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Practice Theme – January 2012 – Uke Awareness

Following are instructor comments about the theme for the month—how uke, the partner who receives the neutralization in the encounter, needs to move. Some points are repeated. This will give you a sense of how important they are for Aikido practice.

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Remembrance

An article about my father's wartime experiences appeared in the Remembrance Day issue of the Globe & Mail.  It was written by a distant cousin, Peter Cheney, who writes the ‘Globe Drive’ section.

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Practice Theme – December 2011 – Pins

In Aikido, attacks are neutralized by projections or pins. The most common pins are ikkyo, nikyo, sankyo and yonkyo. Ikkyo is the basic pin, often the first waza introduced to a beginner. The instructors chose to focus on pins this month.

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Music and Aikido – The Way of Harmony

The musical process, as a human activity that unfolds in real-time, shares many similarities with sports and Aikido. Playing instruments, playing sports or practicing martial arts require years of training to build up technique, strength, coordination, endurance,

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Reflections on Suwari Waza

After the last class of the evening, everyone usually gathers at the door and we all leave together. On one particular evening towards the end of the month someone asked me the theme for next month’s practice to which I replied suwari waza.

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Hakama

Hakama is probably best known as traditional piece of samurai clothing and as a part of keikogi or training uniform worn in Japanese martial arts such as Kendo, Iaido, Kyudo, and Aikido.

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Practice Theme – September 2011 – Hanmi Handachi

Hanmi handachi is both a technique and an approach: nage sits on her knees, with feet underneath, much like in the seiza meditation posture, but resting on the toes, to allow for readiness of movement. When the attack comes, nage (the person who applies the technique) receives it and executes any of the standard defenses from that low position.

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Footwork in Practice: Ashi-Sabaki

I believe footwork is a crucial area of development in Aikido training, not just for beginners like me, but for all practitioners. It is one of the first things a beginner should focus on, as it directly affects the basics of Aikido.

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Self Defense Story

I left a party down by Guildwood Parkway in Scarborough at 3:00 am and was waiting for the bus. A van was driving up and down the street. It pulled down the side street just next to the bus stop.

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New Challenges

I started Aikido a few weeks back. When I first called the dojo to ask if I could get some information on the classes, I was just told to drop in and see for myself. To tell you the truth, I got excited and tried to get there as soon as I could.

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