WHAT IS CONTAKIDS? :
Contakids is a methodology based on the idea that using physical contact and play can help develop a deeper form of communication between parents and children: children can enhance their motor skills and self-confidence, while parents get to develop a bond of trust with their young.
ContaKids helps strengthen both parents and children, stimulates the development of healthy reflexes like balance and grip, encourages proprioception and self-confidence, helps parents take care of their own bodies when playing games with their children. Provides a relaxed environment to build a deeper physical connection between the parent and child.
30 CHF in advance.
We will send you details about payment method
RESERVE YOUR PLACE
10 pair of a parent and a child are available. Reservation will be completed once the payment is made.
THE KI-MUSUBI OF AIKIDO:
‘The Inter-connective Web of Aiki’.
Come and explore together with Patrick Cassidy Sensei and Bjorn Saw Sensei the inter-connective balance of Aikido. Come and learn and practice the non-confrontational art of ‘Being with’ instead of opposing, both on a physical, energetic and spiritual level. Go from a gross to a subtle engagement, go from the surface to the depth of experience. Become more sensitive and fuller in your expression.
70.00 CHF Swiss Franc for the day.
The day will be concluded with a Dan Grading after the scheduled time and then we’ll all go out for a meal in Montreux.
Visitors are able to be accommodated in the dojo. Please contact Aikido Montreux directly.
Join us for this wonderful weekend of practice in a beautiful Bavarian Castle!
Join Miles Kessler and Patrick Cassidy in the yearly exploration of the path of Aikido.
This year’s theme is Evolving Together and will be the focus of the weekend’s contemplation and training.
The Riviera Seminar is an international event bringing many different Aikido communities together to explore the art of Aikido outside of stylistic differences.
For detailed information and registration: http://rivieraseminar.com/
Patrick Cassidy, 6th Dan from Montreux, Switzerland
Miles Kessler, 6th Dan from Tel Aviv, Israel
Seminar fee: 110 CHF for those that register and pay by April 1st.
For those that register and pay by May 1st, the seminar fee will be 120 CHF.
After that the seminar fee is 130 CHF.
For questions related to the seminar, parking, sleeping and other organizational issues please contact us directly at the Dojo Aikido Montreux!
The weekend seminar will be followed by one day open event on Monday, June 10th. This event, “Connecting with Source”, is open to all. (more info to come) Please add 30 CHF if you are training during the weekend, 50 CHF if you are only attending the Monday.
Registration officially opens Jan 12.
Valais Retreat 2019
visit the website: valaisretreat.com
To sign up, please contact us here at Aikido Montreux.
Come and join our exploration deep into the art of Aikido and “Compassion, Power and Freedom”!
Find the event schedule below:
18-19h Registration/ Inscription
19-19.30h Welcome (dojo) / Accueil dans le dojo
19.30-20.30 Dinner/ Souper
9-10h Breakfast/ Petit-déjeuner
12.30-13.30h Lunch/ Diner
15-17.30h Training (with Tea/Coffee break)
17.30-18.30h Dan test/ Examens
19-20h Dinner/ Souper
20-21h Aiki Jam
21-22h Samurai Game
9-10h Breakfast(in silence) / Petit-déjeuner (en silence)
12.30-13.30 Lunch/ Diner
14-15h Final gathering (dojo)/ Fin de la retraite ensemble (dojo)
Studying Aikido early on in my career was one of the most influential and beneficial learningprocesses for my development as a dance improvisation artist.
I continue to utilize and build on the principles that I absorbed from studying with ImaizumiSensei in NYC in the 1980’s.
These principles seeped into my consciousness and continue to deeply affect the way I moveand think about my art form. They form the basis for my approach to teaching, and have given me the ground from which to build my performance work and relationship with my audiences. I am therefore very excited and honored to be able to collaborate with Patrick Cassidy inteaching this workshop.
I met Patrick briefly many years ago through our mutual search for a state of harmonious unity, something I first glimpsed as a living possibility when I encountered Steve Paxton and his revolutionary work with Contact Improvisation, and which I later pursued with serious intentthrough the Enlightenment teachings of Andrew Cohen.
