Sunday, November 30, 2008

Saturday is Regional Practice

Hi everyone - Hope that you had a wonderful Thanksgiving...

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

Happy Turkey Day

Just wanted to post a reminder that there will be no class either Thursday evening or Friday morning. Enjoy the time off with family and friends. Happy Holidays

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Ki Development Exercises

For the first time, I gave my Monday 7:00 pm class homework…

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:


Ki Exercise



Rick P.

tekubi kosa undo
(curl wrists up)

katate ryote tori kaitennage

Tekubi kosa undo has two versions:
-wrists curl & cross in front of one point
-wrists curl upward in front of solar plexus

Brian M.

zanshin undo

ushiro tekubi tori kokyunage line throw

3rd kyu test requirement

Bobby S.

kotegaeshi undo

ushiro kata kotegaeshi

grab side of shoulders from behind

Dave L.

gokyo undo

shomenuchi kokyunage line throw


Brad D.

tenkan undo

katate tori kaitennage

same side wrist grab, 4th kyu test requirement

Ann M.

udefuri undo

kosatori kokyunage

cross hand grab

Class observations:
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:

Thank you to all for your enthusiastic participation!


Sunday, November 23, 2008

It's Thanksgiving Week in Rochester

ok, it's actually all across the US, Rochester is really not THAT unique...

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

This week in Rochester

Monday night's 8pm class will focus on our demo skills. We have been working on several demo weapons katas, the multi-attacker exercise, and compliance techniques so the audience can see.

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.

3rd kyu

6th kyu

Sunday, November 9, 2008

This Monday...

... we'll be focusing on small techniques for tight spaces in the 8pm class. Attacks we'll be from shorter distances so they'll be faster/sooner.

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! :)

Reminder - Saturday Testing This Week!

Remember that we will be testing members on Saturday, November 15 during the 10 am class.

Please come and uke and cheer for:

Alex Sarkozy (3rd kyu)

Cyndi Lovejoy (6th kyu)
Jordan Bell (6th kyu)
Peter Veazie (6th kyu)

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Throwing for distance

Join us Monday at 8pm for Big Techniques. We'll be concentrating on large flow-y throws. Who will go home with the title of the farthest throw?

Next week we'll do small tight throws.