謹賀新年 Happy New Year. Training will recommence Tuesday January 17. Here's the Sumo dezuiri ceremony at Meiji Jingu to wish us all health and good fortune. Sorry for the cheesy music intro, it's the best footage I could find.
Let's make the date official. Grading is next Thursday November 10. To save you scanning through the grading syllabus is here:
Diagonal movement day, spot the theme. In Butokuryu Aikijujutsu we use the same movements that we practice in suburi and tai-jutsu to perform atemi. We try to make our throwing techniques soft but powerful, and practicing atemi enables us to find the element of hardness in our soft throws. While our goju friends aim to seek the 柔 ju in the 剛 go, we can recognise the usefulness of accessing a bit of go in our ju.
Just one thing - our resistance training is not so much to build strength as to discover the postures and movements that are strong, and to do them so much that they become our natural movements
Picked up a book in the dojo where my Chinese Medicine practice is, 'The Secrets of Aikido'. As far as I could tell the secrets are that for all his martial talents, Ueshiba was just a bit insane; and that if what he was doing was aikido, then nobody else has ever done aikido. Anyway the book has a chapter titled shugyo - constant training. There are no secrets to butokuryu aikijujutsu, there's just constant training. So happy Australia/ Invasion day, we train as usual.