This opportunity to practice and teach alongside Patrick now feels like a precious gift, given that we have persued a number of similar interests in our life paths, and because from afar I have always been interested in and curious about his practices and teaching.
Through these 5 days of working together we will be discovering each others work, and sha- ring our approaches with participants in the workshop.
Photographer: Harry Jordon
And Patrick’s words…
It was early on my path of Aikido when I actually tra- velled to Japan. Once in Japan I decided to stay for 6 1⁄2years focused on learning and absorbing the art. I hadstudied in one of the most traditional schools in a small town called Iwama with a highly skilled technician whohad been the longest and arguably one of the closest students to the founder of the art, Morihiei Ueshiba.
I deeply appreciated the immersion into the matrix of technique with plenty of inherent principle work within the training itself. Yet I never felt that the traditional approach was going to offer the freedom of authentic spontaneous expression that is necessary to realize a state of harmonious unity that is central to the theme of Aikido. I was looking for something congruent to the
founder’s realization and declaration of his perspective, “I and the Universe are One”. Fol- lowing a contemplative path parallel to my path of Aikido led me to spending 5 years in In-dia, Nepal and Tibet. Here I met, studied and followed the teachings of a number of brilliant teachers. It is here that I first came across Kirstie and we shared an inspiration for inquiry into the nature of being. The source of all action. Although I met many authentic teachers and benefitting deeply from their facilitation, I never bridged the realization of Unity, into authen- tic movement with any deep degree of satisfaction. I saw the mystery of movement with itsspontaneous nature and the intelligence of Aikido married with that spontaneous nature beau-tifully, but it was not complete. It wasn’t until I felt the spirit of Dance, the expression of Life in rhythm, come into the picture, that I felt the experience of unity express itself through the Aikido congruently. Somehow by incorporating the natural inclination to “dance life”, did the approach come together in a seamless union. Where the outer congruently reflected the inner. In my experience when this happens, not only does personal development occur, but somehowour evolution as individuals and even the collective is stimulated…
With that being said, I have never fully collaborated with a Dancer sharing these two ap-proaches together. I have been inspired by Kirstie’s work from afar for a number of years as we share some community. It has always been my intention to make a closer contact and I am grateful for the chance to do this collaboration together, especially since we both share the ins-piration of looking into the nature of being and movement. Inspired to see what this alchemy between us and Aikido and Dance can bring…
CLASS WITH PATRICK
I am inspired by the questions of being in relationship to conflict and movement.
How do we remain centered and awake under pressure? How do we meet a situation of conflict as an opportunity to evolve rather than a threat? How do we connect with another in the midst of conflict and move in way that honors the relationship that is shared?
The teaching will introduce, simple doorways to awaken authentic, spontaneous and intelligent response to pressure, attack and imbalance.
The classes will emphasize accessing the inherent intelligence of body, heart and mind to fa- cilitate an exploration into the new territory of an alchemical transformation of the individualand the relationship in the midst of conflict.
Bringing ourselves to embrace conflict as a doorway to discover, awaken and evolve.
Patrick Cassidy has been practicing Aikido, Meditation and Yoga for over 30 years. He holds a 6th degree black belt in the art of Aikido and directs a fulltime school of Aikido, Yoga and Meditation in Montreux Switzerland. He also leads a worldwide network of Aikido dojos under the banner, Evolutionary Aikido Community. He has facilitatedconflict resolution programs in psychiatric hospitals for caregivers and their patients and has led leadership and teambuilding training for numerous corporate organizations. He is also a long term practitioner of Japanese Tea Cere- mony in the Ura Senke school.
CLASS WITH KIRSTIE
What Moves Us and Why?
An Exploration of Freedom through Dance Improvisation
An opportunity to engage with Kirstie
and her passionate interest in the libera-
ting experience of dance improvisation
and the exploration of freedom. Imagine what our relationship would be to dancing if we had no prior notion about what the moving body should look or feel like. Participants will work beyond culturally conditioned expectations and other limitations, to celebrate moving together using practices that Kirstie has developed over thirty-five years of teaching dance improvisa- tion.
