Reading Zenshin Aikido Club

Reading Zenshin Aikido Club

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Do you have any idea who these chaps are ? I have an old VHS of them training which was given to me to upload to youtube, but nobody knows who they are. All I can say is that their aikido is Iwama style and it is sometime between 1989 and 2005, any ideas ?
All the very best over the Festive Season from everyone at Allander Aikido Club :-)
Hi this is the Group Photo from the British Aikido Board Weapons Seminar, held at Brunel University on Saturday 6th April, It was well supported, with members of six of our own clubs attending, we would like to thank the BAB for organising this first Weapons Seminar.
Sensei Tony Sargeant is hosting a Three Day Weapons and Taijutsu Seminar in Kefalonia, 5th,6th,7th April 2019.
BAB Weapons Course Saturday April 6th 2019, Sensei Paul McGlone and Sensei Richard Small will be teaching from the TIAE :-)
Sorry to hear it's your last Tuesday Class at the moment from everyone at Allander Aikido Club, hope to hear that you have something else planned soon :-)
Sensei Tony Sargeant will be teaching in Keighley on Saturday 18th November 11.00am to 4.30pm ;-)
Sensei Tony Sargeant and Sensei Paul McGlone weekend Seminar in Poole, Dorset on the 2nd and 3rd of December 2017, You are invited :-)
Sensei Richard Small is teaching an Aiki Weapons Course on the 24th of September.

A friendly local martial arts club offering Traditional Iwama Aikido to students at all levels. Beginner's classes held througout the year.

Operating as usual

Photos from Reading Zenshin Aikido Club's post 28/04/2021

A huge congratulations to Dave Partington and Paul Weston for achieving their Sandan ranks from Tony Sargeant Sensei in 2020. John Garmston Sensei awarded their beautiful official Aikikai certificates last weekend.

P.S. Check out the current battle of the beards!! 😮

11/04/2021

When striking the Aiki sword, use the entire body.

Primary use of the arms alone will cause fatigue and soreness, and this kind of segmented force is limited.
How can we involve the rest of the body to disseminate the work?
Engage the back. Use the larger muscles in the back and hip to raise the sword. The kokyu in the left hand extends or pushes to help raise. Inhale.
Intent, gravity, and some muscle tension for direction can bring the sword down.
Use the knees and grounded feet to halt the sword to horizontal in a 'necessary tension only' type way. Stabilize to strengthen the lower body.
Exhale or kiai.

Every new year we strike the bokken 1,000 times. Using the entire body with a calm mindset is essential to complete this. With these things in mind, form is maintained, fatigue kept at bay.

Incorporate the whole coordinated body when striking the Aiki ken.

TAKEMUSU AIKIDO - YouTube 08/04/2021

TAKEMUSU AIKIDO - YouTube

TAKEMUSU AIKIDO - YouTube Early 2020 saw the creation of the Takemusu Aikido Online Dojo, as a response to the Covid Pandemic – giving people the opportunity to continue their daily p...

[04/07/21]   DON'T FORGET! Weapons classes will resume this coming Sunday 11th April, outside at Palmer Park from 9:00am!! 🥳🤩 You will need to to ensure your insurance is up to date before training. Please contact Sensei John Garmston for more details.

Tony Sargeant is creating Martial Arts, Aikido, Yoga, Meditation and Tai-Chi | Patreon 07/04/2021

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Timeline Photos 07/04/2021

Timeline Photos

TAE Journal Number 5 - April 2021

We are excited to announce the latest Edition of the TAE Journal!

It is early spring and we are still very much in the midst of the Covid 19 pandemic with all the consequences it is having on all of us.

But it is spring, so our minds are turning to new initiatives and ways to revive our dormant dojos, inspire our classes and motivate our students.

Read in full below...

https://mailchi.mp/22397aeaaa1f/tae-journal-number-5

Aikido kisei..... Gotegaeshi with atemi..... . 06/04/2021

Aikido kisei..... Gotegaeshi with atemi..... .

Interesting: https://youtu.be/1OD1K9bxWl0

Aikido kisei..... Gotegaeshi with atemi..... . Gotegaeshi with sokumen atemi

Last Part of Shirata Sensei’s Essay 02/04/2021

Last Part of Shirata Sensei’s Essay

Last Part of Shirata Sensei’s Essay Short Topic Introduction (Feel free to skip this if you read last week’s) Due to the esoteric terms, analogies, and metaphors that Ueshiba Morihei commonly used in his lectures, many, if not …

[04/01/21]   This is NOT an April fool’s joke! We are pleased to announce that we will be starting weapons classes outside at Palmer Park again at 9:00am on Sun 11th April! 🥳🤩 You will need to to ensure your insurance is up to date before training. Please contact Sensei John Garmston for more details.

