Here is a group photo of the instructor group attending the Advanced Student Aikido Seminar.
The afternoon course was taught by Dan Casias, Henry Duran and Wade Scoggins and hosted at the Tenchinage Aikido Club in Pueblo.
Casias Sensei discussed the fundamentals of aikido philosophy and training, then followed with demonstrations of each.
One of the most interesting aspects of training with aikido instructors is the similarities in skeletal locking methods in contrast to the method of application.
For instance in Bukyoshin-ryu many "joint locks" are applied by angular force versus the smoother dynamic applications taught in aikido.
Once Dan turned us loose on each other things got interesting.
Henry and Wade work on advanced technique.
In the background to the right you can see "Big Jim Carlo" one of the Kenzan Karate advanced students.
Below Mr. Mulford from Kuk-ki-ryu karate observes as Dan helps his son Alex improve his form.
The CMAIA group offers seminars throughout the year on various arts, their philosophies and education methods. We understand there is no better way to understand a different martial art application than to practice it yourself.
For me the most rewarding part is seeing instructors put into application the ideologies of humility as we all set our ego aside to be placed again into the student mindset.