Wednesday, December 31, 2008
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The instructors could definitely use some extra uke help. Little experience is needed so this is a wonderful opportunity for anyone in the dojo, regardless of rank, to be in involved in a community service project.
If you can help, please call Mike Lewis as soon as possible at 325-2474 (office), 624-2531 (home), and cell 943-9433.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Q: How many kokyu nages can you think of in response to a yokomen attack?
A: 1? 5? 10? 15? (At Open Mat on Sunday we found 14.)
What is a kokyu nage? From Aikiweb wiki (see http://www.aikiweb.com/wiki/Kokyu_nage):
Kokyu-nage, or "breath throws" are a seemingly very broad and ambiguous class of throws. They range from virtually no-touch techniques to what can appear to be "body slams." Some techniques, such as those termed iriminage and hiji-ate nage in many styles, are referred to as types of kokyunage by other styles.
A few theories exist on what makes a kokyu-nage a kokyu-nage, and do not necessarily contradict one another:
- Techniques that should be done in a flowing fashion, "in one breath."
- Techniques where uke's energy continues uninterrupted.
- Kokyu as timing or the flow of energy: thus, not depending upon joint manipulations but upon subtler timing and control of uke's attention.
- Techniques where uke seems to be thrown with nothing more than "a breath."
In tonight's 7:00 pm class we will explore several of the many kokyu nage options available in response to yokomen.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Join us for breakfast afterwards at The Liberty on Winton Road. Hope to see you there!
Monday, December 15, 2008
Friday, December 12, 2008
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Sunday, November 30, 2008
Next Saturday, December 6, is a regional practice at 10 am. Hope that you can join us.
Note: Parking may be fun on Saturday as there is an auction down the hall from us at the Concept Grove wood shop.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Question: How do ki development exercises relate to technique?
1. Choose a ki development exercise.
2. Lead the class in the ki development exercise you choose.
3. Demonstrate a throw/technique that illustrates the ki exercise you choose.
4. Have class practice in pairs the technique you demonstrated while you coach.
Homework was due last night and I’m pleased to say it was a great success!
6 different ki exercises were demonstrated ranging from the more commonly known kotegaeshi undo and tenkan undo to the more exotic zanshin undo and gokyo undo.
Here a run down of the ki exercises that were demonstrated:
tekubi kosa undo
katate ryote tori kaitennage
Tekubi kosa undo has two versions:
ushiro tekubi tori kokyunage line throw
3rd kyu test requirement
ushiro kata kotegaeshi
grab side of shoulders from behind
shomenuchi kokyunage line throw
katate tori kaitennage
same side wrist grab, 4th kyu test requirement
cross hand grab
Techniques often incorporate more than one ki exercise, for example:
Brad’s katate tori kaitennage included not only tenkan undo but funekogi undo and udemawashi undo.
Dave’s shomenuchi kokyunage line throw included gokyo undo as well as shomenuchi undo and zanshin undo.
Rick’s katate ryote tori kaitennage incorporated tekubi kosa undo as well as udemawashi undo and funekogi undo.
Our main web site has some QuickTime videos that illustrate 12 ki exercises: http://bodymindandmodem.com/KiEx/KiEx.html
Thank you to all for your enthusiastic participation!
Sunday, November 23, 2008
Just in time for the Turkeys, a little sword work for the Monday 8pm class. And for those post turkey family squabbles, some weapons of opportunity will be afoot, too.
For Marcella's 7pm class, come see if the blackbelts did their homework assignments from last week.
Don't forget, check the calendar for class times this week. No class on Thursday.
Happy Thanksgiving. And my greatest sympathy for those subjected to Tofurkey this year. Out thoughts and prayers are with you. :)
Sunday, November 16, 2008
Also, please congratulate our new orange belts and our newest 3rd kyu student. Testing was this past Saturday. Thanks to all who came to help our students advance.
Sunday, November 9, 2008
See you there.
Oh, by the way, if you were wondering who won the throwing for distance contest, we'll, too bad, you should have come! :)
Saturday, November 1, 2008
Monday, October 27, 2008
THIS IS A
Come join us as we celebrate 25 years of practice in
Rochester! We would like to welcome current & former members to
catch up with fellow aikidoka that you may not have seen in awhile.
New to Aikido? We want to meet you too!
