We have our own dojo where the mats are always down.
Monday weapons classes focus on the Bokken (wooden sword) and Jo (staff) techniques which form the basis of Aikido’s empty hand techniques. (Taijitsu)
Tuesday and Thursday classes focus mainly on empty hand techniques such as throws, holds and neutralizing.
Aikido techniques are frequently referred to as waza 技 (which is Japanese for technique, art or skill). Aikido training is based primarily on two partners practicing pre-arranged forms. The basic pattern is for the receiver of the technique (uke) to initiate an attack against the person who applies the technique—the 取り tori, also referred to as (投げ nage (when applying a throwing technique), who neutralises this attack with an aikido technique.
Both halves of the technique, that of uke and that of tori, are considered essential to aikido training.Both are studying aikido principles of blending and adaptation. Tori learns to blend with and control attacking energy, while uke learns to become calm and flexible in the disadvantageous, off-balance positions in which tori places him. This “receiving” of the technique is called ukemi.Uke continuously seeks to regain balance and cover vulnerabilities (e.g., an exposed side), while tori uses position and timing to keep uke off-balance and vulnerable. In more advanced training, uke may apply reversal techniques (kaeshi-waza) to regain balance and pin or throw tori.
Classes are held at:
The Old Scout Hall, York Park
Morea, Lower Hutt
Training times are:
Weapons: Monday 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Taijitsu: Tuesday, Thursday 7:00pm – 8:30pm
General: Sunday 10:00am – 11:30am
Costs: $40 per month
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