Movement Practice with Max Rößner

Last Saturday, Max Rößner taught a Movement Practice workshop at our dojo. This contemporary discipline is a playful research of how to enhance movement options, and it can be used as a basis for all kinds of sports and more generally for a healthy lifestyle. The focus of the workshop was on "balance and coordination": numerous exercises and games provided tricky but entertaining challenges for the participants. People from all over Germany attended the event, which was a sequel to last year's successful premiere.

Coordination exercise with partner
Coordination exercise with partner
"It shouldn't be too difficult to stand on one leg", thought many of the participants at the beginning of the workshop, but only a few minutes later they started sweating and fighting for their balance, when Max Rößner added a number of seemingly simple tasks that had to be carried out simultaneously. They also learned that "sitting down and getting up effortlessly" can be a lot more complicated than it sounds. Max further elaborated the workshop's topic through a number of partner exercises and games. He explained what Movement Practice has to do with health and why it is an excellent training approach supporting all kinds of sports.

Flexibility game
Flexibility game
Max Roessner has over 15 years of experience in aikido, capoeira and movement practice based on the methods developed by Ido Portal and Joseph Bartz. From this combination new insights, exercises and movement forms emerge which he presented at the workshop, also adding some ideas on training philosophy. Max‘s goal for this workshop was to help the participants discover and enhance their individual movement options. At the end of the day, he was applauded for his choices: all exercises were both challenging and fun.

'Ways of sitting down'
'Ways of sitting down'
"I am very happy that Max accepted our invitation to come back to teach at our dojo", says Klaus Meßlinger, head instructor of Aikido Oberursel. "The approach of Movement Practice and Max's way of teaching opened my eyes to the fact that many of our movement limits exist in our heads only, and that it is much easier to push our boundaries than we would usually think." Max Rößner agreed to return to Oberursel in 2019.

Aikido, too, uses a lot of the movement ideas presented at the workshop. 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 of the workshop.

Seminar with Ludvig Jönson

An exceptionally talented young aikido teacher came to our dojo last weekend: Ludvig Jönson from Stockholm taught a weekend seminar with his artistic signature style. The 26-year old Swede presented a variety of highly dynamic techniques which required intricate falling skills. He showed how to master these from unusual angles, and how to come down softly and unharmed, while having a lot of fun with those explorations. Visitors from all over Germany attended the seminar to push their limits under Jönson's supervision.

Direct entry throw
Direct entry throw
No matter whether the attacker swipes you off your legs, throws you over the hip, or simply uses a wrist lock in an attempt to immobilise you: there is always a way out of this inconvenient situation with the help of an elegant roll or soft fall. The solutions presented by Ludvig 'Ludde' Jönson looked simple and graceful, but required many years of training and a good measure of willpower and daring. The seminar participants practised with attention and sobriety, but still had a lot of fun with the humorous and playful instructor.

High fall
High fall
Jönson has been practising for about 20 years, and from very early on he was noted as a talent beyond the borders of the Swedish capital, as an enthusiastic researcher for exceptional and dynamic solutions for how to respond to a serious attack. Even though he has a preference for artistic forms, the techniques he presented at our dojo were soft and easy on the body, and he was making sure that the participants enjoyed themselves and met the challenges with a smile on their face.

Preparing for a hip throw
Preparing for a hip throw
"I am very glad that Ludvig Jönson accepted our invitation", says Klaus Meßlinger, head of the dojo. "He stands for many of the best qualities in aikido: precision, sharpness and dynamic execution, and at the same time showing a remarkable calmness, a relaxed posture even during the stormiest of attacks, always keeping a smile on this face. This left quite some impression with the participants." Meßlinger is looking forward to inviting the young Swede again in the future.

If this made you curious about aikido: regular classes are Tuesdays from 19:00–21:00 at the old gym of Grundschule Stierstadt, Thursdays from 20:00–22:00 and Sundays from 18:00–20:30 at the TV Weisskirchen club house. 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 of the seminar..

 

Seminar with Mouliko Halén

The importance of the fasciae—the bands of the conjunctive tissue that create body tension—is being discovered by many movement arts in the last couple of years. Mouliko Halén explained in his seminar at Aikido Oberursel how they can be used in the daily practice of the Japanese martial art. The teacher, who is also a part-time shiatsu therapist, showed a number of exercises that activates this inner core tension. Visitors from all over Germany came to Oberursel to attend his classes.

Guiding with body tension
Guiding with body tension
Mouliko showed various ways to use the long-stranded fascia bands—which connect across our bodies from fingertips to toes—for healthy and effective movement patterns. He demonstrated how they can be used in aikido techniques to gain more security and presence. Another focus of the seminar lay on the 13 kata, a pre-defined partner exercise for defending oneself against a sword with the help of a wooden staff.

Working from the center
Working from the center
Mouliko has been teaching aikido professionally for a few decades, and he shows limitless enthusiasm for the subject. He is equally interested in the inner and outer forms of the techniques, in the flow and in the structure. Having studied a variety of martial arts, his heart is with aikido for which he was awarded the 7th dan from the Aikikai headquarters in Tokyo. It is in his nature to keep exploring new paths, crossing boundaries between aikido and other arts.

Practising the 13 kata
Practising the 13 kata
"I am really glad that Mouliko Halén for the fourth time accepted our invitation to teach at Oberursel", says Klaus Messlinger, head of the dojo. "His interest in the significance of fasciae for the inner forms has developed over the past years, as have his findings on how these principles can be applied in standard aikido techniques. This combination makes him such an interesting teacher." Mouliko's next seminar in Oberursel is planned for spring 2019.

If this made you curious about aikido: regular classes are Tuesdays from 19:00–21:00 at the old gym of Grundschule Stierstadt, Thursdays from 20:00–22:00 and Sundays from 18:00–20:30 at the TV Weisskirchen club house. 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 of the seminar.

 

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