Friday, May 09, 2008

Seminar Last Weekend, etc..

We had another excellent seminar last weekend with Hal Lehrman Sensei. I was fortunately to attend Saturday's classes and work with some people I have not met before. Hal's approach is what I would call "position-based" Aikido. It's all about being in the right place at the right time, not giving any "fight" to your uke, and well, you just have to absorb the feeling of his techniques. There is a direct transmission of teaching that comes from just watching, being aware, and having the techniques performed on you. It's beyond words, really. I find this is especially true of the more advanced teachers. Subtle.

This morning it was just me and Andy, so we went through a lot of different techniques, and some of the more obscure ones that we don't do often, like gokyo and rokyo.

... and now I'm ready for a nap.



Blogger uchi deshi said...

I like the description of not giving any fight to the uke. If I feel like I'm doing that, I know I did something wrong.

3:44 PM  

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