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 make it feel attainable. Indeed, those few moments during practice when it all clicks and your Uke is suddenly picking himself up off the floor and you are both laughing as neither of you really know what happened are priceless and a window into a whole new approach to Aikido techniques. And even when it’s baffling (which is the rest of the time!) the seminar is relaxed and good humoured and Howard is on hand to give personal instruction and ensure everyone feels the technique for themselves.

Ben Forrest

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