Many martial arts make use of "internal power", a concept which eludes many outsiders. At his seminar in Oberursel last weekend, David Ellard showed which physiological foundation – i.e. muscle groups, tendons and joints – can be used to activate this power. The internationally renowned teacher from England presented a number of exercises and movement patterns to develop this unique quality. Participants came to his Oberursel seminar from all over Germany and from Switzerland, about half of them were women.
Anatomical explanations David Ellard explained vividly and with the help of anatomical graphics which muscles contribute to which techniques, and how they tap into the internal power supply "from the center". Even though Aikido mainly uses the attacker's energy by deflecting and neutralising it, this effect can best be achieved with inner stability, presence and some kind of explosiveness which can be acquired only after years of intensive practice. As applications of this concept, the English teacher showed throwing and pinning techniques which are based on these principles.
Balance exercise David Ellard has been practising Aikido for about 20 years and also works professionally as personal trainer and yoga teacher. In the seminar, he focused on techniques which posed some challenge for the participants, especially when they were connected with highfalls from powerful throws. Ellard used a playful and easy-to-adapt approach to familiarise with the difficult movement patterns. He was particularly attentive to details that made rolling and falling pleasant for the training partners.
Dynamic throw "I am very happy that David has for the third time accepted our invitation to teach a weekend seminar in Oberursel", says Klaus Messlinger, head instructor of Aikido Oberursel. "He combines precise execution of techniques with a very visual approach to the underlying principles. At the same time, he is very sensitive to the requirements of the students and teaches with a lot of humour." As the mixed composition of the participants showed, Aikido is very popular with both men and women of all ages."
If this made you curious about aikido: regular classes are Mondays from 18:30–20:30 at the Landgraf Ludwig school gym in Bad Homburg, Thursdays from 20:00–22:00 and Sundays from 18:00–20:30 at the TV Weisskirchen club house in Oberursel. For a free trial class come in comfortable sports gear; we practise barefoot. Find out more in the FAQ section.
Please visit the image gallery for impressions from the seminar.