Kirstie draws her teaching from her knowledge of contact improvisation, dance techniques, the Alexander technique, Aikido, meditation and her extensive experience of improvisation in performance. Her work explores the huge potential of the body’s response to the primal urge to move, inspired by the energy released through human interaction, physical challenge and a daring to go beyond inherent ideas of limitation.
What moves us and why?
There is deep inspiration and rigor in a practice of improvisation that posits vulnerability at its heart. Developing the skills to be able to care for, engage, respect and respond to that state of vulnerability in oneself and others gives life to improvisation that is powerful and transforma- tive.
This is the work that Kirstie engenders through facilitated exercises, open time for play and exploration, movement scores, observations and discussion. Much of the work is experienced through partnering and connection with others, balanced with solo time for processing and reflection.
Kirstie’s art form is her life practice, and she shares insights gleaned from thirty-five years ofexperience.
Kirstie Simson (UK) has been a continuous explosion in the contemporary dance scene, bringing audiences into contact with the vitality of pure creation in moment after moment of virtuoso improvisation. Called «a force of nature» by the New York Times, she is an award-winning dancer and teacher who has «immeasurably enriched and expanded the boundaries of New Dance» according to Time Out Magazine, London. Kirstie is renowned today as an excellentteacher, a captivating performer and a leading light in the field of Dance Improvisation. She is a professor of dance at the University of Illinois, and continues to teach and perform all over the world.
Photographer: Harry Jordon
Tuesday – Thursday
10-12:30 first session, 12:30-14:30 lunch, 14:30-17 second session
Friday / Sat
Both teachers will continue to teach 2 1/2 hr sessions per day, but we may adjust the schedule as we see fit. For instance we could decide to take one morning off, and to teach afternoon andevening sessions on that day.
Last meditation and talk, departure.
We would like to propose a 1/2 hr optional meditation each day. Scheduling the meditation is something we will decide once the group is together.
It would be nice to take a walk in nature together… perhaps one afternoon or on the morning off.
PARTICIPATION TO THE WORKSHOP
The WS is open to 13 Aikidokas and 13 dancers.
Please consider that you will need to be able move in and out of the floor with ease, so prohibitive injuries might be challenging to work with in this context.
Please give us some insights into your movement experience on the «registration form», to help us evaluate if this workshop is applicable for you.
Walk in nature
Dates: Workshop will take place from 23th to 28th of July, 5 days of practice. Arrivals on the 22nd late afternoon, departures the morning of the 28th.
The studio: Re.sources is a renovated barn in a mountainous context, 160 m2 of wooden floor. The place is a little above the village on the road to pass of the Supeyres, at 15’ from the town of Ambert, 75 km from Clermont Ferrand, Saint-Etienne and Puy en Velay, 130 km from Lyon.
Housing: At 10 minute walk from the studio, the cottage La Cheveyre offers shared rooms for 3 to 5 people with shower. Also there’s the auberge for the same price, with a few shared roomsfor two to three people. These two options are the cheapest and closest housing to the studio.You can contact us for further info, and for other possibilities of lodging in the village that you would undertake to register by yourself.
Workshop price: 280 euros including 10 euros for membership of Mû association.
Meals & cooking: We usually cook together in the big kitchen of the cottage. From past expe-
rience the budget for food for a week is around 55 euros per person.
Transportation: There is an airport in Clermont Ferrand, as well in Lyon, from where you can travel by train and bus to our location. From the train station in Clermont or Vichy you can take a bus to Ambert. We’ll pick people up in Ambert bus station. We will send the list of parti-cipant’s contact information before the WS to facilitate car sharing.
Clothing: We suggest you take warm clothes and good shoes to wear for walking around in the mountainous landscape.
Registration: Please fill in and send back the registration form below. Your place will be re-gistered as soon as we receive your deposit. Mû will not refund deposits after the 15th fo June. Prior to this date any cancelation will be refunded minus 30% of the deposit. Once the WS isfull we will create a waiting list.
Contact: Tel France: +33 (0)9 52 29 57 66 mobile +33 (0)6 09 36 46 88 Email: email@example.com
Organisation – Location:
MÛ association – Re.sources / Lieu dit La Moronie – 63600 Valcivières (FR)
Please, send back the registration form, by post or email (copy / paste)
Name………………………………………………………… Adress……………………………………………………. Tel…………………………………………………………… Email……………………………………………………….
