3月30日(金)の稽古 March 30th Training

今日はハードな稽古をするにはうってつけの日ですね!おかげで、写真を撮り忘れてしまいました。。。

Hi Everyone – It was nice a cool today so it was a perfect day for some hard training. We were training so hard that I forgot to take pictures!

今日は続けて2つのクラスが有りました。

最初は武器クラスです。木剣(木刀)と杖(じょう、木の長い棒)を扱って姿勢を相手と一緒に稽古しました。前半は木剣を使って養神館の基本動作を行いました。木剣の重みがあるので、より内側の筋肉やバランス能力を鍛えることができます。

後半は杖の扱いかたの基本と、組み杖を稽古しました。下のビデオは無限塾東京の2人の生徒が去年の11月の演武会で披露したものです。

Anyway, today we had two classes back to back. The first one is what we call a weapons class. In the weapons class we practice Bokken (wooden sword )and Jo (wooden staff) forms both by ourselves and with partners. In the first half of the weapons class, we did Yoshinkan Aikido kihon dosa with a Bokken. The added weight of the sword makes for good core muscle building and balance training.

In the second half of the class, we worked on some Jo basics and them finished with some Kumi-jo (Jo forms done in pairs). The video below is of two of our students performing Kumi-jo at the All Japan Enbutaikai last November.

In the second class, we spent some time on ukemi and trying to doing it very slow and controlled. Then we worked on some more kihon dosa but this time without a Bokken. We finished off the last 20 minutes with some half speed hajime geiko (techniques done in succession without much break time in between) to practice the techniques for the 6th kyu test. Everyone trained really hard today!

Chris