Yesterday our dojo (Aikido of Plano) and Aikido of Dallas did an Aikido demonstration at the annual Japanese Fall Festival (Aki Matsuri). We started by showing the way a typical class is run, which allowed me and some of the other newer students to participate. We ran through 3 techniques. I was happy to find that I didn’t completely screw up. The mats were a little hard to move on, as they’d been heating up in the sun and were kind of sticky. But I think we did a good job.
After the “class” demonstration, some of the senior students had the chance to demonstrate some more advanced techniques. It is always great to see the really good Aikidoists practicing. Very smooth and powerful with dynamic throws. I shot a few pics for the bibliosk8.net gallery — click the image below of this very dynamic hip-throw to go to the gallery.
Check out Jerry’s ukemi in http://www.bibliosk8.net/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=697 and http://www.bibliosk8.net/gallery2/main.php?g2_itemId=739 . That guy has a breakfall that that is smooth as silk.
Yeah man, that dude is smooth! And that other guy, with the long hair, does some dynamic breakfalls.