Fall Friendship Seminar – 11/10 – 11/2018 From: Jason Mallia posted on 25. Oct 2018, 12:27pm URL: http://www.aikidocenters.com
Please join Hans Goto 7th Dan, Greg O’Connor 7th Dan and Tom Collings 6th Dan for the Fall Friendship Seminar. November 10 at Aikido Centers of New Jersey 38 Station Rd, Sparta, NJ 917-853-4325 AM:10-Noon and PM:2-4 (Mat Fee $80). On November 11 Hans Goto will be at Integrated Peace Arts 305 Central Ave. Suite 2, White Plains, NY 914-648-0492 9 AM – Noon (Mat Fee $50).
Toshiharu Sawada 7dan in San Jose, CA Oct 27-28, 2018 From: Eric Norige posted on 25. Oct 2018, 12:27pm URL: http://www.kimoridojo.com/events/
Kimori Dojo SVB is pleased to invite the larger California Aikido community to join us training with Toshiharu Sawada at DeAnza College, San Jose, CA on Oct 27-28. Sawada Toshiharu shihan, 7th dan, began his Aikido training in 1965 after entering university. He trained under the guidance of Kazuo Chiba shihan, Norihiko Ichihashi shihan and Norihiko Watanabe shihan. Aikido Kimori Dojo was established on the 20th of January 2002 in Nagoya, Japan. Sawada shihan deeply draws from weapons training to improve body arts, so bring jo and bokken. All affiliations and levels welcome. Full seminar is $125, one day registration is $75. Email firstname.lastname@example.org or go to kimoridojo.com/events for more information.
This is often easier said then done, and if you have ever watched the documentary on Rickson Gracie (above) you may feel overwhelmed about trying some of his pre-competition calming techniques. His breathing methods, mental preparation, submerging himself into ice-cold rivers, these are all things of a legend! Most of us competing in BJJ are doing it for a hobby, to stay in shape, to get out and compete, and very few have the luxury to compete professionally. One thing that is consistent across the board is that you need to prepare for your tournament, and you are going to be nervous. Everyone gets nervous before a match, everyone gets the jitters, and most people don’t know enough about the mental game to keep themselves in the fight. There are plenty of breathing strategies and mental preparations that can help a fighter, but there are also supplements that can be taken to calm nerves. Anything from natural herbs, to prescription medicine, guys around the world are calming their nerves with supplements before tournaments. This is true for BJJ, Taekwondo, Karate, MMA, boxing, and any other combat sport that require mental and physical commitment. Prior to a match I had earlier this year, I was researching some natural ways to overcome the pre-fight jitters and came across full spectrum hemp oils. I’ll admit, when I learned it was from a cannabis plant I was a little turned off as I have never been a fan of marijuana. After doing some more research though, I found that there were extracts available online that were free of the chemical that gets you stoned (THC). About a week leading up to the fight I began to take the supplement to relax my mind, body, and spirit. It was interesting, I couldn’t notice anything at first, and then I doubled the recommended dose. While this may not be necessary for everyone, my body happens to be a machine that burns through everything I pump into it, including caffeine and other supplements. This was one of the reasons why I thought about doubling the dose. After I found this to give me a sense of relaxation, I continued using it before training for about a week. It really did help with all my pre-fight training but I wasn’t sold on taking it yet for an actual match. My adrenaline and overall mental state are way different on fight day and I wasn’t sure how being relaxed would affect my performance. I definitely didn’t want to take too much edge off, I need some of that for the fight. Training just isn’t real enough to gauge it’s effectiveness for a match. I am continuing to use it and trying to put myself in situations that would cause anxiety in a match, or before a match, and see if that really helps. If I don’t lose my edge and the feeling is consistent weak after week then I may try CBD oils before my next BJJ match to attempt to eliminate the pre-fight jitters.
Oct 12-14, 2018: George Ledyard Sensei in Oberlin, OH From: Andrzej Siwkiewicz posted on 15. Sep 2018, 11:31am URL: http://clevelandaikido.com/seminars/
Oberlin Aikikai invites all to join us for the annual Fall Aikido Seminar in Oberlin with George Ledyard Sensei.
This special gasshuku will be held at the Hales Gym, Oberlin College, 180 West Lorain Street, Oberlin, Ohio 44074-1016:
Friday, October 12, evening class at 7 – 8:30 p.m.
Saturday, October 13, morning class at 10 – 12 p.m., and afternoon class at 3 – 5 p.m.
Sunday, October 14, morning class at 10 – 12 p.m.
The full seminar cost is $110, or $30 per class.
All affiliations are welcomed.
Preregistration is recommended and housing available in hotels nearby.
For more information visit: http://clevelandaikido.com/events/, email: email@example.com or call 216-392 2274.
