I do plan to do more posting in Oriented once I get the dojo going. I’m still waiting for my matting (Tatamis) which seem to be taking forever. I am the instructor 3rd Dan. I have been practicing Aikido for about 8 years now. Last year my teacher had a lot of health problems so I took over many of the classes at his dojo in Nei Hu. Finally due to his health, family urgings and the Junior High school where the dojo was located wanted to use the space, he closed down. I’m starting a small dojo in my house, about 5 minutes up the mountain from Nei Hu’s Da Hu Park. It’s about 12 Tatamis in size. Not real big but should be ok for 5-7 people at one time. If it seems that enough people are interested then we’ll think about getting something bigger in the city. When my previous instructor Huang Laosher (5th Dan) gets healthier, he may do some of the classes at my dojo as well.
I teach more standard Aikido, not as much grappling and as violent as the Aiki-jujitsu. Sorry we don’t do a lot of punching, almost none. Most of our punching or kicking (also almost none) is done primarily to off balance or distract not to inflict harm. we do a lot of throwing, joint locking and using the opponents energy against them. Different aikido teachers of course have different styles; some prefer to teach it more like a dance others teach more like meditation and still others teach it quite violently. I like to keep a balance in everything I do, so this would also fall over into the Aikido classes. My philosophy is that even though one of the primarily objectives in Aikido is to control the situation without doing harm and I agree with this, I still feel that it is a Martial Art and we should not forget that. Even though I have never studied with Steven Seagal I like his approach to aikido, which is that it must be usable in real situations. So I try to incorporate this into the classes while still maintaining the traditional values and forms of the art.