Well of course it has to be Star Wars!
Everyone at Inaka dojo and the Brookside class and their families are invited to join us this coming Sunday morning, Dec 24 to watch this blockbuster, originally infused with much wisdom from warrior and mystical traditions right here on Earth, and in particular from Japan and the Samurai.
The movie starts at 10 am, so let’s meet in front of the Reading Cinema, inside Melton’s Woodgrove shopping centre at 9.45.
Tickets are $10 each.
After the movie, we are likely to go have lunch together nearby, so come and join us for this casual social event.
2017 could easily be called “The Year of the Teenager” in our dojo’s twelve year history.
More than ever before, we have had a cohort of keen adolescents join up and decide they really like Aikido and tomorrow night is going to be their first grading night – I think ‘Recognition Ceremony’ is a better word for it, as people who present have already proven their dedication and prowess in the lead up to the night.
I have approved them to proceed onto stage and am sure they are meeting the criteria for their level.
Christian, Benedict and Neil (Onel) will be demonstrating Shokyu (novice level) in Mind / Body Unity and 5th kyu in Ki Aikido.
And Sten (one of the older, dignified gentlemen) will be going for his Chukyu level in Mind / Body Unity and 3rd kyu in Ki Aikido. 3rd Kyu is often one of the more technically demanding gradings as there are many joint immobilisations and pins, and Sten has had to practise them over and over with feedback from me, Richard & Mark Sempai’s.
All family and friends are welcome to come along and take pictures and celebrate their progress.
Unlike the photo above however, coloured belts are only given to children in Aikido for motivation… Belt colour comes from a white belt becoming greyer through hard work over time until one completes their journeymanship and is awarded a black belt.
Gradings will be taking place on the last training day of the year, December 19.
That means it’s time to start intensive practice!
Treat each and every class as if you were going for the grading that day.
Students will be given their progress sheets, which break down all the criteria I will be using to assess your performance. You need to come to as many classes as possible and get all those criteria ticked off before being allowed to perform on the day – that way you and I and your uke will know that you are competent enough.
This term, Brookside College invited me in to conduct an initial 5 week program for some of their students in years 4,5 & 6.
I’ve just gotten all the responses back and we will be continuing the program in Term 4 with ALL students back on the mat! We’d also like several more Brookside students to join us.
The eight children were very excited to practise evading my wooden sword strokes in an imaginative game, rocking and rolling on the mats and of course, learning how to blend with attacks and lead their partners off balance and to the floor.
There is an alternative to fight or flight! Aikido is active and assertive, insisting on harmony. The more one practices, the less there is need to use force or violence to protect oneself.
What’s more, they learnt how to calm and focus their minds at their “One Points” (at the very bottom of the abdomen) and their partners applied pressure tests to make sure they were doing it properly.
When the mind is focussed in this way, we return to our natural state where mind and body are one.
Not only is it an essential human learning for a life of calmness and resilience, it also makes our bodies very balanced and solid! Aikido’s power comes from being in this state.
Due to the growth of our dojo population, we are going to be having an extra class each week on Thursday night, 6.30 – 8.00pm.
This class will be aimed at fundamental practice, making it ideal for beginners, although all levels are welcome.
Topics that we will be looking at:
- The Principles of Mind & Body Unity
- The Principles of Aikido – Both Throwing & Receiving Techniques Safely
- Ki in Daily Life
- Ki Meditation & Ki Breathing
Ki Aikido with Michael Geisner…..
Why do Ki Aikido with me – Michael Geisner?
People do Ki Aikido because it is a unique martial art.
It’s not another “punch & kick” style like Karate or Tae Kwon Do. Instead of trading blows, we learn how to get out of the way, take control of an attack and bring a swift end to the conflict without being aggressive or violent.
It’s not a sport. Aikido is done in a co-operative way – we provide each other challenges, but it’s all done in the sense of making each other better.
It’s a way to protect yourself without relying on strength, aggression and violence.
Instead, we learn to be calm and focussed and use our body properly and learn correct techniques.
It’s great for all people because they can be effective no matter what their size, age, personality.
I have taught 5 year olds how to hold me down on the ground and I can’t get up. (and I’m an average size adult male)
We also learn a lot about our minds and bodies – we learn meditation, breathing, movement skills and great posture. It’s about a healthy, harmonious way of life.
The harmonious strategies people learn in Ki Aikido impacts their lives. I’ve taught people in high stress, conflict ridden jobs, people who want a happier outlook on life, kids who are being bullied…
Everybody has conflict in their lives and Aikido can help them learn how to respond in a much better way.
Becoming a more violent person is not the answer. Being more confident and harmonious is!
This photo says it all.
Feeling too nippy outside, haven’t had that second coffee, feeling a bit blue, tough day at the office?
Apart from having a contagious condition, there are rarely any reasons that aren’t somewhere on the excuse spectrum.
If you want to excel at anything, you can’t afford to put up with your own excuses.
People respect those who swim upstream to achieve results.
Think senior students, Senseis and masters don’t have to contend with similar issues as you?
Remember this warrior’s example and get yourself to the dojo.
Nimen hao from Taiwan, everyone!
Firstly, thank you all for your patience for the past three weeks while I spent time with Mai & Kay & Eva in Kyoto & Taiwan.
I’ll be back in Melbourne for Monday class at Kawazoi dojo from 7.30 to 9.30 and then children and adults classes as normal on Tuesday & Thursday from 5.15 to 6.45, 6.45 to 8.15 respectively at Inaka dojo.
We fitted in so much, and I was able to see Kay graduate from junior high and be there for Mai’s 19th birthday. The Japan leg of the trip was more about spending time to just BE with the kids. Nothing big to write about, but personally very important.
However, Taiwan is where we really cut loose! (much cheaper than Japan and definitely cheaper than Australia.)
Round the clock face stuffing at markets, which are everywhere, zipping around on scooters, playing chicken when crossing the road on foot, praying in ornate Taoist temples with incense laden air, discovering repressed shopaholic urges, mounting centuries old stone stairways lined with lanterns, taverns and stalls & taking in homegrown prog rock under the dark trees at night on the beach.
I haven’t processed it yet myself – just being in the relaxed flow.
See you all in the next few days!