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JANUARY 2023 – ONLINE WORKSHOP

The first Online Workshop of 2023 with the Takemusu Aikido Online Dojo will explore the theme of…

“๐˜›๐˜ฐ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฆ ๐˜ˆ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฐ ๐˜ง๐˜ถ๐˜ญ๐˜ญ๐˜บ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ฎ๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฎ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฑ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ต ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฅ ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ.”

โ€” ๐˜”๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ช ๐˜œ๐˜ฆ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฃ๐˜ข

Aikido at its best is a constant invitation to enquire into our relationship to pressure and the resistance that is created in reaction to it. Our practice is an opportunity to open up to the possibility to be more responsive and less reactive, and allowing us access to non-resistance as a more functional and creative solution to problems and challenges as they arise in both our training and daily life.

Like Lewis Carroll’s White Rabbit we might ask: โ€œ๐˜ž๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ?โ€

โ€œ๐˜‰๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜จ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜ฏ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ,โ€ is the only reasonable response.

So where or, more importantly, what is the beginning?

We might notice that everything has a beginning. Our practice has a beginning – a formal bow. Each movement has a beginning – a kamae. Every sword cut has a beginning – a raise. We are constantly beginning. All. The. Time.

Our Martial Arts practice should constantly draw our attention back into our bodies – our feelings, our sensations, and our direct experience. It should be about waking up and moving toward freedom. Returning us back to our senses – standing on our own two feet, firmly rooted. It would be a shame to spend all our time training only to find ourselves falling deeper and deeper down the metaphorical rabbit hole, floating with no ground in sight and not knowing which way is up.

Our source, and our foundation, is ourselves. The ground that we seek is right at our feet. We begin there.

โ€œ๐˜›๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ง ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ข๐˜ต ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฏ๐˜ข๐˜ฃ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต ๐˜ฃ๐˜ฆ๐˜ต๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ, ๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ณ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ๐˜จ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ, ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ, ๐˜ฒ๐˜ถ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ, ๐˜ฐ๐˜ณ ๐˜ด๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ต๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ. ๐˜Œ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ. ๐˜Œ๐˜ท๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜บ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฆ๐˜น๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ต๐˜ด. ๐˜š๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฌ ๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ต๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฅ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜บ๐˜ฐ๐˜ถ๐˜ณ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ง.โ€

โ€” ๐˜”๐˜ช๐˜บ๐˜ข๐˜ฎ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฐ ๐˜”๐˜ถ๐˜ด๐˜ข๐˜ด๐˜ฉ๐˜ช

The workshop will explore these ideas and will weave in and out of the Takemusu Aikido Bukiwaza and Taijutsu systems, and explore the levels of Kihon to Ki no Nagare, with Kata and Jiyuwaza practices.

Register ๐—ก๐—ข๐—ช to secure your place:

โšซ SCHEDULE:

SATURDAY 28 JANUARY 2023

10:00 – 10:45 1st Class
11:00 – 11:45 2nd Class
12:00 – 12:45 3rd Class
12:45 – 01:00 Q&A + Discussion Period

All times are Central European Time CET

โšซ REQUIREMENTS:

All the training will be designed especially for solo home training.

Keep your weapons (Bokken + Jo, Tanto) close by and ideally you will need a minimum of 2m x 2m with a high ceiling for the practice.

โšซ ONLINE CONTENT:

The training will be recorded LIVE and available for you to review after the Workshop. This can be accessed through the YouTube Channel at:

โšซ INSTRUCTOR:

All classes will be led by Michael Ormerod, 3rd Dan Aikikai.