CNF FFAB 01/04/2021

CNF FFAB

CNF FFAB L'aïkido un art martial pour toutes

19/03/2021

Once you realize that the road is the goal and that you are always on the road, not to reach a goal, but to enjoy its beauty and its wisdom, life ceases to be a task and becomes natural and simple, in itself an ecstasy.

~ Sri Nisargadatta Maharaj ~

19/03/2021

It is just fine to have a 'goal'. Keep them, however, more as 'markers' in time to note progress. The more we know the more we do not know.
The journey is never ending, keep reaching for more.
Keep up the practice.

"Shoot for the moon, even if you miss, you'll land among the stars."
-Les Brown

Shodokan Aikido women’s jyu embu 19/03/2021

Shodokan Aikido women’s jyu embu

Shodokan Aikido women’s jyu embu The winning demonstration at Tenri annual student games

19/03/2021

Reflections on East-West approaches to teaching and learning Aikido ~ Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros

"A fundamental objective of the traditional martial arts is to not only produce technically effective practitioners but also individuals who are 'free' and able to 'stand on their own feet'. In
the Japanese martial ways such a person is know as a 'tatsujin'. The traditional system is a confusing and often lonely path. Little is explained and even less help and support is given. So the student has to grasp the matter himself. The emphasis in the traditional system is experience first, then knowledge (or to put it more precisely, 'conceptual translation for the purpose of communication after direct experience'). In the west it tends to be
the other way around: first concepts then (perhaps) experience of the matter. And this is precisely the problem with all our forms of
education which are heavily conceptual and abstract in nature: how to get experience out of information. Knowing a lot and being able to do a lot are different things in Aikido. In Japan this problem is well appreciated and therefore there is always a strong emphasis on cultivating a 'beginner's mind' (shoshin)
which is open to possibilities and which is comfortable with 'not knowing'. For most westerners 'not knowing' is not a place we are
comfortable working from as a baseline state and we would much rather move on quickly from being beginners to being experts."

Read in full here:
http://aikidotradicional.eu/wp-content/uploads/reflections_on_East-West.pdf

Mobile Uploads 17/03/2021

Mobile Uploads

15/03/2021
More than Ken Basic's 15/03/2021

More than Ken Basic's

More than Ken Basic's Sensei Tony Sargeant 6th Dan and Founder of Takemusu Iwama Aikido Europe.Tony started training Aikido in 1973 and at 71, continues to train and teach seminar...

Online Weapons Seminar 14/03/2021

Online Weapons Seminar

Online Weapons Seminar Weapons Seminar on Zoom with Patricia Hendricks Shihan

Photos from Aikido Advice for Women...and a Few Men's post 14/03/2021

Photos from Aikido Advice for Women...and a Few Men's post

Tony Sargeant is creating Martial Arts, Aikido, Yoga, Meditation and Tai-Chi | Patreon 13/03/2021

Tony Sargeant is creating Martial Arts, Aikido, Yoga, Meditation and Tai-Chi | Patreon

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Practical Kata Bunkai: The Training Matrix! 12/03/2021

Practical Kata Bunkai: The Training Matrix!

Practical Kata Bunkai: The Training Matrix! https://www.iainabernethy.co.uk/A quick video about one of those things that should be obvious, but obviously isn’t :-) All training methods have deliberate ...

11/03/2021
05/03/2021

In our solo practice, work to move the whole body as one coordinated unit. This integrated "mass" increases force/power.

"The human body can produce incredible power naturally...yet usually, when we move our hands, we solely rely on the muscles of the arms and shoulders; and when we move our feet, we typically rely solely on the muscles of the legs. In short, we only use the strength of each individual part..."

- Gozo Shioda
Fr "Aikido: My Spiritual Journey" p.109

02/03/2021
Photos from Aikido Advice for Women...and a Few Men's post 02/03/2021

Photos from Aikido Advice for Women...and a Few Men's post

26/02/2021

Donovan Waite 1992 Chile

[02/23/21]   Very sad news about the passing of Donovan Waite Shihan. Our condolences to his loved ones.

22/02/2021

'Little by little' ~ Shunryu Suzuki

After you have practiced for a while, you will realize that it is not possible to make rapid, extraordinary progress. Even though you try very hard, the progress you make is always little by little. It is not like going out in a shower in which you know when you get wet. In a fog, you do not know you are getting wet, but as you keep walking you get wet little by little. If your mind has ideas of progress, you may say, "Oh, this pace is terrible!" But actually it is not. When you get wet in a fog it is very difficult to dry yourself. So there is no need to worry about progress.

– Shunryu Suzuki

From the book "Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind"

https://justdharma.com/s/e061m

10/02/2021

Honest Training – “Sunao keiko”
- by Stanley Pranin

“When I trained in Iwama under Morihiro Saito Sensei many years ago, every so often he would say something like, “Sunao ni keiko sh*te kudasai” (Practice with an honest mind) to admonish students to practice sincerely and in a spirit of cooperation. An example would be when he saw a student resisting another’s attempt to perform a technique using his foreknowledge of the technique being practiced.

