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Sword Handling 101: Improve Balance and Focus

Multnomah Aikikai
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Study the fundamentals of Japanese sword handling using the wooden bokken.*

Benefits of practice:

Calm, resilience, easy breathing, self-awareness, fortitude, perseverance, reduced stress, improved focus, balance, proprioception, cognition, patience, self-efficacy.

During this class participants will mindfully learn how to:

Hold and wield the sword (wooden bokken)
Execute sword motions relative to the center line of the body
Move the feet, legs and hips so that the lower body supports the motions of the spine, shoulders and arms.
Raise the sword in line with the spine
Breathe intentionally with the movements
Attentively collect eye motion to align vision with intention
Develop functional footwork unleashing the power and elegance of the sword forms.

By learning these skills we:

Make good use of the ground so that gravity becomes a friendly force and powerful movement flows effortlessly
Enable the bones to transmit power cleanly so that the muscles can work efficiently
Educate the left and right halves of the body to coordinate around a central axis
Allow the ribs to expand and contract in sync with the rise and fall of the sword and breath
Allow the eyes to settle and align with one’s intention
Improve balance so that dynamic stability is realized

“Being centered” and “moving from center” will shift from abstract concepts to tangible experiences. Through this format of embodied learning, participants are able to integrate maturity concepts such as self-awareness, self-regulation, compassion and patience.

* If you do not have your own bokken you may borrow one from the school during class time. If you would like to buy your own bokken, they are available for purchase through us. Footwork patterns include pivoting, sliding and stepping forward and backward. No falling is required in this class.

Come practice!

Your instructor: Suzane Van Amburgh, 5th dan, shidoin, Chief Instructor of Aikido Multnomah Aikikai.

When: Tuesdays 7:30pm-8:30pm, March 27 - April 17 (4 sessions)

Fee: $80 for the series / Free to Regular Adult Members of Aikido Multnomah Aikikai.

Where: Aikido Multnomah Aikikai: 6415 SW Macadam Ave, Portland OR 97239