Internal Strength: How we got started

internal strength aikidoIts about a decade ago since Andrew Sunter and I dropped by the Aikido Yuishinkai headquarters for Kansai (See Budo Bums in Japan). While we were there Okajima Sensei showed us some ‘other budo’ that in time was revealed to us through Aikido Yuishinkai. Dial forward a few years and the material was presented in Australia, fortunately Catherine Schnell captured the moment and we practiced these exercise for the next 4 months as our warmups and the teaching began to reveal themselves. Over time the connection between these and the internal strength movement became clear (see getting an internal strength baseline) as we plod along

You can see the Okajima Sensei’s exercises here along with the back story http://internalstrength.aikidorepublic.com/Home/c-foundational-practice

This week is Mike’s last download of the Hawaii seminar on Sunday, the week after are some Dan gradings and after that Steve Seymour Sensei has kindly agreed to give us a report card.

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