Thursday, December 31, 2009
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Monday, December 28, 2009
To be honest, I'm not able to take this week off and participate in the mid-day sessions, but I will be in the morning class as usual, plus the Tuesday and Thursday noon classes. I'd like to make at least one evening block of classes, but we'll see.
If you'd like to check out a few pics of today's morning session, which dealt with aikido randori and multiple attackers, as well as the afternoon session, which dealt with a lot of sword work from jodo and aikido's san kata (plus future day sessions), check our Derek Hall's new blog and Kyle Sloan Sensei's blog.
For my little morning class, Kyle was nice enough to stop in and he watched us do a little hop randori for a while, and then had him chime in on what we need to work on.
After that, I was eager to pick his brain about escape ideas from kazure kamishiho gatame, and ushiro kesa gatame.
Tomorrow, for aikido, I have no idea if anyone out of the ordinary will stop by, but otherwise, I think we'll follow suit along the lines of randori drills and dealing with multiple attackers (based on stuff I remember, though, since I wasn't at the other sessions). And while the intensive officially ends on Thursday night (New Year's Eve), I may just end up coming in on Saturday to add to my week's total hours for my own training.
Thursday, December 24, 2009
As I sit around the house on Christmas Eve, the snow falling outside, the tree lit, and presents still to wrap, I'm thinking about many things. Oddly enough, one of them is kata gatame.
I started out just thinking about transitioning, being held by one hold, escaping, and then establishing a hold of your own. It works well for most of the main holds (that I know of), except for yoko shiho gatame, with which the main escape puts the other guy in sankaku jime, and kata gatame, with which the escapes I know of anyway put the guy in an arm bar or a choke.
So I wondered if I were missing some escape ideas, particularly from kata gatame, and naturally started searching YouTube. I found a few explanations of the hold itself, but no escapes. Anyone know of any videos out there? While I kow the Kaze Uta Budo Kai forum will feature some osae komi waza soon, I wonder if they're go over any escapes I haven't seen yet.
At any rate, stop thinking about budo, people, for one lousy minute and enjoy the holidays!
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
There's actually several snippets from various seminars on this channel:
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Once upon a time, it was really very easy to figure out which martial discipline was better, you simply looked to the battle field. If the practitioners of one style tended to die a lot, then that probably wasn't the best way to go about. The ones who walked away alive, however, must have been doing something right.
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
This week, we've started by doing a throwing line on the crash pad, getting in a number of o goshi throws. From there, we worked with a few failure conditions.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
Monday, December 7, 2009
And though the embedding is disabled, this is a nice example of the classical uchi mata sukashi in tournament play:
Sunday, December 6, 2009
This one, on sankaku jime, is one example (since we'll be looking at sankaku issues this week in morning class).
Friday, December 4, 2009
2) Ushiro ate
3) Gyakugamae ate
4) Irimi Nage
5) Tenkai kote hineri
6) Gedan ate
Nice video demonstration of the 12 seitei no kata. Unfortunately, it starts at hissage (#3, skipping 1 and 2) and the embedding for this video was disabled, but you can view it at YouTube here:
Thursday, December 3, 2009
I don't have much to say other than to make note of a small moment I experienced earlier this morning.
Wednesday, December 2, 2009
That being said, every judo school or aikido school (or instructor) is going to have their own spin on things, and sometimes certain details don't really jive with the principles taught at my own dojo (not wrong, mind you, just different). But there have been plenty of things that not only did jive with my own training, but greatly enlarged and expanded it, like someone flipping on a switch.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
It seems like just about every issue we look at in aikido, judo or jodo ultimately gets measured by many of the budoka I know against the ruler of "practicality."