See you on the mat,
Oberlin Aikido Club Head Instructor
Shinjiro Yokoyama, 6th dan in Houston / Oct. 19-21, 2018 From: Jorge Garcia posted on 15. Sep 2018, 11:31am URL: http://www.shudokanaikido.com/modules/xoopsfaq/index.php?cat_id=21
The Shudokan Aikido Association is pleased to be hosting Shinjiro Yokoyama from Tokyo, Japan at the Shudokan School of Aikido in Houston, Texas from October 19-21,2018. Yokoyama Sensei was a direct student of Shihan Hiroshi Kato, 8th dan for more than two decades at the Suginami Aikikai in Tokyo, Japan. Yokoyama Sensei will be teaching both body arts and the weapons system espoused by Kato Shihan. He will also show his own personal developments in the Aikido. All affiliations are welcome. Please bring a bokken and jo. For more information call 281-630-0361
BJJ Seminar In Toronto Ends Early From Clogged Plumbing
We headed up to Toronto at the beginning of this month for a seminar where 6 other schools were going to join and have a weekend training bonanza. The excitement over the seminar drew people from all around the United States, Canada, and Mexico. There were many athletes that were also preparing for the Jiu Jitsu Worlds In Las Vegas this weekend (August 22nd through he 25th). With the looming excitement of the World Master Championships in Vegas, and the overall enthusiasm to meet in Toronto for the weekend and train, this group was ready for an epic 2 day grappling binge. Some guys booked rooms at the Chelsea Hotel, while others found floors to crash on at the houses of our training partners. the hospitality in Toronto was unmatched, homes were open to anyone in need of a place to stay and every day when training ended we all met up for some Kinton Ramen in Toronto for some ramen bowls and a beer. The 3 day seminar started out Friday morning was scheduled to run through Sunday. The energy levels were through the roof on day 1, guys were excited to be there and preparing hard for the Worlds at the end of the month. Saturday morning came and the first group showed early to open and prepare the facility for training. The mats are scrubbed and sanitized to prevent fungi and infections that can cause things like athletes foot and other disgusting fungal growths. The gym typically only has 6-12 people in class per training day, the total attendance of day 1 was 33. With that many people crammed into a tight space, resources become limited. The mat space becomes limited, so we train in groups, then swap after 3 matches so people can rest. The bathrooms become heavily used, usually beyond functional means. Unfortunately this is what ended training early on day 2. On Saturday around 10am one of our members used the restroom, after flushing the toilet it began to backup rapidly. I believe there were some plumbing issues already in play here and that specific clog was not the result of a member using half a roll of toilet paper to clean up. It was an embarrassing moment for the young man as he exited the bathroom only to yell across the room to the facility owner that sewer water was backing up onto the floor. A few of us congregated to try and manage the overflow but it became obvious that this was going to be a plumbing disaster that was beyond our control. The toilet continued over flowing to the point that we had to shut the water off. Poop water had literally flowed out of the bathroom and into the training area where the odor became unmanageable. We scrambled to get the training mats off of the floor and save as much of the property as we could from damage. I jumped on my trusty smart phone to search for someone that services clogged drains in Toronto and found a company that was able to send an emergency plumber out immediately. The idea was that if we could get a plumber out to fix the toilet, maybe we could also get a cleaning service out to have it ready for training on Sunday. We found a cleaning company in Toronto that came in and sanitized the entire facility the same day. After a deep cleansing we aired out the room and came back the next morning and were ready to train. Sunday wrapped up nice, we all trained hard and ended the day on a good note. I finished my day on the toilet and was hesitant to flush it, but I did and nothing backed up so I was thankful for that. Maybe next year we will contact this BJJ School in Toronto to get a bigger space and more people involved.
Sep 22, 2018: Basics Seminar with Erik Calderon in Arlington, TX From: Erik Calderon posted on 24. Aug 2018, 08:44pm URL: http://shinkikan.com/arlingtonaikidoseminar.html
September 22, 2018 Arlington Aikido will be hosting a special Aikido Basics Seminar with Erik Sasha Calderon, 4th dan. After training in Japan, Calderon Sensei moved back to Houston and founded the Dojo ShinKikan. He was instrumental in introducing Kato, Hiroshi Shihan to the Aikido world.
The basics seminar will cover Basic Aikido movements, such as front and back rolls, back falls, shikou, basic attacks, basic weapons and kokyu.
The seminar is free, and will be accepting donations to cover travel expenses. Please visit Shinkikan Aikido Seminar for more information.
Aug 18, 2018: Keganin No Senshi Aikido Train-the-Trainers Workshop From: Frances Welson posted on 29. Jul 2018, 11:37am URL: http://https://mailchi.mp/2423198b83db/train-the-trainers-workshop-coming-to-baltimore
Keganin No Senshi Aikido (KNSA) Train-the-Trainers workshop in Baltimore on 18 August. This workshop was developed for aikidoka interested in working with veterans. Military service members; veterans and their families; Veterans Administration staff; therapists and counselors; and anyone concerned about or interested in working with veterans are welcome.
The workshop is an opportunity to learn about KNSA’s approach to teaching a therapeutic form of Aikido as a resource for veterans living with PTSD. Participants who are interested in applying what they learn will have a chance to practice during mini-classes and to receive feedback from staff and participants. Check link for details.