Training at Nishinkan dojo

All training and activities at Nishinkan dojo are carried out in accordance with traditional Japanese methods of Budo training.

New members all begin their training in the beginners division. Here strong emphasis is placed on the following areas:

  • Learning excellent posture and basic body movements.
  • Maintaining the appropriate distance from one’s partner at all times
  • The correct application of the basic techniques of Aikido
  • How to receive Aikido techniques
  • Proper body management i.e. the correct use of the legs and hips and a relaxed but strong upper body both in the performance of techniques and in receiving techniques
  • Correct breathing
  • The proper care of one’s partner while executing techniques so that practice may be conducted in a safe but effective manner

New members remain in the beginners division for a period of weeks to months depending on their progress until they are allowed to progress to the general practice division. Once in the general division they are expected to help in maintaining the dojo, in particular in cleaning the Tatami (practice mats) and Dojo after practice.

In the general division members are able to train in greater depth and to develop themselves through the following:

  • General and advanced body art classes - immobilisations and throwing techniques against a range of attacks, attacks with weapons, and attacks by multiple assailants.
  • Weapons classes training in the use of the Sword (Bokken) and Staff (Jo) in accordance with Aikido principles.
  • Iaido training – the use of the Japanese sword (Katana) in solo practice forms.
  • Meditation – Zazen meditation to develop concentration and awareness.
  • Training at seminars in Valencia with visiting teachers as well as seminars abroad . Training at seminars is of great importance to train with other teachers as well as training with Aikido students outside ones normal training group.

On saturday mornings there are also special training sessions. Ask your sensei first to go.


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