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13th Aikido Warriors' Camp 2017
Gordon Head Recreation Centre
24 - 28 July 2017
Facilitator: Rafael Oei Sensei.
Ueshiba Aikido Victoria

Thank you for making our 13th Aikido Warriors' Camp a success!

This annual summer camp is a week-long overview of Aikido practice and philosophy,
and a summer refresher for our regular students.

Each day begins with morning warm-ups and a jog:
a light refreshing warm-up in the fresh morning air for students to move around 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
Daily practice, with the observance of
Aikido etiquette and discipline.
International Football (Soccer)

Practising the Bow


Getting to know you...

Remembering everyone's name... the Blanket Game
Setting personal goals and life statements...
... reflecting on etiquette, behaviour, and philosophy ...
Mini lecture
Are my decisions propelling me toward my goal?
Focus and Ki ... Being accountable... Blame and be lame ...
Working Together
Working Together

Ki flow - extending the arm and focus

Picnic lunches ...
After the normal dojo warm-up, students
were brought through basic unarmed and weapons training.
Elbow Crawl Bokken
Elbow Crawl Bokken
Ikkyo, the first pinning technique
Irimi Nage, the entering throw

Forward Roll

Multiple attacks...
Kokyuho nage, breath throw

A question of trust... The Blindfold Obstacle Course

A central theme of the camps,
apart from technique, is the importance
of developing oneself from the inside:
proper and appropriate etiquette, respect,
discipline, self-reliance, accountability,
being responsible, and being
conscious of one's decisions and actions;
revealed through the use of games.

These will help when making decisions;
leading one in the direction of desired outcomes
in life and one`s life`s journey. These are explored through
games, and paired practice, and reflecting on these.

The other purpose for the annual camp is to give
first time students glimpse and an overview
of the practice of Aikido.

Working on a puzzle from the blank side, without a clear goal ...
Clarity and purpose helps to guide one's direction.

Calligraphy - poise, balance, focus, clear strokes of the brush

The Fireman's Lift - part one of Koshi Nage


The Chopstick Game - after being unbalanced...

... to recover and focus to move the beans using a chopstick.


The students also practiced the Aiki-Jo, ...

and the Aiki-Ken

13th Aikido Warriors' Camp 24 - 28 July 2017
Thank you for an awesome, and meaningful week of Aikido practice!
Thank you, also, to our helpers, Mrs Gillam, Jared, Aimee, and Sean.
Have a most wonderful and enriching summer.
See you in the Dojo!

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