4月4日(水)の稽古April 4th Training

今日は新しい生徒がいらっしゃったので、全員で初歩の動作を中心とした稽古を一緒に行いました。みんなでとっても楽しく稽古できたと思います。

In today’s class we had three brand new students so everyone in class had a chance to go back to the beginning and work on some core Aikido basics. It was a lot of fun for our new students.

合気道無限塾では、常に基本に集中し、研ぎ澄ますための練習が重要であると考えています。熟練した生徒にとっても簡単な動作に集中することで自身の弱点を改善するいい機会となります。

At Aikido Mugenjuku we believe in constant focus on and polishing of our basics so it was a really good chance for our advanced students to focus on some easy movements and really work on improving any weak points.

 

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

3月28日(水)の稽古 March 28th Training

最近は毎日暖かくなってきて道場でいい汗をかきやすくなってきました。

It’s getting warmer everyday now so it’s easy to work up a good sweat in the dojo.

今日のクラスは、武器クラスでしたが、最初の30分はいろいろな種類の受け身を練習しました。特に後ろに障害物がある中での受け身を練習しました。この手の受け身は通常の受け身とタイミングが違く非常に面白いですね。

Today’s class was a weapons class but for the first thirty minutes we practiced many types of Ukemi. In particular we practiced taking back break falls simulating a situation where you fall backwards over something. This kind of ukemi training is always interesting because the timing is very different from the nice controlled normal back break  falls we do.

受け身の後は場を使って13杖型、31杖型のフォームを、最後に組杖(相手と行う型)を練習しました。いつも武器を本気で打つのは、相手に当ててしまいそうで難しいものです。逆に本気で打たないと練習になりません。ただし、型を正しくゆっくり安全に行うことで、恐怖からくる間違った動きをさせずに練習できるのです。

After ukemi practiced we worked on staff forms. 13 and 31 jo-kata and we ended the class with some kumi-jo (jo-kata with a partner). It’s always a challenge to give an honest atack with weapons because we’re afraid of hurting each other. Without an honest attack we can’t correctly learn the forms. But if we practice the forms correctly and slowly we can get give honest attacks safely and help our partner avoid developing  bad habits due fear of getting hurt.