Road to 1st Kyu – Week 3 day 3

IMG_0357-1 Originally uploaded by markdeso Today, the last Saturday of the month, we have weapons class at our Aikido school. last month and this month we worked on a set of katas representing “Sho Chiku Bai”, or pine tree, bamboo, and plum blossom. The katas come from a series of sword work John Stevens Sensei…

Road to 1st Kyu – Week 3 day 2

Originally uploaded by markdeso Sensei worked with us on the ikkyo through yonkyo series last nite as well as koshi nage. Koshi nage is a throw similar to many Judo throws. We don’t practice this much in our dojo and so we started literally from the ground up. We did a falling practice, first slapping…

Road to 1st Kyu – Week 3 day 1

Week 3 day 1, yo! Originally uploaded by markdeso Friday I met with a physical therapist about my shoulder. I injured it around the 3rd week of November. I took a fall from a throw and rather than rolling out of it I came down straight on it. For about 4 or 5 days back…

Road to 1st Kyu – Week 2 Day 4 – Onegai shimasu

Originally uploaded by markdeso “The true martial way halts violence with virtue and love.” – Master Onisaburo to a young Morihei Ueshiba. Today we worked on test format techniques, starting with shomen uchi ikkyo both from standing and kneeling positions. Ikkyo, “technique number one” is usually one of the first techniques we learn when we…

Road to 1st Kyu – Week 2 Day 3

Originally uploaded by markdeso Attendance is up at the Dojo! We have 3 new students, two of which are brand new on the mat, and the other a Nidan. It’s always good to get fresh blood in the Dojo. I love the people I train with but we start to get used to each other,…

Road to 1st Kyu – Week 2 Day 2

Drivin home from the dojo. Originally uploaded by markdeso Today was a fun day at the Dojo. Charlie taught and we worked techniques from yokomen uchi. The techniques we worked were irimi nage, kote gaeshi, Kaiten nage, gokyo and shiho nage. Each attack lends to a different flavor of a technique. The yokomen uchi strike…

Road to 1st Kyu – Week 2 Day 1 – Aiki field trip

Gengo Sensei and meOriginally uploaded by markdeso Today I took my son to San Francisco to train with Stevan Gengo Sensei at Aikido of Noe Valley. Before my incredibly long period off the mat this was my home dojo. I love training with Steve as he is always offering an interesting perspective on Aikido. He…

Road to 1st Kyu – Week 1 Day 5

Originally uploaded by markdeso I was reading more from the book “A Life in Aikido” this morning. Early on in the book, O’ Sensei’s son Kisshomaru Ueshiba writes about O’ Sensei having a bit of a selfish and childish streak in him. I scratched my head about reading this and wondered for a bit why…

Road to 1st Kyu – Week 1 Day 4

Originally uploaded by markdeso We’ve been working on a few interesting themes lately at our Aikido school. Sensei has been working with the state of “la la land”, “neutral zone” and “embodiment”. I’m working on a more thorough post of these states that I will publish later but as a part of my process towards…