Shobu Aikido of Boston moved their dojo from Newton to Somerville last Fall. Since then, they have been introducing themselves and making friends around the neighborhood. Tonight, the Shobu folks hosted a free sake tasting and Aikido demonstration at Grand in Somerville.
Gleason Sensei gave a dynamic demonstration as he explained some of the fundamental principles of Aikido. For about twenty minutes, the crowd had a chance to see those principles in action.
We took quite a few photos at the demonstration. When we reviewed the images afterward, we made an interesting observation. In most of the photos, there is a blur whirling around Gleason Sensei, but he remains mostly in focus. We realized that it is because he moved a lot less then everyone else... kind of like the calm in the center of the storm. This was one of the principles of Aikido that Gleason Sensei discussed with the audience: that of taking your attacker's balance while maintaining your own.
After the demonstration, folks had a chance to mingle, ask more questions, and chat with some of the Shobu Aikido students. Somerville is a great city and the event was a nice way to meet some of the locals. We think Shobu of Aikido will be a good addition to the neighborhood.
If you missed tonight's event, don't worry. You can observe a class at the Shobu Aikido dojo for free at any time. There may even be sake if your timing is right :-) [Permalink]- Shobu Aikido Demo