Welcome Letter

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Your Body
Attire
Observation
Gravity and Grounding
Speed, Timing, Breathing
Extension
Congruity and Training
Uke-Nage Relationship
Cycles
Commitment
The Dojo
Our Relationship
Other Instructors,
Students, and Arts
Deciding to Leave
Expectations

Reference

Dojo Etiquette
Fundamentals
Helpful Phrases
Aikido Ranks
Basic Counting
Glossary
Bibliography

Acknowledgements

Fundamentals

Customs/Courtesies

  • Read copy of "Dojo Etiquette"
  • Seiza: formal sitting posture
  • Formal bow
  • Standing bow
  • Meditation before class
  • Care of gi, weapons, and people
  • Common Japanese words

Tai Sabaki (Body Movement)

  • Hanmi (triangular stance)
  • changing hanmi (left-right)
  • Tai no henko (paired, static)
  • Tai no henko (ki flow)
  • Irimi: principle of entering
  • Tenkan: principle of turning
  • Shiko: samurai walk

Ukemi (Falling and Rolling)

  • Sitting--back roll
  • Squatting--back roll
  • Standing--back roll
  • Walking--back roll
  • Walking, turning --back roll
  • Sitting--back roll to seiza
  • Sitting--back roll to kneeling
  • Sitting--back roll to standing
  • Forward roll--from seiza
  • Forward roll--from kneeling
  • Forward roll--from standing
  • Side fall--stationary
  • Side fall-- squatting
  • Side fall-- standing

Exercises

  • Wrist stretches
  • Rowing (breath extension)
  • Ikkyo (breath extension)
  • Two-step Tai no henko (solo)
  • Kokyunage stretch
  • Shihonage stretch
  • Back stretch

Special Practices

  • Breathing Kokyudosa
  • Energy arm (extension)
  • Centering/Base
  • Proper method of holding
  • Striking--shomen uchi
  • Striking--yokomen uchi
  • Striking--munetsuki
  • Ki development exercises

Tai Jitsu (body arts)

  • Katate dori shihonage (irimi)
  • Katate dori shihonage (tenkan)
  • Shomen uchi ikkyo (irimi)
  • Shomen uchi ikkyo (tenkan)
  • Shomen uchi iriminage
  • Suwari waza shomen uchi ikkyo
  • Ikkyo pin
  • Nikkyo pin
  • Sankyo pin

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