Archive for March, 2008

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April 2008 training schedule

March 31, 2008

April 2008 training schedule

Week one
Wed 2nd – 7pm to 8.30pm Beginner and intermediate training (SD)
Thurs 3rd – 7.30pm to 9.15pm Intermediate and black belt training (AM)
Sat 5th – 11am to 12.30pm Beginner and intermediate training (RD)

Week two
Mon 7th – 8pm to 10pm Intermediate and black belt training (AM)
Wed 9th – 7pm to 8.30pm Beginner and intermediate training (SD)
Thurs 10th – 7.30pm to 9.15pm Intermediate and black belt training (AM)
Sat 12th – 11am to 12.30pm Beginner and intermediate training (RD)
Sat 12th – 1.30pm Rank testing for Kyu grades

Week three
Mon 14th – 8pm to 10pm Intermediate and black belt training (AM)
Wed 16th – 7pm to 8.30pm Beginner and intermediate training (SD)
Thurs 17th – 7.30pm to 9.15pm Intermediate and black belt training (AM)
Sat 19th – 11am to 12.30pm Beginner and intermediate training (RD)

Week four
Mon 21st – 8pm to 10pm Intermediate and black belt training (AM)
Wed 23rd – 7pm to 8.30pm Beginner and intermediate training (SD)
Thurs 24th – 7.30pm to 9.15pm Intermediate and black belt training (AM)
Sat 26th – 11am to 12.30pm Beginner and intermediate training (RD)

Week five
Mon 28th – 8pm to 10pm Intermediate and black belt training (AM)
Wed 30th – 7pm to 8.30pm Beginner and intermediate training (SD)

(AM – Alex Meehan, SD – Shane Duggan, RD – Rex Dunlop)

Of particular note this month:

1 – Two new classes
April will see the formal start of two new classes at the dojo – designed specifically for new and intermediate students and taught by Shane Duggan (4th dan shidoshi-ho) and Rex Dunlop (4th dan shidoshi-ho). As the dojo continues to grow in size, these classes are designed to make sure students of all grades and abilities get instruction specifically tailored to their needs.

2 – Kyu grade testing
Testing for kyu ranks will take place at 1.30pm on Saturday April 12th. Please let me know in advance if you’d like to be considered for testing for your next rank.

General notes

Fees

It’s possible to pay for each class individually, but if fees are paid for the month in advance on the first training session of the month, each class costs significantly less. It is not obligatory to attend any particular number of classes per month, but training at least twice a week is recommended for optimum progress. Reduced fees are also payable for people in full time education or out of work.

Open mat training
Open mat training is not a class, but rather an opportunity for members of the Dōjō to get time to practice what they feel they need to work on. There is no teacher at these sessions, but senior grades will be on hand to supervise. Sessions are announced in the main classes during the week and on the discussion board. Note: Open mat training is open to all students of the Bujinkan Meehan Dōjō, but only to students of other Dōjōs of 3rd Kyu brown belt and above.

Monthly workshops
A workshop is usually held once a month to allow time to explore a particular topic in depth.

Other classes
Occasionally, weekly classes are offered in particular aspects of Budo Taijutsu – these are announced in class. There are also occasionally classes in Japanese language and culture, first aid, meditiation and more.

– Alex Meehan
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Class Record: Gyokko ryu Koshijutsu + Ken/Keri Kudaki + Shinobizue

March 28, 2008

Class: Thursday March 27th

A fairly lively dynamic class with  elements of Gyokko ryu and Koto ryu coming out naturally under attacks that might be found outside of the usual Bujinkan basics. We looked at Ten Ryaku Uchu Gassho and Tenchi Inyo from Gyokko Ryu. Distance and space manipulation became important through the class and we saw how the Bujinkan idea of atacking the limbs might work.

We looked at ways of using the saya to control uke while being able to use the blade too. Various ways of using shuko also came out.

Thought provoker: We did “unusual” kicks/punches in this class. Do I really need to use quotes there? Why are they unusual?

– Ali Martinez 

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Class Record: Ashi dori + moguri waza + syllabus

March 26, 2008

Class: Tuesday 25th March

Did some taijutsu that had elements of Koto Ryu and Kukishin Ryu in it… essentially attacking the center line so as to take balance and allow entry in to trap the foot in various ways. It could be seen that this technique would work well in armour. Use of decending movement – moguri – also helps.

For syllabus work the seniors looked at free Kyoketsu Shoge Waza with just the blade. We discussed the feeling needed with using this weapon, the lack of formal techniques or kata and applied it to some tonso gata from Togakure Ryu.

Thought provoker: What’s your kyoketsu loop rate now? Have you tried your other hand, different angles etc.

– Ali Martinez

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New classes starting this week . . .

March 25, 2008

Just a reminder to let eveyone know again that there will be two new classes starting at the Rathmines Dojo this week.

Tonight, Wednesday March 26th from 7pm to 8.30/9pm with Shane Duggan

And

Next Week . . .

Saturday, April 5th,  from 11am to 12.30/1pm with Rex Dunlop

These classes are open to all existing members of the dojo and will be geared towards beginner’s and kyu grade students, although people of all rank are obviously welcome to attend.

Good luck to the guys with their new classes!

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Class Record: Muto Dori + Randori

March 25, 2008

Class: Thursday 13th March

A bit late on writing this class record but Matt showed us the basic of  Atekomi tonso kata from Togakure Ryu. We studied the tai-sabaki of this and then did Kote Uchi Tonso Gata.

 Later on we did playing with some basic strikes in a loose, free flowing manner.

Thought provoker: What have you felt so far is different between Koto Ryu, Gyokko Ryu and Togakure ryu?

-Ali Martinez

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Class Record: Ukemi + Musha Dori + Keri Kihon + Kyoketsu

March 19, 2008

Class: Tuesday March 18th

After some basic ukemi with some fine-tuning we  studied Keto  from Koto Ryu shoden gata. This kata has a lot of ideas in it and it was a good platform to examine basic kicking drills. So we looked at the structure, distance, the target area, the timing, the footwork, the hips etc.

The kata also opened up some variations of musha dori – and the timing of it allowed us to play with the kyoketsu .. just using the blade as an extra limb and ignoring the rope/ring for now. Seeing this weapon as a training tool rather than a weapon per se really helps improve footwork and “zanshin” I found.

Thought provoker: How does bag/pad kicking differ from using a partner?

– Ali Martinez

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Class tonight cancelled

March 19, 2008

Please note that there will be no training tonight (Wednesday March 19th) at the Rathmines Dojo. Shane Duggan was to start his class this evening, but he’s temporarily off sick, so this will probably start next week instead. Get well soon Shane!

– Alex Meehan