Chichibu Aunkai Retreat (April 11 – 14, 2020)

Aunkai International is proud to announce our annual retreat in Chichibu, Japan. This time, it will be open to anyone who has participated in an Aunkai seminar.

Come join us and experience training with people from all over the world, surrounded by the dense nature of Chichibu!

Contact us at the email address provided on the flyer, or via the contact information on our website, and let us know which dates you can attend.

More information will be made available in due course here on our website.

Since space is limited, we urge people to secure their spots early.

Akuzawa sensei looks forward to seeing everyone of you.

2019-09-23 Tokyo Open Seminar

Overview

One-day Aunkai Open Seminar in Tokyo given by Akuzawa sensei.

Theme: Learning to use centerline (seichūsen) and center of gravity (Jūshin)

For some, centerline might refer to the anatomical centerline found in many textbooks.

The Aunkai works with a different kind of centerline — one that only reveals its merits in a martial context once the practitioner can feel it. This centerline is the basis for the Aunkai many unique and effective movements.

In this seminar, we will walk you through the process of posture and movements needed to “feel” this centerline.

This centerline is a very concrete proprioceptive feeling that was developed from the usage of bladed weapons.

Understanding this organization of the body can lend itself to producing devastating strikes, incredibly effective throws with little effort, all of which can be used in a variety of martial disciplines.

  • Date: 23rd September 2019 (Monday—public holiday)
  • Venue: Musashinodai Primary School Gym Hall, Nakano-ku, Tokyo (Access information)
    Address: 5–1–1 Kami-Saginomiya, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 165–0031
  • Time: 13:00–16:30
  • Fee: 6000 JPY
  • Application: please use online application form.
    Note: direct participation without prior application is not permitted.

Further Information

  • Participation: 18 years or older and in good health.
  • Clothing/footwear: clothing easy to move around in; indoor shoes (barefoot also OK).
  • Other: please bring own water/drinks, towels.
  • Dinner reservation: post-seminar dinner with Akuzawa sensei is planned (expected cost approximately 3000 JPY). A great time to ask questions, mix and mingle, and benefit from each other’s experiences.
    Confirmations can be made in advance, with finalization during seminar break.

April 2019 France Seminar

From 11th–23rd April 2019, Akuzawa sensei taught seminars in France, first an intensive seminar aimed at black-belts and repeat attendees in Lyons, followed by an open seminar for general attendance in Paris.

Lyons Intensive Seminar


After long years of training, Philippe and Antonio attained their black belt ranking. Congratulations!

Paris Open Seminar


2019-03-21 Tokyo Open Seminar

Overview

One-day Aunkai Open Seminar in Tokyo given by Akuzawa sensei.
Theme: Training striking techniques for competition.

The focus on this seminar is the application of internal body usage to striking techniques useful for competition.

Owing to space considerations, participation is restricted to 15 persons. Note that a minimum of one year of experience in martial arts training and competition is required.

  • Date: 21st March 2019 (Thursday—public holiday)
  • Venue: Kami-Saginomiya Dai-Ni Apartment Assembly Room, Nakano-ku, Tokyo (Access information)
    Address: 4-chome Kami-Saginomiya, Nakano-ku, Tokyo 165-0031
  • Time: 13:00-16:00
  • Fee: 8000 JPY
  • Application: please use online application form.
    Note: direct participation without prior application is not permitted.

Further Information

  • Participation: 18 years or older and in good health.
  • Clothing/footwear: clothing easy to move around in; indoor shoes (barefoot also OK).
  • Other: please bring own water/drinks, towels.
  • Dinner reservation: post-seminar dinner with sensei is planned (expected cost approximately 3000 JPY). A great time to ask questions, mix and mingle, and benefit from each other’s experiences.
    Confirmations can be made in advance, with finalization during seminar break.

2018-10 France Seminar

Akuzawa sensei visited France in October 2018 for a seminar.

French instructor Kias was kind enough to allow us to put up the following photos taken during the seminar.
Merci beaucoup😊

10/20-21 Black belt seminar

10/22-25 Intensive seminar

10/27-28 Open seminar

2018-09-17 Tokyo Open Seminar Report

Report of the Aunkai Open Seminar, given by Minoru Akuzawa sensei, successfully held on 2018-09-17.

Participants came from as far away as Nagano. And despite being autumn, the day was hot as summer, resulting in frequent water breaks.

Sensei concentrated on teaching the essentials of “relaxing” (in Japanese, “Chikara wo nuku”).

While some strength is needed, essentially, when changing posture and form, the parts used vary. As a teaching tool, one method of learning this with the elbow was introduced.

In this drill, the elbow is lifted while the partner is hanging vertically at the end of the wrist. The way of using the whole body from the feet and hips across the back and shoulders to lift the elbow is then the same as that use to strike with the fist, as sensei then demonstrated against pads—with the perceived weight the penetrative power of the strike a great surprise to the recipient!