The format for the Open House will be OPEN MAT and an
informal reception. Come whether you're interested in just catching
up or slamming on old friend on the mat. If you can't find that old
Gi, sweats are just fine.
As a thank you to our new, current, and
once-and-future students for attending, we will have a massage
therapist on site to help you work out some of the kinks. Light
refreshments will be served.
Cumberland Street (2nd
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Don't forget, Wednesday the 29th at 6:30 we are having an open house to welcome both newly interested students as well as old friends. Come say hello. There will be open mat if you wish to play, a massage therapist, and, of course, refreshments.
See you there!
Costumes optional (really, no one is dressing up, honest, but there will be Candy and some candy)
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Remember Sergei? He is now practicing in Los Alamos, NM. Sergei was in Rochester for two days at a conference and stopped in Tuesday night to practice. He will be back on Wednesday night. If you have time, please stop in and say hi. His aikido has grown wonderfully and he is a fun uke.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
For many of the students this will be their first visit to our dojo, let's help Bob to make them feel welcome, please come and practice if you can!
For more information please contact Bob Martini at 585-507-7730.
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 12, 2008
Thursday, October 2, 2008
also, please save this date, on Wednesday, October 29th, we will be holding an OPEN HOUSE from 6:30pm to 9:00pm.
we are seeking volunteers from active and current dojo members to help set up and promote this event which will have a Halloween theme.
the format of the Open House will be informal, we will not have regular classes that day but instead have an Open Mat like we do on Sundays.
please be sure to invite all your friends, relatives and acquaintances.
light refreshments will be served and we are planning to have a massage therapist present to help work the kinks out
additional details to follow.
Sunday, September 28, 2008
Monday, September 22, 2008
Sunday, September 21, 2008
Sunday, September 14, 2008
See you at 8!
Friday, September 5, 2008
CECELIA RICCIOTTI SENSEI, 7th Dan
Head Instructor, Philadelphia Aikido
Saturday, September 20, 2008
at Our Very Own Rochester Dojo
First Class: 10:15 am – 12:30 pm
Lunch: 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Catered Lunch at Dojo. Soft Drinks to be provided.
Second Class: 2:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Dinner with Cecelia Sensei : 7:00 pm
Restaurant to be determined.
Fees: Includes Lunch, $25 per session or $40 for both (Best Value).
Spouse, additional family member or student: Only $15 per session.
No splitting or sharing of classes.
PRE-REGISTER using Sign-Up Form by Attendance Sheet.
Make checks Payable to Aikido Kokikai of Rochester. CASH accepted. Please pay Bob Martini directly.
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Just a reminder to save Saturday, September 20 for aikido. Cecelia Ricciotti Sensei, 7th dan, will be giving a one day workshop then. She will also work with Kokikai black belts on Sunday morning. Watch for signs in the dojo and please plan to attend.
Friday, August 29, 2008
All the regional Dojos (Rochester, UofR, RIT) were well represented for Paul Gardner Sensei's first testing at his new Dojo. It was a pleasure to share in the growth of Kokikai.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Friday, August 22, 2008
Tuesday, August 19, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
- September 13, Saturday, 9am - Testing in Kids Class. A group of about 12 children will be testing. We need both ukes and loud cheering from the audience. Please plan to attend.
- September 18, Thursday, 7 pm - Andrew Sackett will be testing for 3rd kyu. Please come uke and cheer for Andrew.
- September 20 - Cecelia Ricciotti Sensei of Philadelphia Aikido will give a special workshop in our dojo that everyone is welcome to attend. Watch this blog and our dojo bulletin board for more information.
Monday (8/18) night's 8pm class will focus on dealing with multiple attackers.
Sunday, August 10, 2008
Friday, August 1, 2008
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Brian Martens - Sandan
Candace Martens - Nidan
Robert Martini - Nidan
David Laber - Shodan (Eastern Skies Dojo)
Anne Marshall - 2nd kyu
Robert Cotter - 2nd kyu
Brad Dingman - 2nd kyu
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
Please see Rick Packard for more details on the program.
Special thanks to Bob Martini for making it possible and Brian Martens for taking charge of the idea of a demo team and organizing everyone.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Aikidoka: Demo participants see Brian for the Fair admission and parking passes. Practice will be this Thursday night. There will be changing rooms, but there is also plenty of space behind the curtains in our area.
Fair schedule for Thursday
Where to go:
Parking will be tough, try carpooling and getting there early.
