A big thankyou to Steve Seymour Sensei from Aikido Kenkyukai and Balmain dojo for his visit on the weekend. We were treated to a tour de force of Internal Strength as sensei shared from his current practice and further research into Internal Strength.
Its almost a year since we visited Seymour Sensei in Sydney to find out a bit more and embarked on the journey with our own study group. Internal strength allows us to see what is hidden in plain sight in our schools kata and exercises given to us by Okajima and Maruyama Sensei’s.
Unfamiliar and familiar teachings (like keeping elbows in and closing and seperating the shoulders and hips) were given context, purpose and a framework.
Sensei shared and reviewed the practices of the body work seminar fundamentals and extended on our knowledge to a deeper level with insights from other arts and utilised exercises from physical therapists to increase strength and flexability in our Kua and Body
It was great to see Dave Kolb Sensei from Bayside Budokai and Kim from Brisbane Aikikai too.
We appreciated much also his insights in how to continue this practice in an integrated way with the aikido arts and to know we are (more or less) on the path.
I think we got a B+ on the report card 😉 Many thanks Sensei for visiting, sharing you time and experiences