and activities at Nishinkan dojo are carried out in accordance with
traditional Japanese methods of Budo training.
New members all begin their
training in the beginners division. Here strong emphasis is placed
on the following areas:
- Learning excellent
posture and basic body movements.
- Maintaining the appropriate
distance from one’s partner at all times
- The correct application
of the basic techniques of Aikido
- How to receive Aikido
- Proper body management
i.e. the correct use of the legs and hips and a relaxed but strong
upper body both in the performance of techniques and in receiving
- Correct breathing
- The proper care of
one’s partner while executing techniques so that practice
may be conducted in a safe but effective manner
New members remain in the
beginners division for a period of weeks to months depending on their
progress until they are allowed to progress to the general practice
division. Once in the general division they are expected to help in
maintaining the dojo, in particular in cleaning the Tatami (practice
mats) and Dojo after practice.
In the general division
members are able to train in greater depth and to develop themselves
through the following:
- General and advanced
body art classes - immobilisations and throwing techniques against
a range of attacks, attacks with weapons, and attacks by multiple
- Weapons classes training
in the use of the Sword (Bokken) and Staff (Jo) in accordance with
- Iaido training –
the use of the Japanese sword (Katana) in solo practice forms.
- Meditation –
Zazen meditation to develop concentration and awareness.
- Training at seminars
in Valencia with visiting teachers as well as seminars abroad .
Training at seminars is of great importance to train with other
teachers as well as training with Aikido students outside ones normal
On saturday mornings there
are also special training sessions. Ask your sensei first to go.