Sunday, June 29, 2008
- Friday, July 4
- Thursday, July 10
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
SEMINAR WITH GARY SNYDER SENSEI,
6th Dan Head Instructor, Aikido Kokikai of NYC
Saturday, June 28, 2008 at Our Very Own Rochester Dojo
First Class: 10:15 am – 12:30 pm
Lunch: 1:00 pm – 2:00/3:00 pm
Options: Brown Bag it at Dojo. Soft Drinks to be provided.
Or eat out @ Village Gate Square, 274 N Goodman St, Rochester
Open Mat: 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Second Class: 3:30 pm – 5:30 pm
Pot Luck Dinner: 7:00 pm til ?? at the home of Paul Gardner and Rosemary Pleninger
If you will be attending the Pot Luck Dinner, please contact Alan Tamayo to confirm head count and please bring a dish (vegetarian or non-vegetarian) or beverage (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) to share.
Fees: $20 per session or $30 for both (Best Value).
No Fee for Open Mat
Spouse, additional family member or student: Only $10 per session.
No splitting or sharing of classes.
PRE-REGISTER with Alan Tamayo or Bob Martini or use Sign-Up Form by Attendance Sheet.
Make checks Payable to Aikido Kokikai of Rochester (CASH also accepted.)
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Friday, June 20, 2008
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
Monday, June 16, 2008
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Monday, June 9, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
Registration forms are in the dojo. We can also email you a form. There is a discount on registration if you send in your deposit before June 20.
If you have any questions, just ask any instructor. They have all attended camp many times and can help you.
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
- Tuesday, June 10, there will be a black belt meeting at 8 pm.
- Thursday, June 19, there will be testing at 7 pm.
- Saturday, June 28, Gary Snyder will be in Rochester and will teach in the morning and afternoon.
Be sure to watch the bulletin boards at the dojo as well as this blog in the coming month for more information.
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Sunday, May 18, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
All students are welcome to participate in test prep; however focus will be on the test candidates.
Test prep is not mandatory but it’s a good challenge whether you are testing or not and most importantly it does take a village/dojo to raise a brown/black belt.
Come uke, run a video camera/stop watch or simply cheer from the sidelines.
- Week 1 – Set the baseline for fitness and technique – Class will be co-taught by Marcella and Brian and will run from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, more details to follow.
- Week 2-Week 5 – 7:00 pm and 8:00 pm classes will focus on various aspects of testing: goal setting, techniques-quality v. quantity, presence, signature throws, etc.
- Week 6 – Re-visit the baseline for fitness and technique – Class will be co-taught by Marcella and Brian and will run from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm, more details to follow.
Questions, see Marcella or Brian.
Do you have questions? Would you like individual attention to help with a technique? Then mornings are for you! Our small classes allow us the flexibility to adjust to what you need. The 6:30(or 7) to 8 am classes provide the time and allow for individual attention difficult to obtain in a large class.
Our Monday and Friday classes focus on a chosen ki exercise or attack and applying it to various techniques while exploring how this can benefit you.
This Friday, May 16th we will explore ude furi undo (airplane spin).
On Monday, May 19th we will play with yokomen hantai (backhand)
and what opportunities this attack presents.
Then on Friday, May 23rd we will examine tenkan and its various
uses throughout several techniques.
Saturday, May 10, 2008
On Saturday, May 17, we will be having another regional practice. Eastern Sky Dojo and RIT will be joining us for a special expanded Saturday class. Class will begin at 10:15 and go until noon.
It is YOUR participation that makes these regional practices work. Please come!
Friday, May 9, 2008
Tuesday, May 6, 2008
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Please try to find a clean item, for example, wash the dirt off the shovel before bringing it in. Lets keep the mat clean (and intact).
Thursday, April 24, 2008
On Sunday, April 20, 2008, our dojo put on its first demo in quite some time. The occasion was Asian Heritage Family Day and it took place in the Bausch and Lomb Room of the Memorial Art Gallery in front of a full house, standing room only audience. The demo was led and coordinated by Brian Martens. Participants included a wide cross section of fellow members, Alex and Karl Sarkozy, Bobby Stearns, Ana Ka, Andrew Sackett, Marcella Mosher, Bob Martini, Bob Cotter, Candy Martens, Brett Porter, Steve Perino, Rick Packard, Ann Marshall and Dana Essom.
