Tag Archives: Courses

There is a question that I get asked on occasion which tends to have a fairly standard answer, “How do you chose which course to go to?” I am asked this because the people that know me are aware that I’m highly selective with the courses I attend. I am carer, meaning I don’t have much time to spend away from home, and also do not have a lot of funds to spare, so I must spend them very carefully. In contrast I know people that go to every single…

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One of the most difficult things that aikidoka have to do is maintain their structure. In this post I’m specifically going to focus on the importance of being upright. There are many aspects to having good posture and one of those is simply standing up straight. Many people think they are standing up straight but when you look at them it is quite obvious that their spine is bent and they’re hunching over. This isn’t always our own fault though. Almost everything around is is designed to make us slouch.…

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Last month I attended a course in Holland hosted by Ruud Van Ginkel and the Aikido Centruum. The visiting instructor was 8th Dan Shihan Shimamoto Katsuyuki. This is an annual course that is worth every penny it costs me in airfare (from Scotland), food, hotels, fees, etc. There are certain reasons for that and here’s just one of them.  When you’re at a course you’re there to learn from someone that you will very seldom get to see. This means you have to pay attention to everything. You could just phone it…

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