Please, give us few words about your experience in dance or /and Aïkido …………………….. ………………………………………………………………………………………………………..
I confirm my participation in the workshop «Evolving Through Movement» in July 2019:
O- I pay 280 euros to the bank account of Mû (info below)or
O- I pay a deposit of 150 euros to reserve my place on the workshop, and will pay the ba-lance before the 15th of June 2019
IBAN: FR76 4255 9000 9541 0200 2969 317 Code BIC: CCOPFRPPXXX
RESERVATION LODGING: COTTAGE OR AUBERGE
O I want MU association to reserve a place for lodging
– Price per night: 15 euros (for the 6 nights = 90 euros)
You’ll pay directly the day of your arrival to the owner of the group cottage or the auberge. Please, remember to have the cash with you (no credit card)
And a presentation of our teachers:
Dave Goldberg, Aikido San Diego, CA USA
My name is Dave Goldberg, and I’m the chief instructor of Aikido of San Diego. Teaching aikido is my full time gig. I also dabble in comedic/theatrical improv, and I’m a dad to twin 16-year-old boys. What inspires me most about aikido these days is it’s potential as an embodied artistic expression. In this way, Aikido is beauty and empowerment in harmony. I love to explore this. I like to place emphasis on the single continuum of energetic movement between uke and nage, the mutually supportive relationship between them, and the basic 4 embodied elements of earth, water, fire, and air. These three aspects are the cornerstones of my evolutionary path.
Marco Rubatto, Hara Kai Dojo, Torino Italy
I’m Marco and I would like to introduce myself. I started martial arts when I was fourteen, cause I was looking for something of useful to increase my personal security… so mainly for the “martial” aspect. I’ve met Aïkido apparently by fortune: soon I’ve dropped in its philosophy, feeling myself more complete and confidence. This happened 26 years ago. From then, I’ve never stopped training and going deepest I can in study the wisdom already inside the martial arts, doing my best to take it in my daily life. I teach professionally Aïkido in Italy and I’m part of the National Aïkido Technical Commission of my country. I’m honoured to teach and train at the first AEC Summer Intensive in Montreux, and I wish to meet each one of you there!
Carolina Van Haperen, Integral Aikido
“Aikido contains a vision that supports our growth in different ways on different levels. Every time we practice it gives us the opportunity to connect body, mind, heart and soul. We each possess the ability to tune inward to notice what our urge to grow, heal and connect is. We start where we are; therefore we need to see first what is here in our being.
Aikido is for me a path of authenticity. From the start my interest was to discover and connect with my true self (Self). This helps me to return ag
ain and again to the place of ‘home’ within myself. There is something that calls, even in times when I feel I am in the midst of turbulance and conflict. It is a life force that can not be denied. To awaken to this force, and to allow ourselves to be humble and vulnerable, helps us to see the other person with compassion and care. With true interest we want to connect and discover the potential of harmony and unity. In all of this our mind function is to support; it has the potential to discriminate and reflect, in service of the body,heart and soul.
As an aikido instructor I hope to help and guide some one to find their true path. It is an honour to explore together, respecting the place where a person is in their interest. I am always curious what brings one to the aikido mat, every time. This is a question I ask myself too. And sometimes there is no mental answer, which is fine. If there is no direction forward there is at least something right now to connect with, and to start from.
This Summer we will be together with a lot of people from all over the world. Regardless of our backgrounds we seem to want to come together, and that is a wonderful thing to look forward to. It definitely makes me curious and excited to meet you all.
Carolina van Haperen”
Durward Burrell, Aikido Vevey, Switzerland
Durward Burrell, 5th Dan Aikikai and instructor of Conscious Yoga, is the principal instructor at Aikido Vevey with over 25 years of experience in martial arts and yoga. Burrell Sensei began his Aikido and yoga career in 1999 in the United States as an uchideshi (apprentice) with Patrick Cassidy Sensei (6th Dan, Aikido Montreux). His classes focus on discovering new perspectives that create growth and evolution through conflict. Recently, he has been exploring how to allow for a deeper sense of communal sharing and freedom; along with how to practically bring one’s discoveries into other areas of daily life.
