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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2017-09-18 Tokyo Open Seminar Report

See Tokyo Open Seminar 2017-09-18 for seminar announcement. This post is a report after the seminar, given by Aunkai founder Akuzawa Minoru, in which sensei gave explicit guidance on how to use the kua and chest to control the arms and overall body usage, in an approach intended to be useful for martial artists in competition and sparring.

Impression and Report

Despite the location being on the outskirts of Tokyo, it turned out to be very successful and a pleasurable experience for all participants, who enjoyed the intensive time spent on partner exercises designed to give feedback for one’s own training.

Attendees numbered 14, with about half being members from the Aunkai organization, as well as a few repeat attendees who had experienced Akuzawa sensei’s seminars before. Among the new attendees was a gentleman from Kyushu, and one who had seen sensei’s interview on Youtube, as well as a lady boxing practitioner.

Sensei began the seminar with detailed versions of walking exercises, where one partner pushed on the other’s chest and the pushed person walked backwards without bracing, endeavouring to drop the push down the chest into the kua.
From that exercise, we moved on to walking with both arms extended, elbows straight, hands touching, and attempting to walk without leaning or bracing, using the drop of the chest and the turn of the kua in cooperation.

Since the seminar was 4 hours long, and the day extremely hot after a typhoon the previous day, there were offcial water breaks every hour, and informal ones as the need arose.

The next type of exercise involved one partner standing in wide stance with kua bent, with the other person pushing against the belly in a committed manner, just enough to put the pushed person at the limit of what they could absorb.
The objective from here was to rely on the platform created by kua rotation and chest drop, and use the legs to step and then simply drop, leaving the partner to feel glued or stuck to the belly.

After training pushing against the belly, the push position was changed to the middle of the torso, and then the chest. Feeling oneself on a platform without leaning, having free use of the legs without bracing, and sensing oneself as a unit with the partner attached, was a good introduction to how to deal with an incoming force such as a punch, as sensei demonstrated, handling it at the moment of contact in exactly the same way.

Sensei had participants train two to a staff for a while, to experience moving freely with a solid contact between the two partners. Owing to the heat, this training was done quite lightly, as people concentrated on getting their body to hold the lessons from the previous exercises.

Finally we practiced movement and application against a simple straight punch from the partner, with sensei giving instruction to individuals on how best to adjust their body usage to keep a unit-like sense and avoid using normal strength. This was both relaxing and freeing, a great balance to the constrained exercises.

After the seminar a number of participants joined in for a reserved dinner and chat until late in the evening, gaining even more open discussion with sensei.

Photos

Body coordination training using rokushakubo.

Balance and coordination training.

Body coordination training using rokushakubo.

One of a set of standard Aunkai body coordination exercises.




2017-08-13 Tokyo Free Open Seminar Report

See Free Tokyo Open Seminar 2017-08-13 for seminar announcement. This post is a report after the seminar, given by Aunkai Hanshi Kazuhisa Miyakawa, to offer an introduction to the Aunkai method of training, with its salient points explained in as simple a manner as possible for both beginners and practicing students.

Message from Miyakawa hanshi:

Thank you very much for attending the Aunkai trial seminar on August 13th.
I hope you enjoyed and understood Aunkai method.
I would really like to see you soon again.

Impression and Report

The seminar garnered attention for being free, and is a milestone for the Aunkai organization in being the first seminar in Japan given by Miyakawa hanshi. It turned out to be very successful and a pleasurable experience for all participants, making full use of Miyakawa hanshi’s extensive experience teaching overseas in Europe over the last few years.

Attendees numbered 23, with about 10 members from the Aunkai organization among them, as well as a few repeat attendees who had experienced Akuzawa sensei’s seminars before.

Miyakawa hanshi began with a brief overview of the Aunkai method, demonstrating with French instructor Richard Segissement (kyoshi) as his partner. The main point conveyed were the use of a connected body to transmit center of mass without pushing off the ground, punctuated by demonstrations with the rokushakubo and with empty hands to move the partner seemingly effortlessly, when compared to trying to do the same thing with so-called ordinary strength.

Since the seminar was 3.5 hours long, and the day humid and hot, there were water breaks every 30 minutes or so, giving people time to regain their energy.

