For new visitors, this is primarily a working site to let students know what we covered if they have to miss a class. If you scroll through the posts, you will see that they are all class summaries, most of which include a video …

We are a unique Albuquerque Aikido school in that we combine both Zen and Aikido training into a single curriculum – integrating zazen (seated Zen meditation) into every Aikido class. We certainly urge you to look around. If you are absolutely new to Aikido, check out the About Aikido page. If you want to know a bit more about Zen and Aikido, check out the About BHC page. Read student comments here.

Note that we only accept new students four times a year and our next window for enrollment will be the spring session starting in mid-February. You can follow this link for more info.Our noon class is tailored to the ‘over 50′ crowd, and you can find more info about that class here.

Aikido is a great martial art … combining Zen and Aikido is the ultimate. If you can’t wait until February to start your training in Zen and Aikido, here are several other Albuquerque Aikido schools that you may want to look into.

Always happy to answer any of your questions, you can leave a comment or see the Contact page. You are certainly welcome to observe a class. This past winter session filled completely, so you can e-mail me to request a spot on the waiting list for the upcoming spring session. Last, you can subscribe here to receive notices of all upcoming classes

Thanks for your interest in Both Hands Clapping. Jim Redel

Evening Class – Thursday February 26th

 
 

Evening Class – Tuesday February 24th

 
 

Open Mat Sunday February 22nd: Yokomen-uchi Shiho-nage

 
 

Evening Class – Tuesday February 17th

 
 

Open Mat Sunday February 15th: Yokomen-uchi Ude-nage

 
 

Winter Session Demonstration

 
 

Open Mat Sunday January 18th: Kata-tori Sankyo

 
 

Open Mat Sunday January 11th: Kata-tori Ikkyo, Nikyo

 
 

Thursday Evening January 8th: Free Practice

Warm-ups

Warm-ups are now complete Breakfall practice using a Zenpo-nage throw. I've heard this style of throw called basebaru (the Japanese for 'baseball'). I like to think of it as the 2nd baseman making a relay throw to the plate. The throw comes in from the center fielder, the 2nd baseman catches it, pivots and throws to the plate, all in one motion.

Aikido Instruction and Practice

Week 9 is free practice. These are collaborative efforts in small groups. Each group will determine which throws to practice.

Zen Instruction and Practice

3 Bells, 20 minutes zazen, 1 Bell

Special Thanks To …

Mial, Junji, Mark, Rick, Simon, Rich, Lochlin, Lam and Crystal

Class Video

 
 

Tuesday Evening January 6th: Free Practice

Warm-ups

Warm-ups are now complete

Rolling practice using a Zenpo-nage throw. I've heard this style of throw called basebaru (the Japanese for 'baseball'). I like to think of it as the 2nd baseman making a relay throw to the plate. The throw comes in from the center fielder, the 2nd baseman catches it, pivots and throws to the plate, all in one motion.

Remember that rolling drills often incorporate an actual throw. Treat these as rolling drills first, throws second. You must take care of your partner who is putting his/her well-being into your trust.

Aikido Instruction and Practice

Week 9 is free practice. These are collaborative efforts in small groups. Each group will determine which throws to practice.

Zen Instruction and Practice

3 Bells, 20 minutes zazen, 1 Bell

Special Thanks To …

Mial, Junji, Mark, Simon, Paul V, Paul R, Chris and Lam. Lochlin was observing.

Class Video