2011 Aikido and the Blade Highlights

Highlights from the “Aikido and the Blade” seminar taught by Sensei Jim Alvarez, including an afternoon of tameshigiri (traditional tatami test cutting). Hosted by the University of South Florida Aikido dojo (Tampa Florida, usfaikido.com ) from February 18-20, 2011.

2010 Carrie Matteoli Shodan Exam

The shodan (1st degree black belt) examination of Carrie Matteoli, member of the University of South Florida Aikido dojo (Tampa Florida, usfaikido.com). The exam was held during the annual Florida Rokudan Seminar, which was hosted this year by the ASU Sarasota dojo on August 21, 2010.

2010 Jon Posnick Shodan Exam

The shodan (1st degree black belt) examination of Jon Posnick, member of the University of South Florida Aikido dojo (Tampa Florida, usfaikido.com). The exam was held during the annual Florida Rokudan Seminar, which was hosted this year by the ASU Sarasota dojo on August 21, 2010.

2010 Barry Engh Shodan Exam

The shodan (1st degree black belt) examination of Barry Engh, member of the University of South Florida Aikido dojo (Tampa Florida, usfaikido.com). The exam was held during the annual Florida Rokudan Seminar, which was hosted this year by the ASU Sarasota dojo on August 21, 2010.

Mixed Grab Multiple Attacker Practice

Multiple attacker practice during regular Aikido class. The goal was to cultivate an unfettered state of mind, and not get dragged down during an extended, slow multiple attacker exercise. Demonstrated by the members of University of South Florida Aikido (Tampa Florida, usfaikido.com)

USF Ukemi Core Training

A slow core balance and core muscle exercise for aikido front and back rolls, based upon Systema rolling exercises and yoga neck/shoulder postures. It improves flexibility for both beginner and advanced students, and is a good way to introduce front and back rolls. Demonstrated by the members of University of South Florida Aikido (Tampa Florida, usfaikido.com)

USF Front Feather Fall Instruction – Ostoff Style

An easy method for teaching soft forward breakfalls (ukemi). This clip shows our version of the feather fall method developed by Sensei Frank Ostoff of Aikido Zentrum Dusseldorf. This method is one of the best we’ve seen for inspiring confidence, and helping students who have difficulty with breakfalls ease into them in a fun and safe way. Demonstrated by the Continue reading