“Aikido has more to do with Gathering and less to do with Throwing away”
That was a facebook update quote from Chicko Sensei, from the Fudoshin dojo in Noosa a few months back. Over the years we have had occasion to practice at sensei’s dojo and he was kind enough to visit us as well, he are some written up
See Takeda Satoshi Seminar report 2010 and Chicko Sensei visits the Republic
More recently good friend of the dojo Craig Boyd, “Big Rock” sensei caught up with good friend of the dojo Chicko Sensei for practice. He was kind enough to pass on these impressions
Aikido @ Noosa- Road trip
Sensei Thom Hansen and myself went to train with Sensei Chico Xerri at his Noosa dojo on Saturday – If any seniors student has considered doing this and hasn’t been as yet, then I guess , if it makes you feel better I’m happy to tell you it was just OK ………. and you best stop reading now.
This was my second visit to train with Sensei Chico at his Dojo, The class ( like my first) was extremely enlightening and he and his students always make you feel most welcome and are always ready to help you grasp the lesson being taught rather than just getting bogged down in the technical aspects of the technique, and for good reason. Sensei runs his lessons at a frantic pace so no time to have worry about anything except what he was teaching, and there was so much there, so the lessons he was imparting are just starting to come into focus now 2 days later..
- Yokomen- lesson 1 enter blend and cut the hand ( nicely demoed with a bokken) – no collision just a new option for blending, he wasn’t to hung up on what technique you do from this, he showed about 4, he was imparting a philosophy of ” do what feels right at the time” with this entry
- Yokomen- lesson 2- enter deeply , stepping deeply and past the attack to avoid the strike , and move to an in close position past Uke’s centre line, then put uke back on your line and execute techniques- a good way to develop this was to do sankyo on the non attacking hand- there was a great technique I will be demonstrating to a few either fortunate or unfortunate people from this position it ends with a leg lock!- this position also lead into a “no technique” technique of pure Irimi – awesome stuff!
- Ryotemochi– we explored a now reoccurring theme of every art I train or have dabbled in, of getting Uke off line by you just moving your centre and breaking their balance, from there a throw was easily executed once you cut their centre or project through it- Sensei managed to make this look easy and moved probably no more than and inch or 2 – sadly I had to move the width of a Tatami to be able to get the lead and the feeling anywhere near to make it effective.
I’m sure there was way more to it than that, and now I’m wondering was lesson 1 just explanation for lesson 2???? But it was a fast paced class that had a lot of training and a lot of aikido lessons, so if Sensei Thom Hanson wants to remind me of the ones I missed or forgot please let me know. I will defiantly be heading up to Noosa on a Saturday morning again though, to train.
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Sensei Chicko is AWESOME!! If you want to lose your mind and come back to Aiki his classes are wonderful to build the aiki feeling and body memory of the movement. Highly recommend!!! BTW visit to the beach after classes is a great way to end a morning of training 🙂