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Takemusu Aikido Association

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Bill Witt Builds the Bridge to Iwama

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Jo and Bokken Suburi

Riai - Combining Weapons and Taijutsu

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J.S. Reynolds C.C. Aikido Syllabus

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Ann Dew's Aikido Training Tea

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Aikido Eastside's Practical Self-Defense Reading List

Tozando Co. Ltd., Kyoto

Bujin Design

Sei Do Kai Custom Made Jo's and Bokkens

Zanshin Art Weapons bags and Aikido Art

The Kyota Co.
2326 N. Charles St.
Baltimore, MD 21218
410-366-3540 (fax)

Aikido of Arlington, Yvonne Thelwell

Aikido in Fredericksburg, Aviv Goldsmith

Aikido of Northern Virginia, Jim Sorrentino

Takemusu Aiki Dojo, East Coast Division, Gloucester City, NJ

Aikido Journal

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Bujin Newsletter

Aiki Communications ... The website of Bryan Park Aikido, J.S. Reynolds Community College Aikido Club and the Randolph-Macon College Aikido Club, all in the Richmond, Va., area ... Affiliated with the Takemusu Aikido Association ... Direct lineage from Iwama ... Call 804-477-4533  ... Click here for practice schedule ...

... Tim Sheldon, 6th Dan, Dojo Cho ...

Lineage: Morihei Ueshiba, Morihiro Saito, William Witt

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Training fee: $55 per month for non-students. Ueshiba
practices kokyu
in Iwama. Saito Shihan demonstrates technique with son, Hitohiro.

Sensei___Sensei.JPG (71579 bytes)Bill Witt Shihan, left, and Tim Sheldon at Randolph-Macon Seminar, Oct. 8, 2006


billwitt.jpg (1886 bytes)Bill Witt, Mark Larson Teaming up at Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, Va., Nov. 17-18, 2118


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  • Witt Visiting New Shin Dojo in Spotsylvania Dec. 5-6, 2009

(Drawing top left, Bryan Park view by Susan Moore.)

Training at J.S. Reynolds C.C.

The principle training site for Bryan Park Aikido is the gym, Room B105,  at J.S. Reynolds Community College, 1701 E. Parham Rd., between Woodman and Brook roads. Chief Instructor Tim Sheldon teaches Aikido I and II  on Tuesday and Thursday evenings during the school year as part of Physical Education curriculum. See calendar for complete training schedule. Click here for syllabus.

Year-Round, All-Weather Outdoor Training

timesdispatch.jpg (294226 bytes)Bryan Park Aikido's outdoor, all-weather Jo (wooden staff) and bokken (wooden sword) practices continue year-round. The outdoor training includesTaijutsu practice, where the blending movement is practiced without the fall.

There are also separate running suburi practices. We run a one-mile route through the park, stopping at intervals to practice suburi, kumijo and kumitachi. We also do rolling, downhill and uphill, at one point during the run.

The training site is Bryan Park, near the intersection of Bryan Park and Westlake avenues.

Riai - In Aikido, the weapons training is the same as the hand-to-hand training. The basic movement of kotegaeshi or shihonage, for instance, can be done with or without the bokken. This interrelationship of the weapons and hand-to-hand training is called Riai. O'Sensei conducted most of his Riai training in Iwama. You can develop excellent strength and definition in your Aikido techniques by practicing Riai, combining weapons and hand-to-hand training.

The Value of Morning Practice

"You practice early every morning. Why ?

"Master Ueshiba practiced early in the morning, Master Tsuda as well ; I continue to practice early in the morning. That's the first reason. The second reason is that only those who are very determined, very well motivated, come in the morning, because to be here at this time, you must get up at around 5:30 AM. In the morning we are fresher than at the end of the day and it's easier to practice “non-doing”, at least for beginners. We are also more “involuntary” - still a bit half asleep, we are not yet entirely into our “social being” that we use during the day, to encounter others and go about our work : smile when we should, or not; say “thank you”, etc. In the morning we arrive at the dojo still clean, not very structured yet, and there is something more authentic there."

From an interview with Regis Soavi,
by Monica Rossi, “Arti d'Oriente”, February 1999
Discussing the teaching of Itsuo Tsuda (1914-1984)
Aikido Journal


Katadori Sankyo Omotewaza: John Rhode, left, and Sarah Montgonery, Bryan Park, 12-30-06.

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Katadori Nikkyo Urawaza: Peggy Truett, left, and Sarah Montgonery, Bryan Park, 12-30-06.

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