May 26th – 29th 2023
4-Day Randori Intensive at Aikido Eastside with George Ledyard, Aikido 7th Dan
If any one thing stands out about the Aikido of Mitsugi Saotome Shihan, it is his randori work. The randori demonstrations Saotome Sensei performed during his tenure at the Aikido Hombu dojo. often against armed attackers, were stunning in their speed and intensity. No other teacher seemed to have his mastery of timing and movement. This Randori Intensive is an attempt to provide the principle based foundation for students and teachers to develop that kind of skill set.
The 2023 4-Day Intensive will focus on developing an advanced understanding of multiple attacker principles and strategies. This intensive will not have the weapons work of some past intensives and will have a tight focus on systematically developing the attendee’s randori skills. Attendees should bring their practice weapons…
We will use slow / medium speed flow drills, exercises taken from Systema, reviewing waza skills, and other creative technique to prepare the attendee for any type of Aikido randori. We will practice empty hand randori, small space randori, hanmi handachi randori, randori against tanto, randori against shinai attack and mixed weapons. An emphasis will be placed on applying “aiki” principles in the empty hand technique to make the practitioner more efficient and effective.