Seminar with David Ellard

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
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
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
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.

 

Kyu Gradings Spring 2019

After a few months of intensive preparation, four dojo members passed their kyu gradings at Aikido Oberursel. Jury members Mirjam Fischer (5th Dan), Klaus Meßlinger (3rd Dan) and Jens Schäfer (2nd Dan) were very happy with the candidates' performances. Congratulations!

  • 1st Kyu
    • Jörn Fritsch
  • 3rd Kyu
    • Kerstin Butzke
    • Sonja Reuter
    • Josef Chovanec

Kyu Gradings Spring 2019

Back: jury members Klaus Meßlinger, Jens Schäfer and Mirjam Fischer;
front row: Kerstin, Jörn, Josef and Sonja

Impressions of the jury keiko can be found in our image gallery.

Seminar with Mouliko Halén

Martial arts do not rely on outer forms alone – they draw on internal powers as well. At his aikido seminar in Oberursel Mouliko Halén showed how these internal powers can be developed. The internationally acclaimed teacher demonstrated the astonishing effects this kind of training has when it is put behind the execution of standard techniques. The participants could practise and experience those principles in unarmed forms and in partner exercises with wooden swords.

Details of a gripping technique
Details of a gripping technique
Mouliko Halén, who holds a 7th dan issued by the international Aikikai federation, had the opportunity to gather experiences in various martial arts, with and without weapons. All those styles benefit from training the internal powers, developing a strong and agile center and supportive body tension. The Scandinavian teacher demonstrated how impressive the effect is, and what exercises help to mobilise those powers. Using a number of gripping and striking techniques he showed the versatility in application, and he also transferred those principles to partner exercises with the wooden sword.

Working with the wooden sword
Working with the wooden sword
Halén has been teaching the peaceful martial art of aikido professionally for many decades and with great passion in his suburban dojo near the Norwegian capital Oslo. He acquired his skills in a number of martial arts and self defense systems, worked as bodyguard and close-combat trainer, and until this day practises Japanese shiatsu therapy. His passion however is for aikido and the related weapon schools. It is Halén's second nature to be curious, to keep developing his skills and to explore the boundaries with other martial disciplines.

Throwing from the center
Throwing from the center
"I am very happy that Mouliko returned to Oberursel to teach another weekend seminar", says Klaus Messlinger, head of Aikido Oberursel. "He has accompanied and supported our dojo from early on. I am always impressed how passionate and knowledgeable a teacher he is, and how he manages to make his classes fun for everyone present."

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.

 

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