On Saturday, November 23rd, Oyamada Yoshihiro sensei taught an hour and a half mini seminar at Cosmos Arena Fukiage. This event was hosted by Aikido Meiryukan and members from the Fukiage, Kazo, Kumagaya, Noda, Nagareyama, Saitama and Kasukabe clubs as well as visitors from Ryu dojo and Oyamada dojo attended.
Oyamada sensei first did some excerices with hiriki no yosei ichi to emphasize the importance of the lower body and how to drop your weight in to techniques.
Then into tai no henko ichi and the use of the armpit and elbow. Techniques were shomen uchi shomen iriminage ichi, ryote mochi tenchinage ichi and katate mochi kotegaeshi ni.
Thanks again to Oyamada sensei for making the long drive out on a rainy day to Konosu. The class was as expected, energetic, well taught and informative. I hope the Meiryukan members can strengthen the similarities and try to understand the reasoning behind the differences.