Pull silk – kuzushi on contact

How does a relaxed arm create kuzushi (breaking balance) on contact with uke? If your arm is relaxed, how do you move from center and affect uke? The answer is that it can’t, for most people. Muscular tension can do it, but it’s slow, lacks power, telegraphs intent, fatigues faster and there’s no clean connection with hara.

A better way? Pull silk. Read more about it in this post on our Budo Tanren Facebook page.

If you want to get some hands on and feel this unusual skill, drop by our Budo Tanren class on Thursday nights.

Happy New Year!

It’s been a really busy time at SSA with a lot of behind the scenes work by the board members and other volunteers. We hope our efforts will lead to a very exciting 2016!

Here are a few of the highlights coming up:

  • Nat McCully sensei will teach a Tendoryu Aikido class on Friday nights starting at 6:30 pm. Nat has trained extensively in Japan and is the only instructor in the US licensed to teach Tendoryu Aikido.
  • Sifu Bob Iden will teach a Tai Chi class on Wednesday nights starting at 8:00 pm. Bob has studied with Grandmaster William C C. Chen for over 25 years.
  • Kids Summer Camp in July!
  • New subfloor installation project in April.

We’ll post more later. In the meantime, thanks for all of your support!

Looking for Aiki in all the wrong places…

Read Chris Li’s Aikido Sangenkai blog entry, Finding Aiki – and Aikido – in Hawaii.

Chris’ blog is a great read. He is a professional translator and has trained in Japanese martial arts since 1981. He has actively been researching internal power and aiki which has lead him to retranslate many works within the context of these concepts. Some of these translations are published on his blog.

You might recognize some of the names mentioned in the article and the reference material. Yup, that’s our Bernie Lau, founder of Icho Ryu. Seattle School of Aikido is home to Icho Ryu hombu dojo, lead by Chief Instructor Neil Yamamoto.

Bernie trained with Koichi Tohei and became the first haole to train in aikido in Hawaii. His shodan and nidan certificates were awarded in Japan and signed by Morihei Ueshiba, the founder of aikido. Bernie played a significant part in Stanley Pranin’s research which conclusively showed that Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu was the parent art of Aikido, a fact long downplayed by the Aikikai. Bernie’s budo is ever changing and developing, sometimes by practical necessity, other times shaped by life events.

Meyer Goo was one of Bernie’s training partners and has had a pretty storied martial arts career himself. I’m told by friends that even at age 90, he’s a force to be reckoned with. His comments about Dan Harden are thought provoking and provocative. Some of us have met Dan and his power and aiki are undeniable.

Goo Sensei talking to Dan – “Thank you, I never thought that I would feel Ueshiba Sensei’s power again. What you are doing is very important.”

Wine World Warehouse

Wine World WarehouseIf you want to see the Northwest’s largest wine shop, go visit World Wine Warehouse.  23,000 square feet of bright, open space with a great view on sunny days.  Good selection (you can stock a lot of wine in that place!), cool amenities and great service.  I-5 and 45th.

Say hello to Lenny Rede, the guy in the cool suit who is the operations manager, aikidoka and occasional Icho Ryu mat pounder.