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Zanshin, Martial Art Concepts No.1

1392587687756Hi to all Aikido heads, martial artists, those interested in Japan, Budo, physical movement and development :)

Eiryukan Lincoln is the home to a colorful array of experiences and activities, we aim to excel in every area and value your contact and feedback.

As 2014 is a big step forward in the club on many levels I felt it a good time to kick start the web content with quality images, stories, ponderings and anecdotes.

I found this informative link with an array of ideas to explain the term Zanshin and a tale at the end about Ueshiba Sensei which I have not heard before.

When I was training in Japan I was told that Zanshin, meant awareness, a strong focus particularly at the end of a technique showing readyness with an alert stance for further attack. The phrase “When the battle is over, tighten your chin strap” which is found in the fighting arts.com article above really resonates with me and summerises what I heard first hand succinctly. As you train keep this idea in your mind to guide you into more focused and ultimately more enjoyably aware performance. Let us know about you results :) Stay on the path and see you soon. Osu

 

Lincoln Martial Art Students Focused At Christmas Party

Seasons Greetings Eiryukan Fans. Did you receive a certificate of excellence at the party? Sensei really wanted to give everyone an award for their dedication and efforts this year. The standard of Aikido has been out of this world in 2011 and it was a tough job deciding who stood out from the crowd. As you can see from the photo even the white belts at the front are showing incredible focus and clearly have their eyes on black belts in the near future. This was a special opporunity to practice Aikido, have a few snacks and meet new friends from 8 different Lincoln classes. It was great to see so many getting on well and sharing their skills. For the first time junior members had the opportunity to see the Monson Street Dojo up close, again kindly loaned to us by Paul Chambers Sensei.
All belt grades stood up in front of everyone and demonstrated moves, keen eyed seniors voted for the best of the bunch and top players got an energising chocolate christmas goodie. A selection of the senior students showed free style techniques and player of the year, Louis Sanguy even put Sensei through his paces throwing him round the dojo. Kelly took some really refreshing Aikido pictures which you can view on Eiryukan Facebook, feel free to tag yourself and show the world your super Aikido. Well done everyone, keep practicing your kamae/stance over the holidays and come back fighting fit in the new year. We have lots of exciting things coming up in 2012, so stay tuned and Merry Christmas.

Eiryukan Meets Shoshinkan and Goryukan For Aikido Triple Bill in Lincoln

It was with great pleasure that Eiryukan hosted a mini seminar for two visiting Aikido Martial arts clubs on Saturday. The Shoshinkan from Nottingham and the Goryukan from Stafford, both Yoshinkan style schools. The setting was the excellent Monson Street Dojo, home of Lincoln Aikido Club run by Sensei Paul Chambers. A big thank you to him for allowing us to use the venue for the afternoon.

Under the watchful eye of O’ Sensei at the kamizawa, all participants trained together in a peaceful yet energised spirit. It was refreshing to experience the different characteristics and traits of all individuals and as mentioned by the instructors present, Jay Savery Sensei and Tadashi Narita Sensei, the effort to create Yoshinkan form was true.

Eiryukan have previously travelled to Goryukan to train and we look forward to visiting the Shoshinkan in the near future. A big thank you to all for attending and training with great spirit. Osu!

Eiryukan Aikido At Strike Zone Martial Arts Dojo Lincoln

Strike Zone, Lincoln

There is an exciting development for martial arts happening in the heart of Lincoln, Shotokan Karate Instructor, Nigel Singleton has created an open training space for martial arts of all backgrounds to train in a multi purpose building. This regenerates an old banking store house bringing new life and opportunities into Lincoln within the martial arts field.

Sensei Nigels vision is:

To have a multi-disciplinary training centre, a true mix of martial arts who can all train without the politics that so often get in the way of our sport.

Eiryukan is looking to use the dojo for early morning training classes, private tuition, holiday club training and senior kids classes aimed at developing Aikido black belts and instructors in a traditional venue, which will allow for focused concentration and development.

The website for Strike Zone Dojo details the location and information on the other disciplines on offer there already. There will be an open week coming soon where you can come along and have a look at the dojo and get a taste for some of the arts. More information coming on that soon.