A toast

Training last night was excellent. The two hours flew by. We also took a moment to hold a “softness” toast to our training in 2023. Here’s a few snaps of some Aiki age practice.

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Hardcore

These guys are Very serious about their Daito-ryu. An excellent evening training was followed in classic “three beers softness” fashion at the pub.

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Very active session

Thanks to everyone who attended this evening’s study group session. Such an excellent workrate, we got through so much. It was lovely to hear everyone so excited for December’s Aiki Connections weekend.

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Focus

“Circumstances” meant we had a bit of skeleton study group last night. Short training lines aside, we focused on just three kata for the whole session. With limited opportunities to practise before Popkin Sensei and Brogna Sensei arrive in December, we finished the evening with a real feeling that progress…

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Destination Copenhagen

A contingent from the study group went on tour courtesy of an invitation from Ole Kingston of Daito-ryu Aiki-Jujutsu Enryukai. Great friends with our teachers Popkin and Brogna Senseis, Ole has practised Daito-ryu since 1986. Ole began the Daito-ryu Aiki-Jujutsu Enryukai after Okamoto Sensei passed away in 2015. We were…

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Greatest hits

Tonight we focused in on the three techniques of Daito-ryu – Up, down and turn. Unfortunately we also said farewell to Will who is leaving for warmer climes. We will miss him.

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Gagging for it

Very enjoyable evening at Study Group. Everyone is desperate for December to come around quickly so we can get busy with enjoying Aiki Connections 2022. As our inimitable Lionel put so eloquently “gagging for it!”

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Detailed study

A very focused session tonight, with the aim of minimum effort, maximum effect. As always, a varied degree of success was achieved. But we loved every minute of it. We also celebrated Dangerous Dave’s birthday.

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Epic evening

Absolute cracker of a study group session last night. Kudos to all who always travel so far to train together. Then we finished off with our attempt at the requisite beer softness (albeit in the wrong order).

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At last!

We did it. We finally, after such a long hiatus, have been able to resume study group practice. It was so great to see everyone. Nice new dojo too! Here’s to much more Daito-Ryu.

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We’re back baby!

First Study Group meeting back after Covid restrictions is 2nd July 2021. And we have a dojo…. Unit 2, Oyster Bay,Estuary CloseSt Augustine Business Park,SwalecliffeCT5 2QJ If you would like to try Daito-Ryu with us, get in touch via the contact page.

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Seminar Feedback by Rich Hobbs

This was my second time attending a seminar with Howard Popkin and the only disappointment I came away with was that the time between each opportunity is as long as it is… Howard has a confident yet quiet delivery and whilst he is friendly, open and safe in his delivery…

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Aiki Connections by Ben Forrest

Training with Howard Popkin Sensei provides a unique insight into Daito Ryu and some of its elements which translate into Aikido. His techniques are are incredibly soft – almost effortless – and yet they are impossible to resist. Although this is infuriating at first, Howard’s detailed explanation and step-by-step demonstration…

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Aiki Connections 7 – Postponed

Hi all, Just to let you know we have postponed our annual Aiki Connections seminar for May 2020, which we will reschedule. We have already been in touch with everyone who had already booked on the weekend. Please watch this space for future announcements. Please stay safe. Our best wishes…

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Interesting Article from Aikido Journal

This article on Police Arrest techniques adapted from Daito-ryu is very interesting. Considering how we practise kamae in our branch of Daito-ryu, I was particularly interested in this, the 8th Footnote… “The insistence of Hisa on hanmi (半身, lit.: “half of one’s body”) is interesting since it is not usually prominently…

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Not just a little leap forward…

You expect occasionally to take a little leap forward in your understanding of things. What you don’t plan for, is to have your mind blown open by new possibility and instead end up realising that what you thought you knew just wasn’t anywhere near the whole picture at all. This…

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Aiki Connections 2020 Places Sold

Fantastic news, we have sold half of the available places on the 7th annual Aiki Connections weekend in May, with Howard Popkn and Joe Brogna. If you would like to participate in the most fun weekend on the calendar, we advise you book your spot sharpish. Book your place at…

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Required reading : TSYR History and Technique

Before I fortunate enough to start training Daito-Ryu Ginjukai in 2014, I was an avid practitioner of Aikido alone. Through my good friend Neil Saunders, in 2009 I was lucky enough to meet Robert Mustard of Yoshinkan Aikido, a Canadian Aikido teacher who had been famously depicted in Robert Twiggers…

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5 years

It is five years since the passing of Okamoto Seigo. We have to thank him for all he did to openly spread awareness of Daito-Ryu Aiki around the world, and for passing his skills to our teachers so we can all continue to benefit from his memory. We will do…

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What are the basic techniques of Daito–ryu?

Shihan Certification & Hiden Ogi scroll awarded to Okamoto Seigo by Horikawa Kodo What are the basic techniques of Daito–ryu? Okamoto: These are basics that were created by Shisho (Kodo) in Hokkaido. In our case we have changed them a little, but basically speaking they are the same. If one…

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A Very familiar sentiment, by Dave Remnant

My own martial arts training started with Shaolin kung fu, then jujitsu. So since starting training in Aikido, my biggest battle has been with acquiring softness and trying not to use brute strength in techniques. As one part of my early investigations into aikido I investigated the source of Aikido,…

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