From atari to technique - Katadori and Katadori Men-uchi. BPM. Seishiro Endo Shihan's Aikido DVD Seminar series vol.1
Format: NTSC, Color, Widescreen, Stereo Language: Japanese (English Subtitle, Japanese Subtitle) DVD Region: ALL Discs: 1 Lentgh: 75 minutes Production: Seishiro Pictures DVD Release Date: November 30, 2008
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In October 2007, Endo shihan taught at a seminar hosted by Capital Aikikai in Washington DC. Recorded throughout the weekend, this DVD features Endo sensei's teachings introducing his core concepts. The emphases on softness, atari (engagement, connection) and self-awareness can be seen in his explanations and demonstrations with various partners. The presentation moves from principle-centered exercises to more standard aikido attacks and techniques. The viewer is sure to walk away with inspiration and constructive questions regarding one's own practice, such as the implications of forcible or muscular actions and the relationship with one's partner. Verbal translation and subtitles are included throughout.
01 Pushed by a hand on your shoulder 02 Pushed by a hand on your waist 03 Pushed by a hand on your head 04 Pushed by both hands on your back 05 Touching fists with your hands from the front 06 Connecting via Atari through the wrist 07 Atari and Nikyo 08 Guiding using Atari 09 Confirmation of the initial meeting and Atari 10 Techniques for Katadori 11 Techniques for Katadori2 12 Techniques for Katadori Nikyo 13 Techniques for Katadori Men-uchi 14 Sabaki for Katadori Ki-musubi 15 Katadori Jiyuwaza 16 Aiki with the partner's Ki
"It is so inspiring and motivating"
Most aikido videos (particularly those of seminars) have very monotonous camera work. I find this video much more dynamic. The framing of the movements is done very nicely, capturing the flow so well. I really appreciate the close ups at certain points to emphasize Sensei's movements. I think it is very helpful. The translation and interpretation is also marvelous. Sensei's aikido and teaching is good as always. I find it remarkable that he never forgets to remind us to challenge ourselves beyond our comfort zone. At his level, you can see that he still does the same to himself so as to seek further improvement. It is so inspiring and motivating. I will highly recommend this video to everybody.