Michael Ormerod began his training in Aikido at the age of 15 in the UK. He has trained extensively throughout Europe and under taken an intensive training period in Japan under the guidance of Hiroki Nemoto Sensei (7th Dan) and training in the Founderโ€™s Dojo and Hombu Dojo. In 2016 he began a full time apprenticeship under his teacher Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros (6th Dan), training and teaching in the Takemusu Aikido Motril Dojo and attending international seminars as assistant. Michael has over 10 years of teaching experience, and in January 2018 he established Takemusu Aikido Orgiva, offering classes to children and adults. In 2019 Michael received the rank of Sandan (3rd Dan) from the Aikikai in Japan, Tokyo. Early 2020 saw the creation of the Takemusu Aikido Online Dojo, as a response to the Covid Pandemic โ€“ giving people the opportunity to continue their daily practice and the comfort of knowing that Aikido is just a click away under any circumstances.

โšซ MORE INFO:

๐—˜๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ถ๐—น: takemusuaikidoonline@gmail.com

๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜๐˜€๐—”๐—ฝ๐—ฝ: +34 621 23 18 82

๐—ช๐—ฒ๐—ฏ: www.aikidoonline.org

THE LINE – ๐—Ÿ๐—ฒ๐˜„๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—•๐—ฒ๐—ฟ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฑ๐—ผ ๐—ฑ๐—ฒ ๐—ค๐˜‚๐—ถ๐—ฟ๐—ผ๐˜€

โ€˜๐˜๐˜ง ๐˜ข ๐˜ฎ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ด๐˜ฆ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฉ ๐˜ข๐˜ฏ๐˜ฐ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ ๐˜ช๐˜ด ๐˜ธ๐˜ข๐˜ญ๐˜ฌ๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ค๐˜ข๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฑ๐˜ฆ๐˜ณ๐˜ค๐˜ฆ๐˜ช๐˜ท๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ฉ๐˜ช๐˜ค๐˜ฉ ๐˜ฅ๐˜ช๐˜ณ๐˜ฆ๐˜ค๐˜ต๐˜ช๐˜ฐ๐˜ฏ ๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ธ๐˜ช๐˜ญ๐˜ญ ๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ฌ๐˜ฆ.โ€™

This is the line between your center and that of your partner and represents his line of attack and hence the simplest spatial connection with him. This attack can take place directly along the line as in a shomen uchi attack or take place off the line as in a yokomen uchi (representative of straight or circular attacks in general).

We have three basic options in dealing with an attack directed at us along or around this line.

  1. We can move off the line of attack and triangulate a second line to his center directly and in the same timing as his attack (awase). A clear example of this is migi awase.
  2. We can stay on the line and โ€˜wedge’ into his attack. This is in fact a another triangulation but involves a smaller movement and contact with the attacking weapon. This is obviously what we do in go no awase.
  3. A third option which we can appreciate more in Jo thrusting attacks is to โ€˜wedge’ off the line as we receive the attack. This is the initial blending movement that takes place in the Kumijo number 2 and is a more subtle movement involving a tight circular blend that defects the incoming attack while returning us directly to our attackerโ€™s center line. The same โ€˜wedging back’ movement takes place in Kumijo 3, 4, and 5 but with different technical responses.

Understanding the dynamics of โ€˜line workโ€™ in the context of distance, angle and timing is critical in that these are the basic spatial and temporal parameters of any encounter and understanding them deeply allows the budoka to not only relate appropriately to an attack but also anticipate and read what is possible in a given situation and therefore control it before any attack takes place by either preempting or nullifying it, among other options.

Reflections on the Motril Intensive 2018 โ€“ Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros

TO LEARN MORE ABOUT TAKEMUSU AIKIDO AND OUR DAILY TRAINING EXPERIENCE VISIT THIS PAGE:

SCHEDULE – WEEK: JAN 23-28 2023

The Way is in training

โ€“ Miyamoto Musashi

The Takemusu Aikido Online Dojo Daily Training Experience is an in-depth exploration of the art of Aikido – and is an opportunity to go deeply into a modern embodiment practice, rooted in the Japanese Martial Tradition. The training is serious and demanding, but always carried out in a playful and joyful manner, designed to engage and challenge the beginner and seasoned practitioner of all levels. You will be guided in this journey with the help of detailed instruction โ€“ on a technical, feeling, and energetic level. The main challenge with the training is to โ€˜convertโ€™ the audio/ visual teachings into a kinaesthetic feeling-sensation in your own body-being. The most important thing is to allow yourself to listen more deeply to your own body and eventually, through your own efforts, become your own teacher!

