A Weekend with Ikeda Shihan

This past weekend, I was fortunate enough to be able to participate in an Aikido seminar taught by Hiroshi Ikeda Shihan (shihan means master teacher). It was extra special as it was an all-weapons seminar—something that, as I understand it, isn’t something that Ikeda Shihan does very often.

It was so great to get to learn once again from someone that actually studied in person with O Sensei (the founder of Aikido)! I will admit that I did feel a bit inept here and there during the course of the weekend’s training. Then again, so did a number of black belts who have been doing this far longer than I.

All in all, I definitely learned some valuable lessons and enjoyed the seminar immensely!

Bonus: Tiffany got to participate in her first weapons-centric Aikido seminar :-)

Sword Time at the Seminar
Photo by Jiai Aikido