Highlights of the demo included a Jo Kata, a Two-Person against One attack/Randori, and Nikyo throws. The demo was also interactive, giving the audience a chance to test the Unbendable Arm Ki exercise The demo was both entertaining and informative.The demo performance showed that Aikido can be practiced by people of all types: Men and women, big and small, young and old.
I look forward to the next demo which is scheduled during the Monroe County Fair - July 9-13, 2008. If you are interested in participating , please see Brian or Bob Martini.
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Gary is a sixth dan and head instructor of Aikido Kokikai of NYC. Our dojo has a special relationship with Gary's dojo. Some of our students have continued their practice with Gary upon moving to NYC or commuting there for work. Gary has visited us in the past when business has brought him near Rochester.
We are excited that an opportunity has presented itself again for Gary to teach in our dojo.
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
It is YOUR participation that makes these regional practices work. Please come!
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
If you have any questions please see Candy or reply to this post.
Wednesday, April 2, 2008
Please see Brian Martens or Bob Martini, or reply to this post.
Monday, March 31, 2008
Tuesday, March 25, 2008
Monday, March 24, 2008
Wednesday, March 19, 2008
Tuesday, March 18, 2008
Way to go Rob!!!
Wednesday, March 12, 2008
Mike's mind body will cover some basic Shiatsu technique and simple applications for the head and shoulder region as well as some self shiatsu (no partner needed).
Monday, March 10, 2008
Winter Camp 2008 is complete. A good group of people from Rochester attended and Sensei was at his best. On Saturday, March 15, we will have a special focus in the 10 am class on material from Camp.
Congratulations to all who tested:
Thursday, March 6, 2008
Tuesday, March 4, 2008
Sunday, March 2, 2008
Black, Brown, and Summer Camp Brown belt candidates only.
Monday March 24th at 8pm
(Bonus trivia: learn the link to the evil bunny!)
Monday, February 18, 2008
Here is some info that will help you follow the updates:
The team will divide and take three routes Two will start on Feb. 25 (Rongai from the North side led by Gary Fallesen of Climbing for Christ, Lemosho from the West led by Rick French of Pack Paddle Ski) and Carroll will be in the third group that will take Macheme from the South . Macheme will merge with Lemosho after about the 3rd day. All 3 reach the summit on dawn of Mar 2nd and finish the descent on Mar 3rd.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 7, 2008
Princeton Y March 19 - for more information contact Dan McDougall: DMCD1629@aol.com
Aikido Kokikai of NYC March 20 - for more information contact Gary Snyder: email@example.com
White through Blue Belt Seminars March 22, 23 for more information contact Nancy Demasi: Nancy.Demasi@ironmountain.com
Rutgers March 26 for more information contact Judy Minot: firstname.lastname@example.org
Senior Seminars March 29, 30 for more information contact Nancy Demasi: Nancy.Demasi@ironmountain.com
Sunday, February 3, 2008
Monday 2/4 at 8pm
Monday 2/18 at 8pm
Sunday open mat will be test centric all month
Mondays at 6pm Judy will be doing weapons kata
Mondays at 7pm Marcella will continue her rondori format and offer extra focus on test candidates.
More details to follow...
Rochester students truly stand out at camp because of you.
Saturday, February 2, 2008
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Here is the schedule:
- Monday, February 11 - Jo kata I
- Monday, February 18 - Jo kata II
- Monday, February 25 - Boken kata I
- Monday, March 3 - Boken kata II
Sunday, January 27, 2008
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
This Thursday night (1/24) at the 8pm class, Candy will be focusing on the (in)famous EVIL BUNNY! Straight to you from Caerbannog, Brittain.
Monday, January 21, 2008
If you know of a place where a flyer about our dojo might draw interest in new members, please take a flyer and ask permission to post it. Be creative - bulletins boards at work, church, and in your community are possibilities.
Look for the business cards and the flyers on the counter where you check in your class attendance.
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Our dojo will have a number of people testing at Camp. Please plan to come down and uke and cheer for them. Also, it is a chance to meet other members of Kokikai from around the world and, most importantly, to see Maruyama Sensei in action.
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
In February we will have a 'testing night' on Thursday, February 28. (We will still do a morning test on Friday if needed).
The following students are invited to test that evening at either the 5:45pm, 7pm or 8 pm class.
Please mark your calendars and plan to come cheer these students on and help uke for them!