Julia Geissberger, Aikido Unlimited Uster, Switzerland
My name is Julia Geissberger, I run the full time Dojo Aikido Unlimited in Uster/Zurich together with Peter Fankhauser. Before for several years I taught self-defence for women
and girls and worked as a teacher for arts and crafts at high schools. Aikido is art, healing and spirituality. Uke represents both the struggle for beauty, the process of accepting
challenges and the longing for wholeness. In addition to teaching Aikido and dance and working as a Trager practitioner, I am involved with Authentic Movement and verbal communication related to Aikido principles for some time. In Aikido I attach importance to a mutually supportive relationship between Uke and Nage and an intelligent handling of the body in motion. The reconnection to the inside, to an authentic being and expression brings the relationship to a new level.
Mein Name ist Julia Geissberger, ich leite das Vollzeit Dojo Aikido Unlimited in Uster/Zürich zusammen mit Peter Fankhauser. Mehrere Jahre habe ich Selbstverteidigung für
Frauen und Mädchen unterrichtet und war als Lehrerin für Kunst und Handwerk an der Volksschule tätig. Aikido ist für mich Kunst, Heilung und Spiritualität. Uke repräsentiert
sowohl das Ringen um Schönheit, das Akzeptieren lernen von Hindernissen und die Sehnsucht nach Ganzheit. Neben dem unterrichten von Aikido und Tanz und der Arbeit als
Trager Praktikerin beschäftige ich mich seid längerem mit Authentischer Bewegung und der verbaler Kommunikation im Zusammenhang mit den Aikidoprinzipien. Im Aikido lege
ich Wert auf eine sich gegenseitig unterstützende Beziehung von Uke und Nage und einen intelligenten Umgang mit dem Körper in Bewegung. Die Rückverbindung nach Innen, zu
einem authentischen Sein und Ausdruck bringt die Beziehung auf eine neue Ebene.
Peter Fankhauser, Aikido Unlimited Uster, Switzerland
My name is Peter Fankhauser, I run the Dojo Aikido Unlimited in Uster together with Julia Geissberger. On 1 May 2019 we celebrated our 10th anniversary. My work as a Trager practitioner and instructor inspires and enriches my Aikido in a decisive way and vice versa. It is not surprising that the healing aspect of Aikido has aroused my interest. It is not the movements and stretches that Aikido brings with it that I would call healing. Healing is more than a well functioning body. It is more this affirmative aspect that is inherent in Aikido, it is this inner attitude that accepts and embraces even when it is a NO. In the Trager work I learn that this unwillingness has a direct effect on my clients. A space of faith opens up, there they relax and can be themselves. In Aikido it becomes especially visible for Uke, the nature of the attack changes, the attack dissolves. This magical and from our mind unexplainable inspires me.
Mein Name ist Peter Fankhauser, ich leite zusammen mit Julia Geissberger das Dojo Aikido Unlimited in Uster. Am 1. Mai 2019 feierten wir unser 10 Jahre Jubiläum. Meine Arbeit als Trager Praktiker und Instruktor inspiriert und bereichert mein Aikido in entscheidender Weise und umgekehrt. Es überrascht nicht, dass der heilende Aspekt welcher vom Aikido ausgeht mein Interesse geweckt hat. Es sind nicht die Bewegungen und Dehnungen die Aikido mit sich bringt welche ich als heilend bezeichnen würde. Heilung ist mehr als ein gut funktionierender Körper. Es ist mehr dieser bejahende Aspekt der dem Aikido innewohnt, es ist diese innere Haltung die akzeptiert und annimmt, selbst wenn es NEIN ist. In der Trager-Arbeit erfahre ich, dass dieses nichts wollen einen unmittelbaren Effekt auf meine Klienten hat. Es öffnet sich ein Raum des Vertrauen, dort entspannen sie sich und können sich selber sein. Im Aikido wird es vor allem für Uke sichtbar, die Natur des Angriffs verändert sich, der Angriff löst sich auf. Dieses Magische und von unserem Verstand Unerklärbare inspiriert mich.