The training weaves in and out of the Takemusu Bukiwaza and Taijutsu systems. The focus being on solo bodywork to help you gain a fuller understanding of the Principles that underpin Aikido: Relaxing, Grounding, Balancing, Connecting, Centering, Calming and essentially: Non-resistance.

Your first week is ๐—™๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—˜ with no obligation to continue.

Click here for more info:

THE SPIRIT OF BUDO

“We must keep the spirit of budo no matter how we practice.”

– Yoshimitsu Yamada

๐Ÿ™(1938-2023)

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๐Ÿ”ธ ๐——๐—”๐—œ๐—Ÿ๐—ฌ ๐—ง๐—ฅ๐—”๐—œ๐—ก๐—œ๐—ก๐—š:

We are a dedicated group of Aikido enthusiasts training in the Takemusu Aikido line, a traditional form of Aikido that was passed on from Morihei Ueshiba to the late Morihiro Saito (1928 โ€“ 2002). The philosophy of the Online Dojo is to create a space where we can share our practice wherever, whatever the current circumstances.

It is an opportunity to go deeply into a modern embodiment practice, rooted in the Japanese Martial Tradition and Culture. Whilst the training is serious and demanding, it is always carried out in a playful and joyful manner, designed to engage and challenge the beginner and seasoned practitioner of all levels.

Classes are led by Michael Ormerod, 3rd Dan Aikikai. Michael is a student of Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros, Shihan, 6th Dan Aikikai, Chairman of Traditional Aikido Europe and direct student of the late Morihiro Saito โ€“ 9th Dan Aikikai.

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๐Ÿ”ธ ๐—›๐—ข๐—ช ๐—œ๐—ง ๐—ช๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—ž๐—ฆ:

Each lesson is structured around a theme: beginning with a full body loosening and warmup routine, before moving onto solo weapons and bodywork training. Always moving from the simple to the complex; from the basics to the increasingly challenging advanced levels. All the training is tailored for solo home training, no partner necessary.

Classes take part via Zoom and are always live and interactive – questions always welcome!

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๐Ÿ”ธ ๐—ญ๐—ข๐—ข๐—  ๐— ๐—˜๐—˜๐—ง๐—œ๐—ก๐—š ๐—œ๐—ก๐—™๐—ข:

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/5385646359

Meeting ID: 538 564 6359

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๐Ÿ”ธ ๐—Ÿ๐—˜๐—”๐—ฅ๐—ก ๐— ๐—ข๐—ฅ๐—˜:

๐Ÿ”ฅwww.aikidoonline.org

SCHEDULE – WEEK: JAN 2-6 2023

“Everyone has a spirit that can be refined,

a body that can be trained in some manner,

a suitable path to follow.”

โ€“ Morihei Ueshiba

The Takemusu Aikido Online Dojo Daily Training Experience is an in-depth exploration of the art of Aikido – and is an opportunity to go deeply into a modern embodiment practice, rooted in the Japanese Martial Tradition. The training is serious and demanding, but always carried out in a playful and joyful manner, designed to engage and challenge the beginner and seasoned practitioner of all levels. You will be guided in this journey with the help of detailed instruction โ€“ on a technical, feeling, and energetic level. The main challenge with the training is to โ€˜convertโ€™ the audio/ visual teachings into a kinaesthetic feeling-sensation in your own body-being. The most important thing is to allow yourself to listen more deeply to your own body and eventually, through your own efforts, become your own teacher!

The training weaves in and out of the Takemusu Bukiwaza and Taijutsu systems. The focus being on solo bodywork to help you gain a fuller understanding of the Principles that underpin Aikido: Centering, Connecting, Blending, Harmonising, and essentially: Non-resistance.

