Koshi waza, Aaron Clark, tori & Carl Bilodeau, uke 


 John Song,tori and Jacob Baron-Taltre,uke
Aikido as practiced in the Jiyushinkai stresses systematic explanation and understanding of principle along with the practice of kihon dosa (basic principle movements) in sotai kata renshu (two person kata) and then the application of these basics in randori. We use the kata training methods of Tomiki Sensei, however, we do not take part in the sport or kyogi aikido which the mainstream Tomiki groups practice.

Jiyushin randori consists of one person attacking (setting up a real conflict with sincere commitment and strong intent) and if the answering technique is not successful then countering techniques (brought about through intuitive, creative decision making processes) are made by each person until a technique happens that cannot be countered. This practice is initially done in slow motion with strong intent. It is essential that excessive force and speed are not the deciding factors in the success of the techniques.

 Kubi guruma from Owaza Jupon
Large, fast, and strong people should not rely on these assets because there is always someone bigger, faster, and stronger. We know that we are all less capable of strong athletic skills as we grow older. We must practice principles that do not require great strength and acrobatic skills while we are young in order to attain the skill necessary to overcome hardness with softness when we are older. Quality kata and randori practice leads us to the true essence of Ueshiba Morihei's concept of Takemusu Aiki (the never ending flow of creative aikido that is appropriate for this instant).

wakigatame, A. Clark, tori & K. Slatoff, uke   Gedan ate, Jen Boute, tori & Brian LeBlanc, uke

Waki gatame and gedan ate during annual gasshuku at the Jiyushinkan

"ude gaeshi" C. James, uke   "koshi otoshi"

Jennifer Boute "nails" her uke to the mat and Keith Slatoff catches Aaron Clark with koshi waza
Aaron Clark & Keith Slatoff  
Shomen ate and Amanda Fowler helps David Martin into the air with hiji guruma in Dallas
Ed Aceves & Andrew Ferranti  Andrew Ferranti & Ed Aceves
Maeotoshi and a koshi waza in the Aishinkan Dojo

Yoko Sato & Aaron Clark    Aaron Clark, tori & Keith Slatoff, uke
A "shomen ate'"for Aaron by Yoko Sato and
Keith Slatoff's "floating ukemi" soaks lots of force from Aaron's Oshi Taoshi

"Ichi Go Ichi E"

One chance - one encounter or right here and this instant...
make up your mind and then actualize your decision with action.
Be responsible for the action and learn from the outcome.
Don't hesitate!

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