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David Brown Sensei October 2019

Oct, 24 2019 by Dave

We were privileged to have David Brown Sensei visit the Bayside and take classes on Tuesday 15, Thursday 17, and Sunday 20 October 2019.

It was great to be able to see him again and also welcome DB fans from all over the place to join us.

I think you could say that if aikido was Rock n Roll, then Dave Brown would be Keith Richards. He’s now 72, and over the years we followed him through chronic arthritis, a hip replacement, heart surgery and more recently cancer treatment, but luckily he is still with us and challenging the status quo (Rock n Roll reference unintended). It is fair to say that Dave’s approach can be polarising, he certainly doesn’t hold back on expressing his take on the way that aikido is commonly practised and pursuing the concept that aikido must be a budo.

David Brown Sensei October 2019
David Brown Sensei October 2019
David Brown Sensei October 2019

I’d like to be able to give a run down of precisely what we covered over the three sessions, but if you’ve experienced Dave’s classes you’d know that is not possible. Be that as it may, he concentrated on a few themes.

Correct posture.

Correct distance.

There are no techniques in the sense that you apply particular responses to attacks.

The shape of every technique exists in each technique.

Hopefully, we’ll get DB back before too long. When we do, make sure that you get along.

Full House

Oct, 06 2019 by Dave

In spite of the long weekend and being NRL Grand Final Day, we managed to get a pretty full house on the Bayside this morning. Notables included former Raiders star recruit Rob Fleischer flying the flag for the Green Machine and Mick Nash, freshly back from his European IP Tour. Turned out to be a good day to run Louise Starr through her 5 kyu test. Congratulations and well done to Louise.

Full House

David Brown Sensei Visit

Sept, 22 2019 by Dave

Happy to announce that we will be hosting a visit from David Brown Sensei next month. Sensei will be taking classes on the Bayside on Tuesday 15 and Thursday 17 October. Time 6.30 – 8.00pm.

Please note that the regular iaido class will be cancelled on the Tuesday night.

Mama San Article

Aug, 07 2019 by Dave

The Articles Page has been updated with a piece on Mama San. Please check it out here.

Congratulations to Rabbit and Lou

Jul, 18 2019 by Dave

Presented Omkara Wrightson Junior 7 Kyu and Lucian Van Staden Junior 8 Kyu with their certificates last night for tests conducted on 25 June. Well done!

Actually, there are a few spaces in the junior aikido class at the moment, so it is a great time to get started. Tuesdays at 5.30pm.

Congratulations to Rabbit and Lou

July QKR Seminar

Jul, 15 2019 by Dave

Just had a big weekend on the Goldy at the July QKR Seminar which attracted a really pleasing turnout for iaido and jodo. A lot of really hard work by everyone who attended the seminar and attempted grading tests. By my calculation there were 16 people doing iaido tests and a further 9 candidates for jodo kyu grades. For Bayside Budokai members, congratulations to Narada Wrightson 2 Dan iaido, Ka Lun Leung 2 Kyu jodo, Duong Thai 3 Kyu iaido and 3 Kyu jodo, Andrew Dahms 3 Kyu iaido and 4 Kyu jodo, Louise Starr 3 Kyu iaido and 4 Kyu jodo. Thanks to Tom Johnson and the QKR Executive for organising another great event.

July QKR Seminar [1]

July QKR Seminar [2]

July QKR Seminar [3]

Junior Gradings

Jun, 27 2019 by Dave

Put Lucian Van Staden and Omkara Wrightson through their paces on 25 June. Great effort!

Put Lucian Van Staden and Omkara Wrightson

Aikido Dan Certificates

Mar, 02 2019 by Dave

Great to be able to present the boys with their Grading Certificates last Thursday night. Congratulations once again to Col, Rob and Gotaro.

Col, Rob and Gotaro

IJSC 2019

Just had a great couple of days in Hobart for the jodo component of the AKR Iaido Jodo Seminar.

Fantastic level of instruction with the delegation led by Shiiya Sensei. Here’s a shot of the group and also one of Shiiya and Tsubaki Sensei in action.

Aiden Corey

Emiko Kolb

A New Year and Another Certificate for Dreamy

Jan, 14 2019 by Dave

One of the first items on the agenda for 2019 was to present Ka Lun Leung with his iaido 2 Dan certificate from his grading last month. Here’s another photo for the album from last Friday night.

Dreamy 2 Dan

Welcome to 2019

Jan, 14 2019 by Dave

Classes are now back in full swing so Happy New Year everyone. There are a couple of events coming up which will impact on our schedule. Firstly, the Iaido/Jodo Seminar at the end of the month means that there will be no training on Friday 25 or Sunday 27 January. Then on the aikido front, Bill Gleason will be visiting Australia in early February meaning that classes will also be cancelled on Friday 8 and Sunday 10 February.