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WELCOME TO

KAISHUKAN AIKIDO DOJO

A Member Of

THE BRITISH AIKIDO FEDERATION

Under The Direction Of

Kanestuka Shihan (8th Dan Hombu)

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A typical Aikido Class

Rei-Ho (Bow)

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Junbi-Taiso (Warm Ups)

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Kihon-Dosa (Basic Moves)

Shisei

Seiza Ho

Ashi-Sabaki

Te-Sabaki

Za Ho/ Shikko Ho

Ukemi

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Tai-Sabaki Dosa

Tandoku Dosa

Sotai Dosa

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Waza (Techniques)

Katame/ Kansetsu Waza

Nage Waza

Haishin Undo

Kokyu Ho

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Junbi-Taiso (Warm Down)

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Rei-Ho (Bow)

The first thing a person should do is familiarize themselves with aikido etiquette. It is OK to make mistakes with this, one of the seniors will guide you. The sensei starts the class usually with a clap and the gakusei (students) sit in a row in grade order right to left. Sensei takes the rei (bow) first to the kamiza then to the students. The gakusei follow both bows (when bowing to the sensei the gakusei say “onegaishimasu). The gakusei then follow instructions the sensei and copy them.

 

A class usually starts with communal warm-ups (called Kihon Jumbi-Dosa) it is important to do this to make sure everybody is sufficiently ready for the class and to promote a communal spirit.

This consists of both dynamic and static stretches including wrist exercises (called Tekubi-Kansetsu Junan Undo), with an emphasis on Aikido. Also it is common to do meditative, yoga, and zazen exercises to get a good flow of oxygen into the body.

Commonly warm-ups are followed by basic tai no taiso and tai subaki exercises plus rolling and ukemi, this is a means of strengthening basics and the foundations of Aikido.

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During A Class

The lesson is conducted by the sensei showing an exercise or a technique while the gakusei sit patiently and watch in seiza. When the demonstration is finished the sensei will tell the gakusei to practice and they will do so attempting to copy exactly what has been shown.

 

For paired Practice one person attacks and receives a technique (the uke or nage in the case of a throw) and the other executes the technique (the tori ) in the case of odd numbers this is done as a threesome, the gakusei bow to each other saying “onegaishimasu”, often one person practices four times and then the other, and the etiquette is that the senior (senpai, ) takes ukemi first. When finishing practice with a person bow and say “Domo Arigato” then sit in seiza.

The sensei may stop the class at intervals but saying yame (stop) or clapping and demonstrate again, the class sits in seiza and watches, or Kotae meaning change over in which case people will swap partners. At other times the sensei will ask the class to follow and copy them and at other times the class may practice as a group, this all depends on the activity and what is being taught.

 

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The End Of The Class

 

The class usually ends with warm down exercises then the gakusei line up in seiza in grade order once again. The class is then closed by the rei being taken as described above. At the end of the class notices and announcements are given. The sensei then bows and leaves the mat. The most senior grade then says “dojo ne rei” and the class bows and disperse. It is good manners for students to bow to each other as a sign of thanks and respect, remember this is an important piece of your practice, it is also customary to thank the sensei.

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