October 2013 communicator - Page 1
The Seidokan Communicator - Aikido for a modern way of life
Anote from the new editor
Hi all,I'd like to thank Sensei Mark and Sensei Janean Crapo for allowing me to edit the Seidokan Communicator this year,and for their support along the way. I hope to bring out 3-4releases during the year, so that we can share experiencesand opinions more frequently. I also want to thank everyonewho contributed to this issue, whether by sending in articlesor by answering the poll we sent out.When I started in Aikido, I was impressed by the openness of different teachers to cooperateand share their knowledge openly; I believe this is expressed in Seidokan Aikido and I thinkthe communicator is an expression of the idea that we grow together as a community as wegrow and improve as individuals.I'll welcome any comments and complaints, and of course articles, short or long, via my email – firstname.lastname@example.org.Warm regards,Oren Shamir
Pushing and Polling
For this issue, we asked the question: 'if youcould change anything about the way we holdclasses, teach or train- what would it be?'
Bronson Diffin wrote:
More emphasis on the uke side of the equation.Uke's role as teacher and guide. The importance of commitment as uke and the physical skills to takethe falls that come from a committed attack. Tipsand ideas for uke to challenge nage's skill level without frustrating progress or improvement.
Weapons katas are considered important enough to be testing requirements, but we don'tpractice them very often, and if we did, it would take time away from the more interestingand practical things we do practice.Since weapons kata serves the same purpose as aiki taiso, I was thinking that in somepractice sessions(say one a week), a weapon kata could substitute for the regular aiki taisowe do. This would allow students to become familiar enough with the katas not to have tocram before every test, without taking time away from practicing the open hand andweapons techniques.
First, we would talk less and explain less in class. Less words. I'm not promoting silence,
In this issue:
1 Poll - how can our classes improve ?2 Thoughts on training4 2015 Japan Camp5 My training has gone to the dogs9 Southern lights Aikido10 Posture, Feldenkrais & Aikido11 Aikido and being a good witness12 Media recommendation13 From Aikido to real estate14 Breathing exercises15 Seidokan fee and promotionchanges
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