After practice one night I started to realize that I was feeling something different when doing several of the techniques. I believe I have progressed recently due to a new understanding of proper movement while doing Suwariwaza. Being able to break down the movement in this fashion has also helped me gain greater sensitivity over the resulting forces that arise after each partner grabs. The key to my latest progress came from getting my whole body to work as one unit, our natural will is to try and power through this exercise with only our arms doing the work. Sensei had us putting our arms out and holding them (with ki extended) in front of our bodies kind of like a frame. A frame that when connected to our hips leads us to not use a portion of our body, but in turn a whole body movement. When this is done it becomes very easy to move your partner off balance then to the resulting throw.
Aikido Journal Editor Stanley Pranin is conducting regular classes in Las Vegas on Mondays and Thursdays, 7:00-8:30 pm
The home dojo is located near the South Point Casino and Iwama Aikido is the style practiced. If you live in the area or are a visitor and would like to stop by you may contact us as described below:
- Go to the following link: http://www.aikidojournal.com/askaway
- Select the “Aikido Training in Las Vegas” topic from the drop-down menu
- Write a brief resume of your aikido training background, if any, describe your training goals, mention the area of town you live in, and provide an email and contact telephone number. We will contact each interested person and arrange a meeting to go over our training plans and answer any questions you might have.