The exercises Miyakawa hanshi had participants do are all standard Aunkai partner warm-up exercises, and the focus was purely on feeling a connected body, and obtaining a sensation of affecting the partner through transmission of center of mass with relaxed hips and without any use of the knees or upper body tilting.

Pushout proved to be a popular exercise, as it has been found throughout the world where Aunkai is spread! Finally, some breaking balance exercises were done for the last 20 minutes or so, giving participants a feel for how relatively easily a partner can be affected.

One tanren exercise was shown and practiced together near the end of the seminar: Ten-chi-jin. After working on a connected body and affecting as well as being affected by
the partner, the idea is that it would be easier to grasp the essential elements of the tanren.

After the seminar a number of participants joined in an impromptu dinner and chat until evening, bringing to an end a very enjoyable day of mutual training and learning.

Media and Photos

Miyakawa Kazuhisa hanshi with Richard Segissement kyoshi demonstrating transmission of center of mass.

Miyakawa Kazuhisa hanshi with Richard Segissement kyoshi demonstrating transmission of center of mass.

Miyakawa Kazuhisa hanshi with Richard Segissement kyoshi demonstrating transmission of center of mass.

Miyakawa hanshi demonstrating with Richard Segissement (kyoshi).
Miyakawa hanshi demonstrating with Richard Segissement kyoshi.

Miyakawa hanshi explaining to attentive seminar participants.

Miyakawa hanshi explanation importance of collecting the body together.

Miyakawa hanshi demonstrating transmission with finger against resistance.

Hatta-san and John Robinson practicing transmission of center of mass.

Miyakawa hanshi demonstrating center of mass transmission with seminar participant using a rokushakubo.

Miyakawa hanshi demonstrating center of mass transmission with seminar participant using a rokushakubo
Miyakawa hanshi demonstrating center of mass transmission with seminar participant using a rokushakubo.

Miyakawa hanshi demonstrating partner walking exercise with seminar participant.

Richard Segissement kyoshi practicing partner walking exercise with seminar participant.

Hatta-san and a seminar participant practicing breaking balance (kuzushi).

Glen Braun and a seminar participant practicing breaking balance (kuzushi).

Group photo at end of seminar.

Group photo at end of seminar.

Dinner after seminar.

Dinner after seminar.

2017-08-13 Free Tokyo Open Seminar

Overview
One-day Aunkai Free Open Seminar in Tokyo given by Miyakawa hanshi.
Theme: Introduction to the Aunkai method.

Update: See 2017-08-13 Tokyo Free Open Seminar Report for a report of the seminar.

  • Date: 13th August 2017 (Sunday)
  • Venue: Shinjuku Sports Center, 4th floor Budo Hall(see link for access [Japanese])
  • Time: 12:30-16:00
  • Fee: 400 JPY (per-person Shinjuku Sports Center usage fee)
  • Contact: please use online application form or optionally contact Miyakawa hanshi directly by email. Further information can be found on Miyakwa hanshi’s Facebook page.

Seminar Content
Miyakawa hanshi will cover the basics of bujutsu including posture, breathing, walking, transmission of power, striking, contact, the mechanism of unbalancing, among other things.

Further Information

  • Participation: aimed at anyone interested in martial arts training, from beginner to experienced practitioners, beginners very welcome as always.
  • Clothing/footwear: clothing easy to move around in; indoor shoes (barefoot also OK).
  • Other: please bring own water/drinks, towels.

2017-09-18 Tokyo Open Seminar

Overview
One-day Aunkai Open Seminar in Tokyo given by Akuzawa sensei.
Theme: Cultivation and Implementation

  • Date: 18th September 2017 (Monday—public holiday)
  • Venue: Musashinodai Gym Hall (Access information)
  • Time: 13:00-17:30 (Meeting at 12:30 in front of Assembly Room)
  • Fee: 6000 JPY (Aunkai members: 5000 JPY)
  • Application: please use online application form.

Seminar Contents
The purpose of this seminar is to deepen understanding of the body as
a whole, while learning to build a body independent of physical age.
We will study how to move from forging the body through exercises
designed to integrate the principles, to application in practice.

Akuzawa sensei will diligently coach a method of sparring based on the
principles of bujutsu.

Both beginners and experienced martial artists are welcome, and should
equally find the content of value and interest.

Further Information

  • Participation: aimed at experienced martial arts, beginners very welcome as always.
  • 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.