Wednesday, 5 August 2020

Just for Fun - 3

Here is another Quiz in lieu of any kind of practise! As before, accolades for those who contact me with their answers before 12th August when I will post the answers. Again, you can find the answers in either the contents of your membership folder or the website. The last question is a bit more tricky - think of it as a bonus! Margaret

1. When was John graded 1st Dan? 
2. What does kotegaeshi mean?
3. What grade was Alan Ruddock?
4. Who was graded 4th kyu in November 2016?
5. What is the Japanese for a rear collar grab?
6. Ikkyo, nikkyo, sankyo, yonkyo, iriminage - what comes next?
7. What happened on 19th July 2019?
8. What is sumi otoshi?

Sunday, 2 August 2020

Quote(s) of the Week - 2nd August

There are two quotes this week. They are in response to our new lockdown which puts any plans of restarting aikido on hold. Rick has commented that we seem to be going backwards! The quotes are Roman although, apparently, the first only purports to be.

We trained hard, but it seemed that every time we were beginning to form up into teams, we would be reorganised.
Attr Gaius Petronius Arbiter (c27 - 66AD)but probably Charlton Ogburn Jr (1911 - 1998)

This quote is more hopeful!

Every new beginning comes from some other beginning's end.
Marcus Anneus Seneca (54BC - 39AD)

Wednesday, 29 July 2020

Anagram Answers

Well done to Neil and Sofia who texted me with their answers - all correct. Also an apology - there was an unintended s in number 1. It could be read as a plural but that wasn't my intention. Sorry. Anyway here are the answers.

1. Iriminage(s)
2. Gradings
3. Wednesday
4. Shomen-uchi
5. Morotedori
6. Kotegaeshi
7. Weapons

Sunday, 26 July 2020

Quote of the Week - 26th July

Something more from Alan this week. He is commenting about the fact that some people think that O-Sensei had supernatural prowess.

I don't think that magic or the supernatural came into it. If you meet someone from the Amazon rainforest and use your mobile phone to get something they want dropped by helicopter, they may think that is magic. However, once they get a mobile themselves, they will realise how easy it actually was for you. In terms of O-Sensei's ability, if you begin to understand the real meaning of Ai Ki, his 'mobile phone' is within your grasp!
Alan Ruddock

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Just for Fun - 2

Here are some anagrams for you to decipher. The words are all to do with aikido or the club. There are four Japanese words and three English ones. Again, no prizes, but accolades for all who contact me before I post the answers on 29th July. Margaret

1. I sir in game
2. sing drag
3. sad new dye
4. hoe is munch
5. O tired room
6. geek is a hot
7. paw nose

Sunday, 19 July 2020

Quote of the Week - 19th July

This week's quote is another from Henry Kono. It also, I think, holds a clue as to future practise. More harmonizing and less contact. Margaret

When a guy runs towards you, you can't think what? why?when? It is very much like dancing: both partners do not only move each other, they move together - but because the Japanese do not dance, they can't get it. It is actually funny, when you see a couple dancing, they are in perfect harmony, but if you put them on the mat the following weekend and tell them that they are doing aikido, the harmony is gone! They end up nailing each other on the mat like everybody else.
Henry Kono

Wednesday, 15 July 2020

Update re Future Practise

Now that some sports and activities are being permitted again I thought that I'd better let you all know what I know about the possibility of aikido practise. It's not a lot! At the moment we don't have any venues anyway. Horwich Community Centre has opened on a very limited basis for socially distanced groups in the main hall. The hours are short it closes at 5 o'clock so no use for us anyway. The Arena is opening again at the end of the month but the Anthony Centre is part of St Joseph's so any opening is dependent upon the school governors. Also we can't legally practise yet because aikido involves physical contact.

I suspect that when we can do something we shall have to do some things differently - such as arriving in gi, wearing a mask, using hand sanitiser. Risk assessment seem to be the order of the day!

I think that whatever we do will need everyone to feel comfortable about practise. John is feeling very gloomy about it all and feels that the club could fold, but I think that there is hope. Whatever happens I shall continue to keep you all up to date.

Keep well,