Sensei Erik managed to catch COVID-19 after Christmas, but he’s done with all the isolating and stuff, and is ready to back to work!
Our first kids’ training of the year will be next Monday, January 17, beginning at 7:00pm. We will be following the 7:00-7:30 and 7:30-8:15 class schedule for now, but we are looking at other times and opportunities for training.
It looks like Tomiki Aikido of the Americas will be holding another virtual tournament this year, in addition to their in-person tournament. The virtual tournament will probably be in the autumn. We’re not sure yet!
We are very excited to announce that we will be leading an adult training group at the Training Station (200 Elm St, Manchester, NH) on Wednesdays and Fridays, 6:00am-7:00am.
Terry and Christina Dow have graciously allowed us to use a space in their dojo for the times when we used to train at the Downtown YMCA as the Manchester Budo Club. There is a monthly cost for participating, 100% of which goes to the Training Station.
If you’re interested in joining us for Tomiki Aikido, fill out the contact form below.
During the month of June, the adult class meeting at the Training Station (200 Elm St, Manchester) will be working on ZNKR Jodo. It has been a while since we did these, so we are providing resources for those wishing to train with us.
In December, we will be doing various stripe and belt testing for our juniors and youth. COVID continues to through a lot of people’s training schedules out of whack, and since there were basically no promotions for most of 2020, we are working to get everyone back on track.
There are also a number of junior yellow belts transferring to youth yellow belt. Unfortunately, we had to order new solid yellow belts because all the belts we have are adult sizes. Those should come in next week (12/20).
Monday, 12/20 will be the last class of 2021. We’ll have a couple weeks off and begin the 2022 training season on January 17. The first session remains 7:00-7:30pm. Since we moved the adult classes to Manchester (Wednesday and Friday, 6:00-7:00am @ the Training Station), the second session at 7:30pm is more open-ended and involves more advanced work. It often runs to 8:15pm or so.
Professor Tomiki believed strongly that a combination of jūdo and kendō principles (genri) were vital to development of practical jūjutsu (what he later called his aikidō). Tegatana dosa is a core piece of kendō principles applied without a blade. Nariyama Shihan later distilled these are the 3 Principles and 6 Concepts.
Tegatana Dosa (Drilling)
The power of tegatana dosa does not come from hand motion. The hands themselves are relatively poor at doing anything but grabbing small things. Tegatana is a weapon, and the body wields it. True swordwork comes from the hips (koshi) and core (hara), transmitted through the musculoskeletal system and extended through the hands.
The ten movements of tegatana dosa are meant to develop and refine the transmission of power through tegatana. The movements are distinct because the body movement is distinct. The movement of tegatana is powered through the shifting of gravity in the lower body to produce kinetic energy which is redirected and amplified through the core.
Katana and Tegatana
We are all familiar with the katana, the curved steel blade of the samurai. This curved shape is practical, reflecting a very specific method of cutting; and that method can be translated into our movements in aikido through tegatana dosa.
The vestiges of old sword work are still present in kendo’s terminology for the three large sections or zones of the sword. Each zone can be described by its function. Tegatana can then be described in roughly the same terms.
Tsubamoto (鍔元) Beginning at Guard
Nakahodo (中程) Middle Section
Monouchi (もの打ち) Striking Point
Ude (腕) The upper arm
Hiji/Kote (肘/小手) Elbow/Forearm
Te/Shote (手/初手) Hand/Edge of Hand
It is the monouchi that does the cutting in a sword, just as te is the cutting edge of tegatana. This is why monouchi is also called satsu. But it is the middle section, nakahodo on the sword and hiji/kote on tegatana, that transmits the body’s power to the cutting edge. The body makes the cut. The hand makes the kill.