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.

Register for Summer Camp fun!

Evan Bucy, Chief Kids/Teens Instructor, is offering a 5-day Budo skills summer intensive.  Participants will learn practical strategies to foresee, assess, and protect themselves before situations develop.  Daily activities include ukemi, waza, aiki body exercises, lots of group and partner work, and community building.  Introduction to weapons training – wooden staff, wooden sword, and wooden fan techniques and kata – teach focus, sustained concentration, confidence, and centering, all aspects that augment total Aikido body skills.  Students may expect to have serious fun.

The camp runs August 21 – 25, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm each day. Cost is $300.

Basic requirements: SSA students who are 8 years and up + yellow belt and up. Other SSA and non-SSA students by permission – ask Evan directly.

Register here!

Kids Summer Camp! August 21 – 25!

Bokken and Sword

Save the date! Evan’s offering a weapons day camp: Mon 8/21 – Fri 8/25, 9am-3pm, $300/student. Staff technique in the mornings & sword in the afternoons. Who: SSA students who are 8yo & up + yellow belt & up. Other SSA students by permission – ask Evan directly. Great intensive for teens to build on their kata from past summer camps.