Aikido is a Japanese Martial Art created and developed by Morihei Ueshiba (1883 – 1969) which emphasises harmonisation over contention when dealing with aggression and conflict. What does this mean in practice? That our intent, and consequently our actions, in dealing with aggression (whether physical, verbal or otherwise) is not to take a position of resistance or struggle but rather join with the force of the opposing party, making it our own before leading it into a resolution where it’s energy and ideally, it’s own aggressive intent, has been neutralised.
This ideal of moving from a situation of conflict to its harmonious resolution must be realised through our whole being and reflected in our actions and particularly our actions when under pressure which is when they are most critical. Through confrontational and physical training we learn gradually to let go of our reactive tendency to defend, block and struggle and instead open up to the power of being open and undefended.
The style or line of Aikido that is taught in this Dojo is known as Takemusu Aikido and is a traditional form of Aikido that was passed on from Morihei Ueshiba to the late Morihiro Saito Sensei (1928 – 2002). He was a personal disciple of Ueshiba for over 23 years and took over his Dojo in Iwama Japan after his death, considering it his duty to preserve and pass on the Founder’s original source techniques in as pure a form as possible.
WHAT IS TAKEMUSU AIKIDO?
Takemusu Aikido can be characterised and differentiated from other schools and styles of Aikido by its emphasis on the following three areas:
RIAI: The integration of empty handed practice (Taijutsu) and practice with weapon (Bukiwaza) whereby both practices are understood as one integrated and mutually reinforcing whole.
KIHON: Strong emphasis on basic training (Kihon) with a clear distinction between basic and more advanced levels of practice and technique. It is understood that the all the fundamental elements of the art are ‘encoded’ in the most basic techniques and that ability in advanced technique depends on the depth of one’s grasp of the basics.
BUDO: Aikido understood and practiced as a modern yet traditionally rooted martial art with relevance to daily life in all it’s aspects beyond the regular training in the Dojo.
ABOUT CHET VALLEY AIKIDO:
Chet Valley Aikido is led by Dojo cho Sarina Abdul Rani, with the assistance of Chief Instructors Michael Ormerod, 3rd Dan Aikikai & Adrian Punt, 2nd Dan Aikikai. Both Michael and Adrian are students of Lewis Bernaldo de Quiros – Shihan, 6th Dan Aikikai, Chairman of Traditional Aikido Europe, and direct student of the late Morihiro Saito Sensei 9th Dan. Chet Valley Aikido is a member of Traditonal Aikido Europe (TAE), a group of European Aikido dojos with the purpose of training O-Sensei Morihei Ueshiba's Aikido as taught by the late Morihiro Saito Sensei. Within the UK, Chet Valley Aikido is also a member of the Traditional Aikido Alliance (TAA) network.
Early 2020 saw the creation of the Takemusu Aikido Online Dojo, as a response to the Covid Pandemic – giving people the opportunity to continue their daily practice and the comfort of knowing that Aikido is just a click away under any circumstances. One dedicated student of the Online Dojo decided that she wished to continue and deepen her training in Takemusu Aikido, and the idea was born to establish Chet Valley Aikido...
Chet Valley Aikido was the brainchild of Sarina Abdul-Rani (3rd Kyu). Sarina’s first Aikido class was in Darwin, Australia, about 20+ years ago. After many starts/stops and changes in life situation, she started training again about 16 years ago in Norwich, UK, with the late Sensei John Tidder and Sensei Alan Prescott. She paused after a couple of years when she realised that life was about to change with a baby on the way. Just a few weeks before the UK went into a full lockdown in early 2019, Sarina managed to train for about 6 weeks with Sensei Frank Burlingham and Sensei Vince Price (Broadland Aikido Club).
After many weeks with the online classes organised by TAE and subsequently being mad enough to do most of Michael’s daily online classes through the pandemic (which was more interesting than home schooling her children!), Sarina was invited by Brendon Buchanan to join his Kou Ki Do Kan Club. Fast forward to summer 2021, the idea of a TAE-style club based in Sarina’s Norfolk patch was born and after two successful online seminars in her local village halls with Michael and Adrian teaching, Chet Valley Aikido became a reality.
“The purpose of training is to tighten up the slack,
toughen the body, and polish the spirit.”
– Morihei Ueshiba, Founder of Aikido
All classes begin and end with a formal greeting (reigi) whose purpose is to contain the training experience within the limits of care, trust, and respect.
These are the essential ingredients for creating an atmosphere in the Dojo, where practitioners can safely put pressure on each other without allowing the practice to drift towards competition or get out of control.
In this style of Aikido, weapon training is an integral and indispensable part of it. In this Dojo, weapon training generally constitutes half of the practice time. The weapons used are a wooden sword (Bokken), a wooden staff (Jo) and a wooden knife (Tanken).
The classes are for all levels: basic, intermediate and advanced.
Beginners welcome at all times.
from 9.30 am to 11.00 am
(except school holidays)
Claxton Village Hall
Claxton, Norwich NR14 7AS
from 7.15pm to 8.45pm
(except school holidays)
Brian Clarke Meeting Room
Chedgrave, Norwich NR14 6JB
“Everyone has a spirit that can be refined,
a body that can be trained in some manner,
a suitable path to follow.”
– Morihei Ueshiba
FIRST CLASS FREE
Classes are for all - suitable for men and women of all ages, levels and abilities.