..yeah, if you still wonder.. ikkyo, that’s what we have been doing most of the first session with Endo sensei!
..and actually only in omote version.. and it was already a break from what I had learnt and.. instructed in the last few years.. a little but important detail about the nad that goes to the elbow: the thumb must not encircle the arm but must be on the top, on the side of the other fingers, in order to avoid any kind of gripping of ukes arm..
Logic.. easy to picture.. but a lot to work on in order to get a real control of uke, arm, body, center, balance.. The good thing is that there were several older students of sensei a bit surprised too by this change (he had already talked about that in Finland). Many are now interest about gradution, how the technique must change. It is therefore very good that sensei has prepared an instruction DVD. More info are available at the email address:
Anyway, yesterday before the beginning of yudansha seminar I manged a total of 3 hours practice, the first 1.5 h in the morning before breakfast and next 1.5 h in the afternoon with Jorma……. and this session evoked those great feelings in practicing his soft way.. That’s why I stronlgy recommend people in Norway to join his and Jan’s seminars! First: Jorma @ Sunyata, Oslo – 9-11 March, 2007 :-D
By the way:
HUGE CONGRATULATIONS TO JAN NEVELIUS WHO HAS BEEN AWARDED 6.dan BY ENDO sensei !!!!!!!!!!!!!! ;-)
Practice sessions at yudansha seminar are of 1.5 hours, of quite high intensity and with 40-50 people on the mats of Vanadis dojo, you can be sure to get your amount of training! :-)
This morning session has been about soft contact, no techniques, just exploring and studying and feelnig what and WHY something happens, both in you and your partner body.. Extremely interesting, especially because 2 situations are never the same, like two snow flakes..
ki no nagare, the flowing of the ki, your energy, that especially happens in every Endo sensei technique.. One can almost see senseis ki flowing through the constant contact with his uke. Something too difficult to express by words.. even more difficult to practice the first time, maybe after several years of a more hard form of Aikido.. but when experienced thanks to good instructors or direct practice with sensei, it is a feeling you do not want to miss again..
Today break until 8 pm (they have a test graduation with Jan and Jorma), it is lightly snowing here in Stockholm and yesterday I have experienced again the funny “swedish restaurant closing time nightmare”: everything (almost) closed at 9 pm on weekdays, 10 pm for weekend! :-(
I wanted sushi, I got kebab.. :-D
Thanks to the big break today, I am going to get sushi a good time before practice starts again.. with the only risk to be starving again after practice.. ;-)