Andrew Haight, Floating Bridge Centre for Learning
Sensei Andrew Haight Aikido 4th Dan , head instructor for Floating Bridge Centre for Learning, has been a dedicated student of the martial arts and KI (Chi – life energy) for over 30 years. Teaching the evolutionary art of Aikido supported by the harmonious practices of TaiChi and Iaido. Offering classes, workshops and seminars cultivating personal growth and awakening; exploring the evolution of the warrior archetype to best serve our modern local and global communities. Through nurturing body, mind and spirit, sharing a path for developing life long physical and emotional health. Sensei Andrew has witnessed numerous students develop presence, generosity, compassion, true confidence and resilience.
Ray Butcher, Henshin Aikido, Dublin Ireland
I am co-owner of Balance Ireland where I teach Aikido (Henshin Aikido), Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, Self Defence, Yoga and mobility. I also specialise in Women’s Self Defence, teaching a program called ‘Reduce the Odds’. It uses scenario based training to deal specifically with awareness and sexual assault/rape prevention.
I started training when I was 10 years old in the 70s. I have studied various martial art traditions, including Judo, several styles of Karate and striking arts, Aikido and Gracie Jiu Jitsu. I started practicing Yoga in the early 2000s and completed my teacher training in 2011. I have worked in the field of Crisis Intervention teaching Control & Restraint and Defensive Tactics to security personnel and health professionals. I currently hold a 4th Dan black belt in Aikido and a 1st degree black belt in Gracie Jiu Jitsu.
As I started at a young age, I developed a passion for martial arts and eastern philosophy. In my late teenage years I began to feel, especially form a physical perspective, that there had to be a better way to resolve a conflict than winning at the expense of the other person, In my mid twenties I moved from Ireland to Australia, and it was there that I found Aikido at a University club in Sydney. I distinctly remember during my first class having a sense of belonging. As I delved deeper into Aikido, I found the answers I was looking for in the founder’s philosophy but I soon realised that it was going to take a lot longer for this to manifest physically.
Because of my experience in the other martial arts I felt confused and unsure physically about Aikido and its practically. In the early 2000s I began to feel a shift in my understanding and started to make some changes and progress. I finally found the way forward when I began to let go and start to trust the process of Aikido and realising that my previous concepts of self protection and conflict resolution were flawed. Two main influences that paved the way forward for me back then were with my study of Gracie Jiu Jitsu under Phil and Ricardo Migliarese, and then later in 2011 when I began to study Aikido with Patrick Cassidy Sensei and Evolutionary Aikido.
After almost 30 years of practice, Aikido obviously plays a very important role in my life. It has and continues to open up many avenues of growth, constantly keeping me creatively engaged and open minded. Rather than close the door on my past martial arts experience, Aikido opened up a new and wonderful way to look at all the arts I have studied. Utilising Aikido’s principles gave me a greater understanding and appreciation and helped me to continue my studies in other areas and arts, such as Gracie Jiu Jitsu and conflict management. I believe that the basic Aikido curriculum is a very important foundation to learn the principles. To keep evolving and truly understand the vastness Aikido has to offer, we need to step outside this box of just technique based Aikido, take a risk and explore all avenues, hopefully creating opportunities to discover new possibilities.
Currently I am working on a ground based flow. The goal being to seamlessly include a complete flow from all ranges standing to ground, with single and multiple attackers. An important part of my training is to put myself in physically difficult, sometimes restrictive scenarios. To find solutions under stress, all the time staying curious with the process and true to myself and the core principles of Aikido.
I think a good description of Aikido is that it is a tool for reconciliation. At its core, it helps us to embrace conflict (inner and outer) with curiosity and confidence, cultivating inward reflection and peace.
In conclusion I would like to say that I have met some amazing people on this journey. I am very grateful to all my teachers both past and present for sharing their knowledge. I feel very fortunate to walk this path, and to have the opportunity to study and teach.
