Adding a Class

Hardy-Braz Sensei is offering a Saturday morning class. If you are interested in training on Saturdays, whether as an extra opportunity to spend some time on the mat or as your first introduction to Aikido, class will start at 8:00 AM with stretching and conditioning, followed by weapons work and then open mat time.

Machete Fencing

Martial arts appear in different places and different forms. Here's one I had never hear of. It was featured on NPR recently. Machete fencing, a synthesis of African stick fighting and European fencing.

There's an organization dedicated to preserving and teaching this art, the Haitian Machete Fencing Project. The man teaching this are was Alfred Avril. He passed away this year, shortly after the films and interview was finished. Here's what he had to say about his art:
"It was never about striking hard, it was about a certain amount of flow. This is not karate." In fact, it's all about defense and Avril says so in the film: "I don't use this gift to kill people."

The Sundance Film Festival is going show a documentary this year.

New Mat Practice

We picked up a crash mat. Just the thing for older Aikidoka to practice sutemis on. It's like falling into water. Our inch and a half pads over concrete? Feels like falling on a tile floor by comparison. Here's an example of what you can do with a mat like this.

Shomenuchi Kokyunage Tenkan

Walked out the dojo last night after a class on the kokyunage we call the classic and felt like this.

O'Sensei 1957

From a private collection of 8mm films, here is O'Sensei teaching.