Awasu » Tokubetsu Embu Sho
Tuesday 18th October 2005 4:35 PM [General]

As I've written several times, I've been training in Aikido for some time now.

The 50th All Japan Yoshinkan Aikido Demonstration was held in Japan recently and one of my instructors, Sensei Joe Thambu, had the honour of winning the Tokubetsu Embu Sho (the prize for the best demonstration). You can check out his performance here (Quicktime video); it's awesome :o! The suwari waza (techniques done while kneeling) he does at the beginning is unbelievable - I don't move that well even when I'm standing!

There are more clips of other people, some of the highest ranked in Yoshinkan Aikido in the world, here.

Inspirational :bow:

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*sigh* I miss training in Aikido. I trained for about three years, but I've had a 2 level fusion in my neck, and my surgeon recommended I avoid being thrown about.

That's tough. I know I'd certainly miss it.

How about doing only the stuff that doesn't require you to get thrown around? I seem to remember reading about some guy in a wheelchair who did Aikido. Presumably that's all he did :-)

Possibly. I've talked with my Sensei about possibly just training in weapons when I'm able, but it will be another year or so before my bone graft has filled in to the point that it would be safe to try.

If nothing else, I can practice Aikido in my day-to-day life by using the principles in intrapersonal confrontation - get off the line of attack, face the same direction as my attacker, deflect the attack without either person taking an injury.

Best of luck, whatever happens :rose:

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