Thursday, March 27, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
This post emphasizes on the importance of the body warm up and the basic moves of the Aikido Martial Art.
Like any other sports or martial arts, the player is required to warm up from head to toe. This is to loosen the body muscles and joints plus preventing them from unwanted injuries like sprains or cramps.
Aikido's warm up is quite different in a sense that it targets body joints more due to most of the Aikido's techniques involve in limiting the opponent's ability to further attack you through the locking of the body joints at crafted positions.
It is very important to stretch and massage the palms and wrists of the hands.
This is to prepare the wrists to withstand twisting and locking moves of Aikido.
Our ankle is most vulnerable because it carries our entire body weight and the ankles are the ones receiving all the pressure of our movements be it walking, running or dashing around like a 'monkey'...hehehe =p
ps. the cheeky looking guy in the pictures is Salim.
Sensei Rubben & Sensei Desmond stated that it is very important for a beginner to learn the basic or root movement of Aikido and get use to it for it plays a vital role in the smooth transition in the learning of any Aikido techniques.
Sensei Desmond is rotund but when he demonstrates the techniques of Defensive Falling & Rolling he really makes it look easy. He does it with such grace and ease that it really boost the confidence of other "XL" members. He fall & roll so graceful; He makes graceful people look not graceful. Bravo to Sensei Desmond!!!
The proper technique of falling and rolling will benefit both the defender and the attacker. It will reduce the effect of impact of a throw or toppling by an Aikido move.
This is mainly to prevent injuries from occurring during an Aikido lesson.
To everyone that wishes to practice the martial art - Aikido, it is very important to be entwined with the basic moves of Aikido and make sure to warm up!!!
Sunday, March 9, 2008
Currently, for this semester (2008) , we're going to learn in the Aikido dojo which is located at Jalan Simpang Tiga, above Guardian, also it's the same row with Dua Puluh Sen Store. By the way, it is also on the way to The Spring Shopping mall. (I'm sure everyone knows the way to the Spring Shopping Mall!!! :P ) Well, before our lessons started, yes, as you can see, Aikido is located at the 3rd floor. So, we go all the way up to the 3rd floor!! -___-" At least, it's better than our swinburne which sometimes when we're late, we go rushing to our lecture class in 8th floor. Phew~
Our dojo is called the Seishinkan Dojo.
It's a nice and comfortable dojo.
As you can see, we're all basically excited and very energetic towards the class. :)
This is our Sensei Reuben (the one in uniform do-gi) teaching us. Actually, we have another Sensei Desmond but, he's not here today.
During the class we practise the technicque after sensei demo for us. We all train in pair.
This is one of the technique of pinning people down to the ground.
In Aikido also, we also learn that height and size doesn't matter. (Sorry, no offense here!!!) For example, it's good for girls sometimes too defend themselves from the ones who is taller or bigger size then them. On the other hand, it's good for guys to defend their girl friends from danger. So, the important point is, as long as we practise the correct techinique, we are able to defend ourself from danger.
Both the picture above, we get to learn to pin people down. It's a very important basic. It may look easy, but once being pinned down, you're unable to move no matter how much strength you enforce to get up. If were to force to move around to be released, it may result in a serious arm injuries. ~.~ WARNING: Do not attempt this at home unless you know the correct technique.
So, basically, it's the end of the class already. We all are tired and exhausted but, all the techniques we learnt is very useful toward our future as to defend ourself. We're looking forward towards the next class!!! :) Definately, we all enjoy ourself and make new friends as the class progress on. So, INTERESTED!!??? Come and join us (Swinburne Aikido Club) every Saturday practise at 1pm to 3pm.
*Owh yea, for those who stayed in hostel and worry about the transportation to the dojo. We will provide the transportation to the Dojo. We gather at Swinburne Chilipepers every Saturday(12.00-12.25pm). So, see you!!!
Have a nice day. ~cheers~
Saturday, March 8, 2008
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