“Let’s assume that we are practicing tai no henko. I know that nage will be pivoting to the outside while extending his arms in front of his centre. Instead of merely grabbing his hand firmly, I lift it up forcibly to prevent him from turning and executing the technique. What I have done is simply to take advantage of the prearranged nature of practice to thwart nage’s attempt to perform the technique. I am not being “sunao” or honest in my training. Such an action on my part would be entirely self-defeating and a show of disrespect to the teacher. If I were to lift uke’s arm upward in tai no henko, he could simply continue the upward movement and swing his arm towards my face to throw me down.

“The following was a true story that occurred at the Iwama Dojo many years ago. I was practicing with a strong partner. Every time, he would use his knowledge of the technique we were practicing to block my movement. This of course was a cause of frustration to me. To make a statement, I proceeded to block his technique in the same manner, but only once to prove a point. He continued every time to stop me, and from then on, I just resigned myself to continue until the end of class vowing to never train with him again.

“I knew that Saito Sensei was watching us as we continued in this manner, and I saw him becoming upset out of the corner of my eye. Finally, Sensei shouted, “Dame! So iu kudaranai keiko yamero!” (Stop that stupid training!). We all sat down while Sensei exploded at my partner. He explained that anyone can block a person’s technique if they know in advance what they intend to do. That this kind of training totally defeats the purpose of practice and that one cannot progress by training this way. Sensei then proceeded to ban my partner from practice at the dojo. The man was totally humiliated and immediately left the dojo with his head hanging down.

“Sensei eventually let the man back after about a month. From that point on, he trained in a respectful way and became an exemplary student. I trained with him several times after that and it was an enjoyable experience. He later established his own dojo and is still active.

“Let me give one more example drawn from aikido history. This one is a humorous story that shows another instance of someone not being “sunao.” It has to do with the famous Professor Kenzo Futaki who was a devoted student of Morihei Ueshiba during the Kobukan Dojo period in the 1930s. Futaki Sensei was known affectionately as “Dr. Brown Rice” for his strict macrobiotic diet.

One day Professor Futaki said to Ueshiba Sensei, “Sensei, I am going to attack you with a bokken. Can you escape from my attack?” Sensei answered smilingly, “Anytime.” When the professor used to attack Sensei from the front during demonstrations, Sensei always evaded to the left. So this time, he anticipated and decided to make an attack to the direction in which Sensei always evaded. As a result, Professor Futaki’s attack missed Sensei again, because Sensei did not move. The professor of course admitted his defeat.

When Professor Futaki asked Sensei how he could tell the direction of his attack, he responded, “Your mind had already flown to the right. Your empty-spirited body made that attack ever so slowly!” (From “An Aikido Life — Chapter 8″ by Gozo Shioda)

“In this case too, the befuddled professor believed he could outwit Ueshiba Sensei because he thought the latter would move in a predictable way. However, the Founder was extremely astute and immediately sensed the ruse. Dr. Futaki was not being “sunao” when he attacked with his bokken.

“I will finish up with one other example of how the lack of an honest spirit in training led to the end of two promising aikido careers. On my first trip to Japan, there were two foreign men that often trained and hung out together. They were both ranked about 2nd dan at the time. They could often be seen practicing together after class and really mixing it up.

“Years later, I happened to ask a mutual friend what happened to these two men as I had not seen or heard about them for a long time. He said that both had stopped aikido altogether because of their frustration at not being able to make techniques work on each other. They did not practice aikido with an honest mind. To my way of thinking, they had totally misunderstood the importance of honest practice as the correct way to develop good aikido skills.

“I think it is important for teachers to grasp this often misunderstood point and regularly explain to students why their future progress hinges upon adopting an open, honest mind in training, what the Japanese call “sunao na kokoro.””

www.aikidoonline.org

Aikido Technicals | Tony Sargeant on Patreon 01/02/2021

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Observing your Aikido body 29/01/2021

Observing your Aikido body

Observing your Aikido body Sensei Tony Sargeant 6th Dan and Founder of Takemusu Iwama Aikido Europe.Tony started training Aikido in 1973 and at the age of 70, he continues to train and...

18/01/2021

«As soon as you concern yourself with the “good” and “bad” of your fellows, you create an opening in your heart for maliciousness to enter. Testing, competing with, and criticizing others weakens and defeats you.»
Morihei UESHIBA, The Art of Peace

Picture source: @ueshibamorihei

Timeline Photos 09/01/2021

Timeline Photos

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«Ogni giorno dell'esistenza umana racchiude felicità e rabbia, dolore e piacere, oscurità e luce, crescita e decadimento.
Ogni momento è delineato dal grande disegno della natura, perciò non cercate di rifiutare o contrastare l’ordine cosmico delle cose».
(Morihei Ueshiba, 1883-1969)

09/01/2021

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