The Seminar will be an introductory study of the Japanese weapon, the Samurai Sword. We will use the traditional wooden bokken to explore the tactics, strategy and philosophy of Samurai warriors. This is an excellent opportunity for newcomers to the martial arts or for seasoned practitioners of non weapon based arts.
When – Sunday June 5th, 2016 from 1:30-4:30pm
Place – Trotter Building, 410 W. Geer Street, Durham, 27701
(Between Cocoa & Cinnamon and Cross Fit, corner of Geer and Foster)
Bring – Sincere Heart, Open Mind. Traditional Martial Arts uniform preferred but not necessary. Bokken or unsharpened Iaido sword. We will have extras for beginners.
Instructor – Sensei Gil Fits, 40 years of traditional and tactical martial arts experience
Email – tenrokan @ gmail. com (close spaces)
Costs – $40
Jacques Payet was a constant student and disciple of Yoshinkai Founder Gozo Shioda. He is instrumental in translating Kancho Shioda’s writings into books like Shugyo. Here is an example of a trained mind, trained body and superlative concepts.
In the beginning we are very focused on learning technique in Aikido. Is my right foot or left foot forward? Do I pivot left or right?
Later as we advance we pay attention to breathing, timing, posture, extension etc. The next phase is to develop a strong sense of mindfulness, utter presence that self monitors and maintains equanimity. Then let’s test that with people grabbing, pushing and punching us…..Ultimately we forget this ‘self’ and focus on reading and leading the intentions of the uke.
But no matter where we are on this journey here is an article that provides Aiki principles to the randori of daily life…
One of the serious keepers of the flame – Master Don Angier – passed away this week. Angier was classically trained in Daito Ryu Aikijutjitsu and the Yoshida family arts, making him one of the foremost traditional technicians and historians of Japanese samurai arts. Tony and I had the chance to take his classes along with his senior students at the Aiki Expo in 2002. He was very impressive, personable and a true gentleman.
Here is a clip of his kenjutsu and taijutsu – http://youtu.be/QvWiYcxTm2A
Aikido has taught me to focus on the four “C”s.
Courage, Concentration, Compassion and Consecration
Courage to face my doubts and procrastination,fears and worries, to enter the fray without hesitation when needed. Concentration to keep everyday activities focused on principles, and to draw upon the people and philosophies that provide strength. Compassion to express our true humanity, to be empathetic and of service. Consecration to understand within things small and those large beyond comprehension, Life itself is Holy and within every breath we can find worship and meaning…..