Wednesday, March 6, 2013

One month of Iwama Aikido is of value to me especially since practicing Gokkyo and Rokkyo is more frequent than in Aikikai. Each technique executed in Iwama is distinctly step by step which is a reminder of  all the parts. Awareness enriches practice but I find it difficult to capture the follow and energy. Falling to the ground was break falls and not many front rolls which I missed. Still one month is only a sample and I hope to engage again in the future. Even with variation in the instructions and training program, the techniques are the same.
Always enjoy the weapon work but had to adapt to allowing the sword (Bokken) and stick (Jo) fall down along the back for a more forceful strike. In Aikikai the strikes keep the weapon elevated above the head for protection and faster response.