The Aikido Demonstrations at the World Combat Games

Toshio-Suzuki-photo-by-SonobePhotoStudio-400pxToshio Suzuki Sensei. Photo by Sonobe Photo Studio.There is no competition in aikido, so the IAF aikido participation in the World Combat Games consists of demonstrations only.  These are divided into five blocks with separate themes for the national teams to demonstrate. At the end, the three Shihan expert teachers give their aikido demonstrations.

In addition to giving the participants the opportunity of showing the skills they have reached by dedicated training, the demonstrations set out to show the depth and breadth of aikido and at the same time make it dynamic as much as possible. Also there is special attention to demonstrate that women and men can effectively practice aikido together as equals.

The succession of themes is such that they increase the levels of dynamics and skills needed, as the programme progresses from the first to the last block.

Monday, 21 October 2013
Block One, 14:00 – 16:00

Objectives:

  1. Basic aikido taisabaki, body movements in the techniques
  2. Response to specific attacks
  3. Basic techniques in free style

The block starts with demonstrations by the Japanese team, then the Russian one, and it ends with the same two nations.

Block Two, 18:00 – 20:00

Objectives:

  1. Aikido applied techniques by gender
  2. Response to specific attacks or holds
  3. Applied techniques in free style

Attention is given to highlight gender equality in aikido practice, regarding both nage (the one doing the aikido techniques, also called tori) and uke (the one being thrown or pinned). It ends with demonstrations by the Russian and Japanese teams, showing applied techniques in free style.

Tuesday, 22 October 2013
Block Three and Four, 14:00 – 16:00

During Block Three, demonstrations include as much variety of techniques as possible, with a balanced mix between projections and immobilizations. At each demonstration, two national teams share the tatami (the mat).

Block Four starts with free style practice, which should primarily contain basic techniques. The last three demonstrations are aikido techniques against weapon attacks: the French team shows techniques against jo (staff), the Russian team shows techniques against ken (sword) and tanto (knife), and the Japanese team shows defense against tanto (knife).

Block Five, 18:00 – 20:00
The last block starts with demonstrations by three multi-national teams, followed by the teams of Russia, Wim van Gils, Bruno Gonzales and Japan, ending with demonstrations by the Shihan teachers: Ulf Evenås, Christian Tissier and Tsuruzo Miyamoto.

After Block Five, the closing ceremony of the aikido demonstrations follows, with a final bow headed by the Aikido Ambassador, speech by the IAF Chairman, and the handing out of Certificates of Participation.

Training and Preparations
Training and preparation for the participants, under the direction of the Shihan expert instructors and the Technical Delegate, will be held:

Sunday 20 October, 08:00 – 09:00 (GZ), 10:00 – 14:15 (VAP), 15:30 – 17:30 (SKK)
Monday 21 October, 08:00 – 09:15 (GZ), 10:00 – 12:00 (SKK)
Tuesday 22 October, 08:00 – 09:15 (GZ), 10:00 – 12:00 (SKK)

(VAP=Volleyball Academy Platonov, SCC=SSC Peterbursky, GZ=Gazprom venue)