One interpretation of “relaxing” in this particular case is to not use strength to interfere with the operation of the intended parts. However, just relaxing loosely is also useless; the correct posture to facilitate relaxation is necessary.

The next step was accepting and returning a pushing force against the hips from the front, and later from the side, but accepting and then returning to the original position by the release of the tension built up by accepting.

This was a great drill to learn the natural position, and accepting movement, required for the hips to work efficiently.

Building on the previous drills, sensei then had us go through a drill where the partner would push on the hands semi-freely, and the practitioner would try to accept and return the force without putting strength into the elbows.

The seminar provided a good change to touch people outside of the Aunkai training group.
Each partner’s individuality in performing drills was a chance to re-calibrate one’s own understanding of one’s body, and different errors came to light for correct.

It was brought home once more how despite the overt power evident in sensei’s movements, the core of the power comes from a detailed understanding and use of posture.

After the seminar a gathering for dinner was held close by, a happy conclusion to the hard work.

We are very grateful to all the participants, and to sensei for his valuable teaching.

2018-08-19 Traditional Martial Arts Collaborative Seminar: Yuki Nakai and Minoru Akuzawa

A one-day Traditional Martial Arts Collaborative Seminar will be held on 19th August 2018 at Paraestra Tokyo.

Teachers:

  • Jujutsu master Yuki Nakai
  • Aunkai founder Minoru Akuzawa

Format:

First half (2 hours): Nakai sensei
Second half (2 hours): Akuzawa sensei

The seminar is of a general nature, anyone interested is welcome to participate, experience not required.
Please apply using the email address listed below.

Details for “Traditional Martial Arts Collaborative Seminar: Yuki Nakai and Minoru Akuzawa”

Date: August 19th, 2018 (Sunday)
Time: 13:00-17:00
Participation fee: 5000 JPY (Paraestra members 3000 JPY)

Venue: Paraestra Tokyo
Address: Caesar Ekoda B1-101, 1-61-3 Toyotama-Kita, Nerima-ku, Tokyo

Closest Station:
(1) Subway Toei Ōedo Line Shin-Ekoda station, A2 exit(1 minute walk)
(2) Seibu Ikebukuro Line Ekoda stations, West exit (6 minute walk)

Applications:

  1. Email to: pare-tyo@pc4.so-net.ne.jp
    Please write the following information in the email:

    1. event name as above
    2. date as above
    3. full name
  2. Participation without prior arrangement is also welcome.

Notes:

Paraestra Home Page Announcement (In Japanese)

Paraestra Home Page (Japanese)

Paraesta Blog (English)

2006-09-18 Tokyo Sanda Seminar Report

I was first introduced to the Aunkai by my friend and colleague, Robert John. From the beginning, I knew we were taking an approach to bujutsu like none I’d ever been exposed to before. The teacher, Minoru Akuzawa, had through his own training and research reduced his bujutsu to nothing but the simplest core elements. Here there would be no wasted movement, no wasted energy, and no wasted time.

Others here and elsewhere have written on the basic principles we use (body axes, centering, rooting, etc.) in much greater detail and in greater depth than I can, so I will leave the reader to explore them on their own. I will also assume the reader knows the rules of sanda and how a sanda match typically proceeds.

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The sanda session we held here in Tokyo on September 18th, 2006, was to be my second attempt at applying those principles against a real live human opponent who would be trying to impose their own will upon me at the same time. My goals this time were the same as they were last time: remain calm, keep my structure intact, claim victory over my own fears and anxieties.

In the last session I accomplished some of those goals, and this time I was hoping to build on the experience and on my training in the interim. I am happy to say that I have made some progress, which I will report for you now.

My match was the first of the evening, and I was paired with a newcomer. A grappler, he is well built for the ground game. For stand-up, however, he seemed far too tense. In a way, this perhaps encouraged me to let go of my own tension, calm down, and deal with his attacks successfully. Of course, I took my own share of hits (including one that gave Mitsuhashi my back and very quickly ended the engagement), but for the most part I gave a good account of myself.

By the end of my match, I knew that I still had to work on pursuing my three goals, but I also knew that if I am able to do this much with little or no time dedicated to sparring practice, then the Aunkai way (Frame <> Principle <> Foundation) must be the real deal.

Watching the rest of the matches that day only reinforced my conclusions. In particular, the need to stay loose and fluid, the need to stay in gthe pocket?Ewith your assailant, and the ultimate futility of a purely technical approach were clear to me.

The next step for me is to constantly be training as though the next sanda session were tomorrow, since the pursuit and ultimately the accomplishment of my three goals can only lead me to one place: total control of the self, and therefore by extension control of my opponent to the point where the idea of gopposition?Eitself becomes unnecessary.

Long live the Aunkai!

(Adam Xavier/Aunkai bujutu class)

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