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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.

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Thanks for your interest in Both Hands Clapping. Jim Redel

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

Open Mat Sunday January 4th: Kata-tori Ude-nage

 
 

Tuesday Evening December 30th: Review

Warm-ups

Warm-ups are now complete

Rolling practice

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

We now know:
---------- Nage Waza ----------------
Irimi-nage (entering throw)
Kokyu-nage (timing throw)
Shiho-nage (4 way throw)
Sayu-nage (left-right throw)
Tenchi-nage (Heaven-earth throw)
Ude-nage A (arm throw, cutting like a sword)

-------- Katame Waza --------------
Kote-kaeshi (wrist turnout)
Ikkyo (1st option)
Nikyo (2nd option)

Review: All

Zen Instruction and Practice

No zazen today (review)

Special Thanks To …

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

Class Video

 
 

Open Mat Sunday December 28th: Kata-tori Tenchi-nage

 
 

Tuesday Evening December 23rd: Nikyo, Tenchi-nage

Warm-ups

Warm-ups are now complete

Rolling practice

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

We now know:
---------- Nage Waza ----------------
Irimi-nage (entering throw)
Kokyu-nage (timing throw)
Shiho-nage (4 way throw)
Sayu-nage (left-right throw)
Ude-nage A (arm throw, cutting like a sword)
-------- Katame Waza --------------
Kote-kaeshi (wrist turnout)
Ikkyo (1st option)
Nikyo (2nd option)

Review: Nikyo(1st option)
Starting: Tenchi-nage (2nd option)

Tenchi-nage is a vital throw - used when you must deal with an attacker face-to-face.

Zen Instruction and Practice

3 Bells, 20 minutes Zazen, 1 Bell

Thanks to Junji as timer. There may be some discomfort the last couple minutes of zazen. If you have serious pain early on (say after 5 or 10 minutes), keep playing with your cushion height or leg positions or both. Both seiza and cross-legged are totally legitimate postures. If neither work, sitting in a chair is also quite acceptable.

Special Thanks To …

Mial, Junji, Mark, Rick, Paul V, Simon, Lochlin, Rich and Crystal.

Class Video

 
 

Open Mat Sunday December 21st: Kata-tori Kote-kaeshi

 
 

Thursday Evening December 18th: Ikkyo, Nikyo

Warm-ups

Warm-ups are now complete

Breakfall practice
There are three main reasons to study breakfalls:

  • You need to know how to protect someone who is doing a breakfall
  • They force you to relax and just go for it
  • They are a good feedback on the connection between thrower and throwee

Remember that breakfalls are really just exotic forward rolls. Always turn to get yourself in a good rolling position before the throw. Also remember that your feet will go almost directly over you head.

Aikido Instruction and Practice

We now know:
---------- Nage Waza ----------------
Irimi-nage (entering throw)
Kokyu-nage (timing throw)
Shiho-nage (4 way throw)
Sayu-nage (left-right throw)
Ude-nage A (arm throw, cutting like a sword)
-------- Katame Waza --------------
Kote-kaeshi (wrist turnout)
Ikkyo (1st option)

Review: Ikkyo(1st option)
Starting: Nikyo (2nd option)

We traditionally study nikyo as an option off of ikkyo. To that end, nikyo starts off as an ikkyo and then transitions into the classic nikyo positioning.

Zen Instruction and Practice

3 Bells, 20 minutes Zazen, 1 Bell

Thanks to Mark as timer

Special Thanks To …

Mark, Rick, Rich, Simon, Lochlin, Paul R, Lam, Crystal and Chris. Brian had to leave, was not feeling well - hope things are better today Brian.

Class Video