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8th Aikido Warriors' Camp 2012
Gordon Head Recreation Centre
9 - 13 July 2012
Facilitator: Rafael Oei Sensei.
Ueshiba Aikido Victoria

Thank you to all the participants of this year's Aikido Warriors' Camp
for making it such a success!
The camp provides a weeklong overview of Aikido practice and philosophy,
and a summer refresher for our regular students.

Typically, each day begins with morning warm-ups and a jog:
a light refreshing warm-up in the morning air,
and for students to get used to moving around together as a team.

A team-game normally follows the jog, reinforcing the importance of
working together, being mindful of team mates, working out strategies,
leading the team, and delegating responsibilities.
Frisbee Game
Capture the Flag
Fox and the Hen
International Football (Soccer)

Daily practice included the observance of
Aikido etiquette and discipline.

Practising the Bow

Getting to know you...

Remembering everyone's name...
Setting personal goals and life statements...
... reflecting on etiquette and philosophy ...
Working Together
Working together...
Blame and be lame ...

After the normal dojo warm-up, students
were brought through basic unarmed
and weapons training.

Rowing exercises...


Kneeling breakfalls
Elbow Crawl
Kokyuho extension, inhale... exhale...
Elbow crawl ... no legs!
Elbow Crawl Bokken
Elbow crawl with a bokken.
Forward rolls...

Forward Roll

Forward rolls with a bokken...
Getting over the fear of rolling over someone...
Forward Roll
Backward rolls
Shikko, knee walking with a bokken...
Always practice the basics... Ikkyo!
Kokyuho pin...
Katate Dori Nikkyo.
Tanto Dori Nikkyo.
The importance of moving...
... and moving out of the away...

As a central theme of the camps,
apart from technique, the importance
of developing oneself from the inside
is also reinforced:
proper and appropriate etiquette, respect,
discipline, self-reliance, accountability,
being responsible, and being
conscious of one's decisions and actions.

A question of trust... a Trust Exercise.
Learning to listen and to lead the sightless...
... engaging all the senses...
...practising centredness...
...being specific, and saying what you mean.
Inner focus, control ...
... each stroke being decisive...
... through calligraphy.
Manfesting what is internal ...
Wheelbarrow Race
Working together to carry a tennis ball...
Wheelbarrow Race.

Games served to reveal personal attitudes,
character, temperament, beliefs, ...
going beyond assumptions:
sowed the seeds of self-discovery.

Being more sensitive to choices,
responsibilities and others.

After going around the pole, ...
... feeling breathless and dizzy...
... then calming down to transfer beans ...

... from one bowl to another using chopsticks.
Blanket Game; remembering faces and names.


Dog Bone

Blanket Game...

Dog and the Bone: Alert, quick, agile...

Dog Bone

Students were also introduced to the idea of KI.

These exercises required students to be aligned
within themselves - balanced in mind, spirit and body.

Finding the Centre

Adjusting to find the Centre, intention & focus...
... receiving and redirecting energy...
... extension of "ki"...
... practising with blindfolds.

Participants also practised multiple attacks.

These exercises demonstrated the importance of movement, centredness, and going with the flow.


Students practiced hip-throws (koshi nage):
ginning with experiencing someone's
weight through executing a "Fireman's Lift".





Into Aiki-Otoshis...
Bokken Multiple Attack...
Aikido Warriors' Camp 9 July 2012
You made it a very special and meaningful week of Aikido practice!
Thank you once again for such a wonderful and enriching summer.
See you in the Dojo!

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