2017 Fall Seminar

Aikido Seminar with Harvey Konigsberg, Shihan and John Chiarolanzio, Shidoin

Austin, Texas  |  September 30th & October 1,2017

Mark your calendars! Join Austin Aikikai for our Aikido Seminar.

Location

Austin Aikikai  |  7756 Northcross Dr #102  |  Austin, TX 78757
(512) 970-9575

Schedule

Saturday
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lunch Break
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Dojo Dinner party Saturday night at 7pm!

Cost
Full Seminar: $100
Saturday only: $80
Sunday only: $50

Saturday night Austin-style party!!

Spend the weekend in Austin! Accommodations available for out of town guests in dojo members’ homes or in the dojo.

 


2017 Spring Seminar is February 10th & 11th

Aikido Seminar with Peter Bernath Shihan and Penny Strake Bernath Shihan

Austin, Texas  |  February 10th & 11th, 2017

Mark your calendars! Join Austin Aikikai for our Aikido Seminar.

Location

Austin Aikikai  |  7756 Northcross Dr #102  |  Austin, TX 78757
(512) 970-9575

Schedule

Friday
6:00 pm – 7:30pm

Saturday
10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Lunch Break
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Dojo Dinner party Saturday night at 7pm!

Cost
Friday: By donation
Saturday only: $80

Saturday night Austin-style party!!

Spend the weekend in Austin! Accommodations available for out of town guests in dojo members’ homes or in the dojo.


Kagami Biraki

Kagami Biraki is a New Year’s celebration in Japan, usually celebrated around the second week-end of the year. Kagami Biraki is associated with samurai culture and this is why some traditional dojos have adopted aspects of the ceremony as part of their own New Year’s celebrations, focusing on self-reflection leading to new commitment.

The term ‘Kagami Biraki’ has several translations. Kagami refers either to a mirror or to mochi, a type of rice cake.  Biraki is usually translated as “opening” or “breaking.” Taken together they translate as “Opening the Mirror” or “Breaking of the Mochi.” They also refers to the opening of a cask of sake.

The different items used in Kagami Biraki celebrations are powerful symbols. Mochi has a long, storied history in itself and is associated with the mirror because of the resemblance to the copper mirrors used in the past.   The mirror also has a long tradition in Japanese culture and is linked to the sun goddess, Amaterasu. The mirror encourages insight through self-examination, which should lead to rededication.

In addition to mirrors, mochi, and sake, traditional symbolic elements include: citrus, usually tangerines in the US, symbolizing generational ties; salt for purifying; pine boughs, a symbol of longevity; armor, swords, helmets, and more.  Some of these relate back to pre-samurai culture and some are shared across many cultures; for example evergreens, swords, and salt.

Kagami Biraki is a time for self-examination and the re-dedication of spirit and discipline toward training supported by our community.

More can be found here:

http://www.shitoryu.org/heritage/kagami_biraki.htm

http://www.aikidoda.org/aikidowebpages/seminarpdf/kagamidoc.pdf

http://classicbudoka.wordpress.com/2011/01/03/kagami-biraki-in-the-dojo/

 


Join us at our Open House Event and try our Aikido Beginners Program

Open House! Saturday Feb 28th, 2015 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Looking for something new for 2015 or want to kick-start a stalled practice? Please join us for a FREE introductory Aikido class, demonstrations, and light refreshments.

If you like what you see, our next beginners’ program starts Monday March 4th 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm.

Interested but can’t come January 3rd? You can come by during any regularly scheduled class to observe and ask questions.


20 Jo Suburi

The jo is a 4-foot staff used in Japanese martial arts and Aikido. In this video Saito Sensei demonstrates 20 basic jo movements. Understanding these movements will help prepare for the 31 count jo kata.

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Tsuki No Bu
1. Choku Tsuki – 0:42
2. Gaeshi Tsuki – 0:49
3. Ushiro Tsuki – 0:58
4. Tsuki Gedan Gaeshi – 1:07
5. Tsuki Jodan Gaeshi (Uchi) – 1:17

Shomen No Bu
6. Shomen Uchi Komi – 1:37
7. Renzoku Uchi Komi – 1:44
8. Shomen Uchi Gedan Gaeshi – 1:55
9. Shomen Uchi Ushiro Tsuki – 2:06
10.Gyaku Yokomen Ushiro Tsuki – 2:18

Katate No Bu
11.Katate Gidan Gaeshi – 2:34
12.Katate Toma Uchi – 2:42
13.Katate Hajiji Noji Gaeshi – 2:53

Hasso No Bu
14.Hasso Gaeshi Uschi – 3:09
15.Hasso Gaeshi Tsuki – 3:17
16.Hasso Gaeshi Ushiro Tsuki – 3:27
17.Hasso Gaeshi Ushiro Uchi – 3:39
18.Hasso Gaeshi Ushiro Harai – 3:50

Nagare No Bu
19. Hidari Nagare Gaeshi Uchi
20. Migi Nagare Gaeshi Tsuki

 


Aikido – Open House January 3, 2014

Open House! Saturday January 3th, 2015 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Looking for something new for 2015 or want to kick-start a stalled practice? Please join us for a FREE introductory Aikido class, demonstrations, and light refreshments.

If you like what you see, our next beginners’ program starts Monday January 5th 7:15 pm – 8:15 pm.

Interested but can’t come January 3rd? You can come by during any regularly scheduled class to observe and ask questions.


Aikido Training as AISD PE Credit at Austin Aikikai

Austin Aikikai now offers PE credit to eligible AISD Middle School and High School students as an approved Off Campus Physical Education (OCPE) provider. Please come by the dojo soon to find out how you or your student can take advantage of this opportunity. The AISD deadline for signing up is Tuesday, January 6th, but please come by before the end of December for a free class and to review the course requirements.

The next Beginner Program at Austin Aikikai begins Monday, January 5th at 7:15 pm. Please come by the dojo for a free introductory class and to find out more about Aikido.


Austin Aikikai is now an official AISD Off-Campus Physical Education Provider for the 2014 – 2015 school year

Austin Aikikai is now an official AISD Off-Campus Physical Education Aikido Provider for the 2014 – 2015 school year. Please contact the dojo as soon as possible if you or your student is interested in participating for the Fall 2014 semester. AISD class registration deadlines must be complied with to assure participation, so please act now.

Parents and students must sign up with us and with AISD before the end of the day Monday August 25th.