Your first week is ๐—™๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—˜ with no obligation to continue.

Click here for more info:

NEW YEAR’S DAY – Misogi Challenge 2023

Join the TAKEMUSU AIKIDO ONLINE DOJO via Zoom for our NEW YEAR’S DAY Misogi Challenge 2023

The challenge is simple…

To complete a series of 1,000 Suburi on New Year’s Day.

Simple.

Not easy.

โ€œWe should think that we are cutting out the bad parts of ourselves, the bad parts of our character. Parts that we donโ€™t like. With every cut we go deeper. The aikido sword cuts in the correct way for people to follow and develop good character and spirit,โ€ฆ to become strong,โ€ฆ to help others to do the same. But first, we must work on ourselves!โ€

– Shoji Nishio Sensei

The practice is FREE and at no cost, you are only asked to bring your full presence of mind, body, and spirit…

… and a bokken!

Are you up for the challenge?

Find out more below.

๐Ÿ”ฅ Schedule:

This practice is open to everyone, all arts, associations, styles, levels, and abilities are welcome. The training will begin at the following time:

Sunday 1 January 2023

10:00 CET / 9:00 UK (UTC)

(Class length estimated to be 40 minutes)

You can convert to your local time zone using this page:

https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

๐Ÿ”ฅ Hereโ€™s what you need for the Challenge:

You will need a bokken (Japanese wooden sword). If you don’t have one then any stick about 100 cm long, like a broom handle, will be perfect.

Ideally, you will have a 2m x 2m space to train in – enough space to swing a stick!

It is recommended to take part outdoors in nature (a beach, a forest, a park, or your garden)

The practice will take place online via ๐—ญ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—บ. (The Meeting Room Number will be sent upon registration.)

The Misogi Challenge will be led by Michael Ormerod, Technical Director of the Takemusu Aikido Online Dojo and direct student of Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros.

Register now or continue reading below for more info about the Misogi Challenge.

๐Ÿ”ฅ What is Misogi?

Misogi is a traditional Japanese purification ritual, usually performed at special times of the year (alone or as small groups). Misogi translates as ‘water cleansing’ – and is a literal cleansing of the whole body, generally under an ice-cold waterfall in winter. It serves many functions and differs greatly from one group to group. The Founder of Aikido is known to have seen Aikido practice itself as an act of Misogi, the practice being one of cleansing, polishing, and forging the body and allowing the perceptive faculties to radiate freely unhinderedโ€ฆ

The only cure for materialism is the cleansing of the six senses (eyes, ears, nose, tongue, body, and mind). If the senses are clogged, one’s perception is stifled. The more it is stifled, the more contaminated the senses become. This creates disorder in the world, and that is the greatest evil of all. Polish the heart, free the six senses and let them function without obstruction, and your entire body and soul will glow.


– Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido

๐Ÿ”ฅ What is the point of the Misogi Challenge?

Any activity which is taken outside of the normal routine has the potential to generate lasting and effective change, or not. The power of it lies not in the act itself, but in the carry-over to our regular activities and beyond that to our daily life. Paradoxically, that effect can only happen if it is done with absolute sincerity and commitment to the present activity (in this case, each and every cut). The challenge is not about repetition, or even accumulation, but of removal and letting go of that which is unnecessary. Each swing of the sword requires less (not more) and that we release and surrender to the activity itself, tension literally won’t cut it.

We stand to gain nothing, but with a lot to lose!

“Misogi is usually carried out at the New Year to purge the vestiges of the old year and prepare for the new. These ceremonies are largely symbolic, their effects emotionally based and short-lived. To be effective, the process of withdrawal and clarification must be incorporated into regular training.”

If you enjoy the Challenge and would like to continue your practice, consider joining our Daily Training Experience.

Your first week is FREE with no obligation to continue.

Click here for more info:

๐Ÿ”ฅ Register Now!

Complete the form below to save your place at the NEW YEAR’S DAY Misogi Challenge 2023. Soon after completing the form, you will recieve all the necessary information to join.

