVERYTHING! Thanks to Phil and his entourage for coming to visit.

Click the picture on to see the gallery and a couple of videos but be warned, the videos are pretty massive; I’ll try and get some bandwidth friendly ones up soon. Thanks to Kev for the photography. There’s some white dots floating on some of the pictures, I think this is flare from the flash reflecting off dust in the air. Oh and my shoulders are meant to be up in that photo…

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