We are back from the Summer Seminar, tired but happy. It was a very special Summer School – the first after a three years break, and the feeling on the mat was tremendous. It reinforced for us the meaning of Aikido practice – to learn to be happy ourselves and try to share it withContinue reading “Summer Seminar 2022”
There is an old photo hanging by the entrance door to the studio where we practice. Four women from 1920s-1930s moving on a shore with an immense feeling of freedom. It was always intriguing who they were and what they were doing. Well, it’s not a mystery anymore thanks to this article on CBC: https://www.cbc.ca/radio/ideas/writer-olivia-laing-explores-the-power-and-vulnerability-of-bodies-1.6185606
A quick demonstration and explanation by Sensei Walters, video from the Ki Federation web-site
With Ontario moving to Stage 3 and the outlook being good we are planning for August / September for resuming of in-person classes. The weekday class time has now been confirmed on Tuesdays 7pm-8pm for Ki Development class and 8pm-9pm for Ki Aikido class. In case you were wondering what Ki Development classes look likeContinue reading “Resuming classes”
We’re cancelling classes until further notice. Please stay safe!
Duende … is the spirit which inspires those extraordinary, perhaps fleeting, moments in Flamenco (as in other arts like the corrida, or bull-fighting) when the performer achieves a total communion with his audience. Only the truest artistry and afición, free of any taint of egoism or showmanship, can create the possibility of this occurring. ItContinue reading “Duende”
The building where we practice is very old and full of odd and wonderful things. One of them is this fencing club poster This says about fencing pretty much the same as what we could say about our Ki Aikido classes: safe, easy, inexpensive. Muscular and mental response – yeah that is one way ofContinue reading “Old poster”
Our small Christmas do on Dec 7th after a class Sensei Williams once said – “Ki is happiness” so we must be doing the right thing Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2019 everyone! … and we’re open during the Christmas break btw
If I could express the same thing with words as with music, I would, of course, use a verbal expression. Music is something autonomous and much richer. Music begins where the possibilities of language end. That is why I write music. Jean Sibelius, 1919 Replace in your mind ‘music’ with Aikido. … and then perhapsContinue reading “Speaking of Aikido…”
It’s now official. Next year Sensei O’Connell 8th Dan will run courses in Toronto on May 9-10, and in Vancouver on May 16-18. Some photos from Sensei O’Connell’s course in Moscow in 2012.