Welcome to the Takemusu Aikido Online Dojo!

Early 2020 saw the creation of the Takemusu Aikido Online Dojo, as a response to the Covid Pandemic โ€“ giving people the opportunity to continue their daily practice. All classes are online, live, and interactive โ€“ taken as part of a group via Zoom Meetings. Our community is made of members from many different countries, all training in the spirit of sharing and learning together.


๐Ÿ”ฅ About Michael Ormerod:

Michael began his training in Aikido at the age of 15 in the UK. He has trained extensively throughout Europe and under taken an intensive training period in Japan under the guidance of Hiroki Nemoto Sensei (7th Dan) and training in the Founderโ€™s Dojo and Hombu Dojo. In 2016 he began a full time apprenticeship under his teacher Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros (6th Dan), training and teaching in the Takemusu Aikido Motril Dojo and attending international seminars as assistant. Michael has over 10 years of teaching experience, and in January 2018 he established Takemusu Aikido Orgiva, offering classes to children and adults. In 2019 Michael received the rank of Sandan (3rd Dan) from the Aikikai in Japan, Tokyo.

Michael also serves as technical support for Chet Valley Aikido (based in Norfolk, UK) which was established in September 2020.

“I was drawn to the ideal of cooperative learning rooted in training methods designed to โ€˜toughen the body, and polish the spiritโ€™, and practicing in an environment where only total concentration was enough. I am searching for a way of moving and interacting that is functional and effortlessly efficient โ€“ with the quality and feel of โ€˜liquid steelโ€™.

My motto for Aikido training is Samuel Beckettโ€™s:

Try Again. Fail Again. Fail Better.”

Check out this Interview with Michael conducted by two Online Dojo students, about the challenges of teaching and learning through an Online platform:

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4 WEEK AIKIDO ONLINE BASICS CLASSES

Join us for our 4 Week AIKIDO ONLINE BASICS CLASSES.

These beginnersโ€™ friendly classes are open to everyone, all abilities welcome.

This series of classes will focus on the KATA practices of the Jo (Japanese Wooden Staff). ‘Kata’ are linked sequential patterns of various lengths that help train not only a variety of movements, but are also excellent methods to train the energetic/ mental aspects of concentration and attention that are central to martial arts practice. 

We will specifically focus on the 31 Jo Kata, a practice taught by Morihei Ueshiba (the founder of Aikido) and codified by Saito Sensei. We will explore the kata in detail in a step-by-step method, and build up to the form in its entirety.

๐Ÿ”ฅ Class Schedule:

Each class will be a 60 minute exploration of the purpose of the weapon in relation to Aikido practice, the etiquette surrounding it, and the principles of integrating the weapon, body and mind.

There will be two time slots available to suit international time zones:

Thursday โ€“ 5 to 26 May โ€“ 12:00 to 13:00 CEST

OR

Friday โ€“ 6 to 27 May โ€“ 19:00 to 20:00 CEST

 You can convert CEST to your time zone using following page:

https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

๐Ÿ”ฅ Course Cost:

For the full 4 Weeks of training the cost is 20 Euros.

Payment can be made using Paypal.

๐Ÿ”ฅ Hereโ€™s what you need to know about the class:

You will need a pole, about 120-130 cm long, like a broom handle. If you already have a Jo (Japanese wooden staff), thatโ€™s perfect.

Ideally, you will have a 2m x 2m space to train in, with a high ceiling.

The class will take place on ๐—ญ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—บ and will be recorded LIVE and available for you to review in your own time.

๐Ÿ”ฅ What are the advantages of weapon training?

