The Spring Course – Jutai / keeping the momentum

Posted: April 14, 2012 in Aikido, Diary
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My father in law agreed to look after the kids, so I was able to go to the clubs spring course.

Aikido

Aikido (Photo credit: Celine Aussourd)

I had been on a few courses before with Judo and Ju Jitsu. The Judo courses were usually focused on kata forms for grading like the nage no kata (throwing), katame no kata (groundwork) and kime no kata (forms of self-defence).

The Aikido course was similar to the Jitsu courses I had done – an opportunity to focus on techniques in more depth than a normal session would allow. The course was only a half day, but I’m not sure I could have managed a full day.

After the usual warm up, we did a new exercise. I think it was “happo undo” or “eight directions exercise”. It was the first time I had done this, so I made a real hash of it. I found a video on youtube as an aide memoir.

We started by focusing on Irimi and Tenkan, from wrist grabs. To further practice the movements, we used a jo staff. I ended up as uke to the sensei in a sidebar demonstration and was given the opportunity to practice  a no arms forward roll. Not done that in a while!

We had a break around half way through – tea and chocolate biscuits.

After the break we carried the movements through to immobilisations. We covered Ikkyo, Nikkyo, Sankyo, and Yonkyo. I had never done yonkyo before. This a nerve pin and applied by taking a grip like on a bokken. Again, I found a video as an aide memoir. We did this from an Ikkyo pin closer to the mat than the guys on the video.I got a bit confused with Omote and Ura variations.

Sensei also gave a short talk on the different states of aikido – Ko-tai, Ju-tai, Eki-tai, Ki-tai. I may have these a bit wrong, but this is my understanding.

  • Ko-tai (Solid Form) is where the uke is static and tori needs to pre-empt an attack with and atemi or feint for tori to move.
  • Ju-tai (Liquid Form) is where an attacker actually attacks and provides energy for uke to work with.
  • Eki-tai (Gas Form) is where both tori and uke are moving
  • Ki-tai (Void) is where the is no interaction between tori and uke.

All the techniques we did today were Jutai.I really enjoyed the course and can’t wait until the next session. I may have to miss the sessions next week due to work commitments, but I ordered a couple of books from Amazon to read. Perhaps I’ll post a review.

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