Mitchy Ogata, Aikido St-Gingolph , France
Hello! My name is Mitchy. Now, I am totally in love with Aikido, however, in the early time of my life, I was rather a girl who loves classic ballet with a tutu than practicing combat wrapped with a belt. I used to think how unsexy judo people were, running with the red sweaty face under the sun with wearing white pajamas. In addition to that, since I was a kid, I hated wearing kimono because it blocks my body freedom and it made me feel like a piece of wood. And tatami! In my parents’ house, there are several tatami rooms but I was more used to sit on a chair or sofa, sleep on a bed, walk on a carpet or wooden floor. Moreover, I used to make an extra effort to avoid to become a teacher, just because I did not want to do the same thing like my parents, my grandparents, my aunts and uncles, and my sisters, a teaching job. Often my intentions and interests were clearly shooting towards to outside Japan, outside Japanese culture and outside teaching job.
As you might already see, all these were the beginning point of my Aikido path. And my Aikido path contained lots of surprises. Firstly, I learned from a Westerner that Aikido is a martial art comes from Japan. Soon, I was surprised that I can throw a big man like a piece of paper. (Yes, I was vicious.) Then later, I was surprised to understand that throwing men was not only about Aikido practice. By that time, surprisingly, I consumed a good quantity of “kimono (keiko gi)” which I used to see as an unsexy, and spent plenty of time on the tatami. I thought I knew a good amount of English language but words like Expression, Connection, Joy, Being Open, Authenticity, Awake, Vulnerability, and Truth in relation to Aikido practice seems to have more meanings, and I felt partly they were new to me. That surprised me completely.
For a long time, sharing words in front of more than two people had been challenging for me, especially feelings and emotions. In addition to my avoidance of being a teacher, teaching a class became a real challenge. At the beginning of the Uchideshi program, every time after my classes of adolescent class, Harakiri idea came across in my head. Then I was surprised to see that I was the only one who judges me and the fact that even the responsible of the dojo did not. I was totally surprised that I did not trust myself for what I do in my life even if somebody trusts me. I was also surprised to find a wonderful feeling in me by sharing internal self through Aikido practice. Surprisingly to me, Harakiri idea was not my own exclusive patent but with different shape and name, it seems to be something most of us recognize.
Practicing Aikido surprises me in every practice and in every teaching, both in the morning and in the evening, on the tatami and off the tatami, whether with many students or just one student. My story of surprise continued and obviously will continue. I am looking forward to experiencing and also sharing many surprises with you this summer!
Jo Theys, Kokoro Aikido Dojo, Belgium
I am Jo Theys, Dojo-Cho and teacher at the Kokoro Aikido Dojo (Scherpenheuvel, Belgium).
During my youth, I practised a wide variety of sports (including classic ballet and contemporary dance) but I was also curious for more. Hence about 32 years ago, discovered Aikido. Aikido was initially a puzzling experience although I knew intuitively…”this is it, go for it !”.
Looking backwards, I am grateful because Aikido brought and still brings me three “joys”.
First is the pleasure of vibrant movement in contact and partnership with others.
Then came the joy of exploring, discovering and developing; mystical and mythical items came within reach while at the same time all my internal dragons kept challenging me.
The third joy is the ability to share these treasures with others during practice and to point these out to my students during class.
As a professional practitioner of embodied therapy, I am naturally fascinated by the effects of Aikido on healing and evolving in individuals and humanity.
The opportunity that I was given to start a new Dojo (in 2017), that I can lead according to my inspiration, is a magnificent gift.
Please share these joys “on the bridge between heaven and earth” !
17 years of Aikido Klardof Germany with Patrick Cassidy, September 13th-15th
“From Tradition to Transformation”
In September 2002 we started with our first training.
2009 we celebrated our 7th year anniversary with 3 Aikido teachers.
And now it is 2019, so let´s go, let´s celebrate.
We Aikidokas from Klardorf are very much looking forward to you paying tribute to that and training Aikido under the guidance of Patrick Cassidy.
Friday: 19h-21h30 Buki Waza/ Bokken
Saturday: 10h-12h Tai Jutsu, 14h-17h30 Tai Justu / Shoto
Sunday: 10h-12h30 Aiki Combat Improv
For more information about this event click here