  • Body use. Posture and movement. In Aikido we strive to develop a body fully connected to the ground, connected intrinsically in all its parts and organised from the center, both at rest and in movement. The first level of weapon training is solo training and at this level one can train slowly and with attention on the above dynamics without the distraction of an attacking partner.
  • Power. The development of power in Aikido (kokyu) is an extension of the above dynamics of body use and movement in that power is accessed from the ground, directed through the tissues of the body from the center and expressed and transferred through the periphery at the point of contact to our partner. The dynamic in the development of power: ground-centre-periphery is exactly the dynamic we search out with weapon training where it is much more accessible than in empty handed practice.
  • Itโ€™s beautiful! Without a doubt Aikido is one of the most aesthetically satisfying martial arts to witness and practice. The weapon forms as left by O Sensei (the Founder of Aikido) and developed further by Morihiro Saito Sensei are beautiful to practice in their own right.

Register Now!

Complete the form below to register:

If you would like to continue your practice, consider joining our Daily Training Experience.

Click here for more info:

Welcome to the Takemusu Aikido Online Dojo!

Early 2020 saw the creation of the Takemusu Aikido Online Dojo, as a response to the Covid Pandemic โ€“ giving people the opportunity to continue their daily practice. All classes are online, live, and interactive โ€“ taken as part of a group via Zoom Meetings. Our community is made of members from many different countries, all training in the spirit of sharing and learning together.


About Michael Ormerod:

Michael began his training in Aikido at the age of 15 in the UK. He has trained extensively throughout Europe and under taken an intensive training period in Japan under the guidance of Hiroki Nemoto Sensei (7th Dan) and training in the Founderโ€™s Dojo and Hombu Dojo. In 2016 he began a full time apprenticeship under his teacher Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros (6th Dan), training and teaching in the Takemusu Aikido Motril Dojo and attending international seminars as assistant. Michael has over 10 years of teaching experience, and in January 2018 he established Takemusu Aikido Orgiva, offering classes to children and adults. In 2019 Michael received the rank of Sandan (3rd Dan) from the Aikikai in Japan, Tokyo.

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FREE AIKIDO ONLINE WEAPON CLASS

Join Michael Ormerod (3rd Dan Aikikai) for a ๐—™๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—˜ Aikido Online Weapon Class on the 7+8 April 2022.

This 60 minute class will focus on the Jo (Japanese wooden staff). Exploring the purpose of the weapon in relation to Aikido practice, the etiquette surrounding it, and the principles of integrating the weapon, body, and mind.

๐Ÿ”ปLive and Interactive Online Class

๐Ÿ”ปFree and open to all levels and abilities

๐Ÿ”ปLearn more and Register below

๐Ÿ”ฅ Class Schedule:

The class will be suitable for beginners and those new to martial arts practice.

There will be two time slots available to suit international time zones. Feel free to join one or both of the classes:

๐—ง๐—ต๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† 7 April โ€“ 12:00 to 13.00

CEST/ UTC+2 (Central European Summer Time)

OR

๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† 8 April โ€“ 19:00 to 20.00

CEST/ UTC+2 (Central European Summer Time)

You can convert CEST to your local time zone using following page:

https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

๐Ÿ”ฅ Hereโ€™s what you need to know about the class:

You will need a pole about 120-130 cm (4 feet) in length, like a broom handle. If you already have a Jo (Japanese wooden Staff), thatโ€™s perfect.

You will need an open space to train in, ideally 2m x 2m – with a high ceiling.

The class will take place on ๐—ญ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—บ and will be recorded LIVE and available for you to review in your own time.

๐Ÿ”ฅ Why Try Aikido Weapons Training?

Because aikido is one of the most beautiful and enjoyable martial arts to practise. Weapon training helps us focus on correct posture through efficient and functional movement. In Aikido we are looking to develop a connected body, with the ability to extend our feeling and intention into the weapon.

๐Ÿ”ฅ Register Now!

Complete the form below to register for your FREE Aikido Online Class:

If you enjoy the free class, continue with the Online Dojo with our Beginner Friendly Basics Classes. These classes will explore and go deeper into the use of the Jo in Aikido solo practice, and will follow the same schedule as above through the month of April.

Or join us in our Daily Training Experience.

Click here for more info:

Welcome to the Takemusu Aikido Online Dojo!

