All week I’ve been looking forward to taking this picture. I started practicing Aikido in October, and while I’m learning and loving it I am no where near the level in this photo. Ivan Sensei is applying a technique to Haakon, but I can’t remember what the technique is called because I was focused on the timing of my photo, haha.
Aikido has a lot to do with timing, redirecting energy, and knowing your space. It’s a more peaceful martial art, no competing, very little attacking. I was first introduced to Aikido in the early 2000s when I helped my Karate Sensei with some self-defense classes.
Small, subtle movements are incredibly effective when timing and technique is applied correctly. We do some weapons training as well; jo and boken. If you’re interested in getting involved we take on new members at any time, we train at the St. John’s Martial Arts Centre on Mews place off Pippy Place. For more info you can message me or check out http://www.mun.ca/aikido/