2012 Friendship Seminar

The Friendship Seminar at Aikido of Charlotte was most informative and enjoyable. There was an air of excitement and sense of camaraderie shared by all the participants. The two classes I attended highlighted the dynamic beauty of Aikido. Phi Sensei focused on Irimi and Tenkan, and the varied techniques applicable to them. He exhibited the flowing beauty of Aikido, the subtlety and softness of the art flowing into the deadly effectiveness of the technique. Weiner Sensei, in his signature calm manner, focused on maximum effect and showed the devastating strength of Aikido through several techniques. His movements were quick yet he always maintained his inner calmness – his style a picture of dynamic beauty in motion!

-Leon Allsopp, Student

Friendship seminars are always a great opportunity to connect and share with local aikidoka. The afternoon classes tended to focus on more advanced techniques and weapons; both subject I enjoy at a seminar. Huff Sensei worked on kumitachi (paired sword excersizes), stressing that weapons work in Aikido is advantageous for developing proper maai (combative distance). It also teaches one how to stay light on the feet and move quickly in order to maintain the proper maai. Main Sensei worked on henka waza/kaeshi waza (changing techniques and reversal techniques). His focus was on developing the ability to feel how the uke is responding/resisting during a technique and then people able to change or reverse techniques to take advantage of their energy. These subtle and advanced techniques were really enjoyable to work on and I think I managed to take a lot away from the seminar.

-Jim Hyde, Senior Student

Aikido Charlotte
Aikido Charlotte

Is Aikido a hobby?

By Jonathan Weiner | March 5, 2022

One of the internal questions I ask myself weekly is how do I keep my students engaged in Aikido? First, it’s probably important to classify what Aikido is and what it means to people.  Some may call it a hobby. Well by definition, Hobby means, “an activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure.”…

Teacher versus Instructor

Teacher versus Instructor.

By Jonathan Weiner | December 28, 2021

Teacher versus Instructor. In Aikido, I feel both of these terms tend to be used interchangeably. I beg to differ. An active, serious aikido student — someone with 3+ years of consistent 3-4 X a week practice and seminar attendance (2-3X a year) — can achieve 2nd Kyu and maybe even 1st Kyu. Depending on…

There is Etiquette in everything we do - even the Seminar Group Photo.

There is Etiquette in everything we do – even the Seminar Group Photo.

By Jonathan Weiner | November 24, 2021

There is Etiquette in everything we do – even the Seminar Group Photo. So the morning classes just ended, everyone is dehydrated, ready for lunch, Yudansha are about to start folding hakamas and the host dojo says, “Let’s all get in front of the kamiza for a group photo.” Now, this sounds like a simple…