Tuesday, January 30, 2018

The Missing Link

“I train several times a week, but continue to feel slow, tight, and mechanical during randori, or free practice.” Welcome to the club! Many of us feel this way more often than not when faced with real-time application.

Fortunately for us, Tomiki Sensei created Randori no Kata, a framework of 17 techniques (waza) that are deemed appropriate for randori (free form practice).  The techniques are categorized in 4 categories:

Atemi Waza – Striking (Attacking) Techniques
Hiji Waza - Elbow Techniques
Tekubi Waza – Wrist Techniques
Uki Waza – Floating Techniques

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

From Movement to Meaning

“I get the basic technique, but struggle with the applications.”  The struggle is real.  Many martial artists find it difficult to move beyond basic techniques into free form practice. They wonder how others manage to “flip the switch” to safe, effective high-level randori, or free practice.

Fortunately, there’s a common foundational skill set in Tomiki Aikido, that can help transform the way you apply your techniques.  John Gage-Sensei tells us that, “Randori no Kata was created by Tomiki Sensei to provide a framework for students to move safely from static, prearranged methods to free form, competitive practice. The core skills, postures, and movements help develop speed, fluidity, and efficiency in real time application of martial arts, especially judo, jujutsu and aikido.”

Join us at JMAC in Ann Arbor on March 16, 17 & 18, 2018, to explore the integration of Aikido, Judo, & Jujutsu with Satoh Tadayuki Sensei.

Satoh Tadayuki Sensei is one of the world’s leading experts of Tomiki-style aikido. He studied directly with Tomiki Kenji Sensei, founder of the Japan Aikido Association, in the living room of his house, and later at Waseda University. In 2007, Satoh Sensei was granted the position of Shihan of Waseda University Aikido club, a position that had been vacant since Professor Tomiki’s death in 1979. Additionally, he teaches aikido at the Japan Police University, and international seminars in the Americas, Europe and throughout Japan. 
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