Aikido World ©
Web Journal

 Home | Advertise | Archives | Contact | Feedback | Link to Us | Copyrights

Submit | Subscribe

aikisearch.gif (2035 bytes)
Looking for a Dojo?


LISTINGS:

Articles
Aikido Books & Videos
Aikido Events

Aikido Highlights
Aikido Insights
Aikido in the News
Aikido Photos
Aikido Technical Tips
Aikido Terminology
Book & Video Reviews
Bushido &  Budo Talk
Dedication
Calendar of Events
Dojo Equipment

Dojo Directory
Information Page - FYI
Friends of Aikido World
Health and Body
Japanese Language
Letters to the Editor
Merchandise
Sponsored Aikido Dojos
Viewpoint


Cheryl Matrasko
James Loeser
Matthew O'Connor

CONTACTS

Cheryl Matrasko
James Loeser
Matthew O'Connor
Editor

 

Hiroshi Kato:  Training at Enchanted Rock State Park in Texas
Part 2
 by Matthew O’Connor and Jeannette Lee

(Continued)


Hiroshi Kato Sensei demonstrating Ikkyo kumitachi at the sumit of Enchanted Rock. Justin uke. 
© 2000, M. O'Connor - J. Lee. All rights reserved

We practiced some more, this time with the bokken, in a field near camp.  Kato Sensei taught us to drop low to gather energy and then to use that energy to rise into uke’s attack.  This point was to become something of a recurring theme throughout the seminar.  At one point, as we all struggled to grasp what he was trying to teach us, Kato Sensei joked, “Nobody here knows anything.”  Pause.  "I know something.”  Everyone laughed.  We finally stopped practicing when it was almost dark.  Everyone is ravenous by this time.  We spread our food on the table and shared a strange but satisfying feast – everything from turkey sandwiches to noodles to tofu.  Later, the kids who had come along with their parents roasted marshmallows over a roaring campfire (with expert instruction from ex-girl scouts) while the rest of us partook of sake, beer and good conversation.  Kato Sensei speaks very little English, but somehow we all ended up rolling with laughter and getting the gist of each other’s stories as the night wore on.


Sankyo kumitachi, Sasha Calderon uke

The night was calm, a nice breeze cooling the air.  Perfect outdoor sleeping weather; bugs, ants and strange creature noises notwithstanding.  The next morning, we hiked back up the rock.  A short but intense bokken training session later, we head back down to camp for jo practice.  We finally stop for brunch around 11 a.m., scarfing down fruit and sandwiches before breaking camp and heading back to Houston for the rest of the seminar. 

*****

Literary materials, film clips, and pictures are
copyrighted by their respected authors and owners.
Permission in writing must be made for any
duplication, display, or reprint.


MAILING LIST 
Aikido World Journal Mailing List:

To receive announcements on new articles, news events, and additions to our website send us an e-mail request to get on our mailing list!
mail2.gif (2507 bytes)




AIKIDO PHOTOS


hikitsuchu-cam.JPG (12905 bytes)

Michio Hikitsuchi 10th Dan 1978
(C. Matrasko as uke)
© 1978 C. Matrasko

Submitted photos from all over the world.

Please note that the owners of photographs illustrated here have their own respected copyrights.

    
eBags - Click here to save!


martialsupplies.gif (9602 bytes)

No matter the federation affiliation articles and event submissions can be submitted by legitimate dojos,
federations, and individuals. These should be sent via e-mail to:

c-matrasko@aikido-world.com

© 2009, Aikido World, Inc. All rights reserved
A Not for Profit Corporation
Aikido World Journal (AWJ)
Aikido World Web Journal

Aikido World, Inc. 
P.O. Box 56040
Chicago, IL. 60656-0040

1/4/2002