2nd Annual Youth AikidoPalooza in Norwalk, CT

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It was a full day. A fun day. A day of laughter, training and friendship. Supported by six dojo from four states, Aikido of Norwalk’s second annual Youth AikidoPalooza brought together 30 kids and a dozen adults for a full day of Aikido.

Classes were led by G. Matsuda Sensei, J. Paul Sensei, R. Testa Sensei, D. Gravens Sensei, A. Bel Sensei and B. Lasher Sensei. The day’s curriculum varied from posture training to kihon waza to practical applications against the sort of playground stuff kids can run into.

Throughout the day, kids trained with other kids, from other dojo enjoying the commonality of Aikido between them. Broken up over five one-hour classes, each with a game in between, the seminar also included a pizza lunch and an hour-long origami class conducted by Miki Lasher.

Amazingly, despite a lot of training, the kids’ energy levels remained at peak heights right up to the end. They day wound down with some free time to run around, some treats and just a little tending to the dojo.

On behalf of Aikido of Norwalk, we would like to thank the instructors, students and parents who made the day such a success. It was wonderful to see so many people – friends and strangers alike – training together and enjoying Aikido. We are already very excited to do it again next year.

For more pictures, visit Aikido of Norwalk’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/aikidonorwalk

Friendship Seminar, Norwalk, CT

Autumn got underway with a Friendship Seminar held at Yanagi Aikido, Norwalk, CT. Jointly taught by ZAA Chief Instructor Greg Noble Sensei and Toyoda Center Chief Instructor Blaine Feyen Sensei, the weekend’s training is probably best described as “high energy”. Training consisted of a mixture of open hand technique and weapons practice. Noble Sensei focused on projection throws while Feyen Sensei worked through numerous variation on jo nage with an emphasis on ‘one-and…’ timing which added to the intensity of the training. In between sessions, members from Yanagi Aikido, Jikishinkan Dojo, Zenshinkan Dojo, River Valley Aikikai, Shojo Dojo and Northwest Arkansas Aikido enjoyed an opportunity to rekindle old friendships and strike up new ones.