Seminar with Jordi Marcos (4th dan Aikikai, Shidoin, Hombu Dojo) 16.-18.03.2018

This weekend, Jordi Marcos from Barcelona had his second seminar in Trondheim.

On Friday, Jordi went through the koshi nage technique from several different attacks. He focused on distance and timing the following day, Saturday. This was done with and without the help of a jo. Using the energy and movement from the attacker (uke) was the main theme that day. After practice, a grading was held. We would like to congratulate Viktória Havas and Agnes Guizy on getting 1st dan. After the grading, a nice dinner at Benja Siam Thai followed.
On Sunday, Jordi went through some techniques and attacks from the grading, for example attacks from behind like ushiro ryotedori. The weekend ended with some bokken practice.

One of the main topics throughout the weekend was how to follow the attacker’s intended movement and make it work against him / her. Many examples, explanations and comments made the seminar fun and educational. It was a great seminar, and we hope we will be able to practice with Jordi in the future!

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Bjørn Eirik Olsen 7. dan 20.-22.10.2017

This weekend we had a great seminar with Bjørn Eirik Olsen Shihan, 7th dan, Chief instructor of the Norwegian Aikido Federation.

On Friday and Saturday, Bjørn Eirik went through basic techniques in three different manners. He would start with the basic version, kotai, then move on to a flowing version with circular movements, jutai, and the last version was a direct approach with triangular movement, kitai. After practice on Saturday, a grading was held. Frank Aakvik from TAK impressed and got 2nd kyu. The grading was followed by a nice dinner at Ristorantino.

On Sunday, we had jo practice, going through the first seven techniques of the 20 jo suburi in detail and ending the weekend with some jo nage. One of the main topics throughout the weekend was how to avoid giving your balance to the uke, keeping your center strong while keeping any body part in contact with uke soft.

With a relatively small attendance at the seminar, Bjørn Eirik had the opportunity to give lots of feedback during practice, making this a weekend with a ton of learning. We look forward to practicing with him again in the future!

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Roberto Martucci 6. dan 22. – 24.09.2017

On 22-24 September 2017, we had the pleasure of hosting our third seminar with Roberto Martucci 6th dan, from Kashin Dojo in Rome. Roberto has been practicing aikido since 1975; his style characterized by circular and fluid movements, taught in a friendly and patient manner. This seminar had an international group of participants, coming from both nearby and far away. Throughout the weekend, we had four excellent classes, working to improve the use of our center and focusing on the difference between internal and external movement. Roberto introduced his ideas through bokken practice on Friday and evolved the techniques through weaponless practice on Saturday and Sunday. After practice on Saturday, eight of us gathered to eat dinner and socialize at the local Ramp Pub & Spiseri, enjoying a nice evening together. Thanks for a great weekend! We hope to see Roberto again in Trondheim in two years’ time!

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