Early 2020 saw the creation of the Takemusu Aikido Online Dojo, as a response to the Covid Pandemic โ€“ giving people the opportunity to continue their daily practice. All classes are online, live, and interactive โ€“ taken as part of a group via Zoom Meetings. Our community is made of members from many different countries, all training in the spirit of sharing and learning together.


About Michael Ormerod:

Michael began his training in Aikido at the age of 15 in the UK. He has trained extensively throughout Europe and under taken an intensive training period in Japan under the guidance of Hiroki Nemoto Sensei (7th Dan) and training in the Founderโ€™s Dojo and Hombu Dojo. In 2016 he began a full time apprenticeship under his teacher Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros (6th Dan), training and teaching in the Takemusu Aikido Motril Dojo and attending international seminars as assistant. Michael has over 10 years of teaching experience, and in January 2018 he established Takemusu Aikido Orgiva, offering classes to children and adults. In 2019 Michael received the rank of Sandan (3rd Dan) from the Aikikai in Japan, Tokyo.

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FREE AIKIDO ONLINE CLASS

Join Michael Ormerod (3rd Dan Aikikai) for a ๐—™๐—ฅ๐—˜๐—˜ Aikido Online Weapons Class.

๐Ÿ”ฅ Class Schedule:

These beginnersโ€™ classes are open to everyone, all abilities welcome. There will be two time slots available to suit international time zones. Feel free to join one or both of the classes:

๐—ง๐—ต๐˜‚๐—ฟ๐˜€๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐Ÿฏ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต โ€“ 11:00 to 12.00 UTC โ€“ Bokken Basics

OR

๐—™๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜† ๐Ÿฐ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ฐ๐—ต โ€“ 18:00 to 19.00 UTC โ€“ Bokken Basics

You can convert UTC to your time zone using following page:

https://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

๐Ÿ”ฅ Hereโ€™s what you need to know about the class:

You will need a pole, about 100 cm long, like a broom handle. If you already have a bokken (Japanese wooden sword), thatโ€™s perfect.

Ideally, you will have a 2m x 2m space to train in.

The class will take place on ๐—ญ๐—ผ๐—ผ๐—บ and will be recorded LIVE and available for you to review in your own time.

๐Ÿ”ฅ Why Try Aikido Weapons Training?

Because aikido is one of the most beautiful and enjoyable martial arts to practise. Weapon training helps us focus on correct posture through efficient and functional movement. In Aikido we are looking to develop a connected body, with the ability to extend our feeling and intention into the weapon.

Register Now!

Complete the form below to register for your FREE Aikido Online Class!

If you enjoy the free class, continue with the Online Dojo for 4 more classes in our Aikido Introduction Course: BOKKEN BASICS. This course will explore and go deeper into the use of the Bokken in solo Aikido practice, and will follow the same schedule as above from the 3 March โ€“ 1 April.

Click here for more info:

Welcome to the Takemusu Aikido Online Dojo!

Early 2020 saw the creation of the Takemusu Aikido Online Dojo, as a response to the Covid Pandemic โ€“ giving people the opportunity to continue their daily practice. All classes are online, live, and interactive โ€“ taken as part of a group via Zoom Meetings. Our community is made of members from many different countries, all training in the spirit of sharing and learning together.


About Michael Ormerod:

Michael began his training in Aikido at the age of 15 in the UK. He has trained extensively throughout Europe and under taken an intensive training period in Japan under the guidance of Hiroki Nemoto Sensei (7th Dan) and training in the Founderโ€™s Dojo and Hombu Dojo. In 2016 he began a full time apprenticeship under his teacher Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros (6th Dan), training and teaching in the Takemusu Aikido Motril Dojo and attending international seminars as assistant. Michael has over 10 years of teaching experience, and in January 2018 he established Takemusu Aikido Orgiva, offering classes to children and adults. In 2019 Michael received the rank of Sandan (3rd Dan) from the Aikikai in Japan, Tokyo.

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