Thoughts on Keiko (2)- by Ariga Sensei

Ariga Sensei’s 2020 European Autumn Tour of Slovakia, Austria and Germany was also cancelled due to the Pandemic. JuShinKan Aikido took the initiative to instead organize another multidojo online event with Ariga Sensei… over 100 joined from all over the world! One of the questions during the event provoqued some thoughts that Ariga Sensei wanted to shared with us.

Again, about words and practice… it is a balancing act to know how much, or even which words to use when trying to convey a feeling when explaining something during practice… sometimes even the sound of the words have clues, like Uki Uki Yaru (うきうきやる) which google says means ‘exciting’ but is meant as ‘do cheerfully’. Here are Ariga Sensei’s thoughts about the subject, do keep this in mind for future online pratice, packed in a layer of inner cheerfulness! Enjoy! – Jacqueline von Arb

Kokyu

—-written by: Ariga Sensei, Saku Dojo, 22 October 2020—-

There are many expressions using the words “Kokyu”.

Su-u (breathe in), Haku (breathe out), Awaseru (synchronize), Yomu (read), Matomeru (collect), etc.  In Aikido, we also use the words Kokyu-ryoku.

Generally, I think the words “breathe in” and “breathe out” are the expressions for our movements . We also use the words Kokyu wo awaseru in our daily life, and it expresses our movements and intensions with our partners. In Budo , we use the words “read Kokyu”.

In my keiko, I use the words “breathing off”, Hotobiraseru (let it melt and expand), Hodoku (unwind or release) or Tokasu (let it melt). These words also came from my internal sense, like other words, and you may not be able to find clear meanings even if you use a dictionary. Some words are not described anyway.

As a way of Kokyu, I think it is not only doing “inhale” or “exhale”, but also it is “circulating” the breath through the body. When I am moving, I perceive that I am not breathing in or out, but circulating the collected breath through my body and using it. When I heard the story of  women divers that they try to circulate their retained breath through their body during their dive, I was certain that “circulating the breath” was real.

From here, I will try my best to explain these sense words and would like to share with you. I will use “Water” as an example.

Kokyu wo matomeru (collect Kokyu)  Solid –> Ice  

The state of collected breath in Tanden.   Breathe in  <Step1>

Hara (Tanden) will rise, like a ball full of air.

 Kokyu wo Hodoku (unwind or release the breath), Hotobiraseru (let the breath melt and expand), Tokasu (let the breath melt)  Liquid –> Water. The process of circulating the collected breath.  Breathing off   <Step2>

(In Japan, the word “off” is sometimes used when one is at ease. Here the word “off” comes from this feeling).

If you let this melted breath explode, it will become a gas and Kokyu-nage, and if you wrap up your partner in, the gas will become a “Spring sunlight” and it will  not  be “he or I” but a sense of unity, I believe that it is the state of Aiki <Step3>

I think it is important to explode the Kokyu just a little before the Spring sunlight (still your partner’s core exists) when thinking about the timing for applying the technique. When you reach the state of Spring sunlight, you will be able to build a peaceful and comfortable relationship with your partner, and the border between you and your partner will be blurry and become one, then it will not be necessary to do Kata any more. The important thing here is that either Explosion or Spring sunlight, they don’t have a certain direction. They will expand toward all directions. If they just expand toward a specific direction, this will cause a tension or stiffness.

Take a breath in and collect it in Tanden (Step1), circulate the collected breath through the body. (The things occur between Step1 and Step2, how to use Step1) Unwind and release the circulated breath, and let it melt (Step2). For Step2, if you let it explode and apply technique, it will become a gas. It will change from Ice (solid) to Water (liquid), and become the state of Spring sunlight (gas), that is Step3. The state of Step 3 is just to exist as it is. There is no intention toward your partner, or attachment or need toward the techniques, it is a unity of a harmonious world.

There is a clear border between Step1 and 2, but not  between Step 2 and 3, because some of them become a gas in the process of melting. When you use a melted breath to apply technique, it will become a “gas”, but if you don’t use it, then it will become a “Spring sunlight”.

For example, the movement from Gyaku-hanmi Katatedori.

  1. Do tenkan and position yourself next to your partner, collect kokyu. ( Step1)
  2. Melt the collected breath (unwind or release, and melt and expand), try to be the state that you are connected to your partner. (Step2)
  3. If you explode your breath in a early stage of melting ( still your partner’s core exists), it will become Kokyu-nage.
  4. If you expand the melted breath and wrap up your partner in, it will become the state of Spring sunlight and your partner will be empty.  *  This is a state of a unity, no border between others.

If you write it down, it looks like a long period of time but please try to think that 2,3 and 4 will happen within a second.

My study for now is, to have this state of Spring sunlight always. This is “Doing myself”

We tend to be aware of outward things, like your partner or the outcome.  I feel the importance of the words that Endo sensei sometimes uses during keiko “Recognize yourself, do you know what you are doing right now?”. For those who can’t do contact Aikido because of COVID, or those who are doing online-keiko, I think there are many things that we can’t do right now, but it is a big chance that we can bring our awareness inward.  Now, it may be the time to work by being aware of “Kokyu” and “Being comfortable”.

October 22, 2020    Saku dojo    Ariga Kaname

Thoughts on Keiko (1)- by Ariga Sensei

Ariga Sensei’s 2020 Scandinavian Tour of Norway and Finland had to be cancelled due to the Pandemic. Instead, JuShinKan Aikido took the initiative to organize an online event with Ariga Sensei, wherein the class would be held in Saku Dojo in Japan, while being projected on the dojo wall in Stavanger. We decided to open the event to all interested and had attendees from around the world. (see album from the 20. june zoom practice). After the event, Ariga Sensei shared his thoughts.

About words and practice… it is a balancing act to know how much, or even which words to use when trying to convey a feeling when explaining something during practice… sometimes even the sound of the words have clues, like Uki Uki Yaru (うきうきやる) which google says means ‘exciting’ but is meant as ‘do cheerfully’. Here are Ariga Sensei’s thoughts about the subject, do keep this in mind for future online pratice, packed in a layer of inner cheerfulness! Enjoy! – Jacqueline von Arb

Doing myself!

—-written by: Ariga Sensei, Saku Dojo, 10 July 2020—-

Due to the effect of Covid 19, there are many changes to our keiko  and also to our life. I appreciate all medical workers for their efforts to protect our health. Also I am hoping that the situation for all people who are suffering from Covid19 will go better direction.

Comparing the situation before the Covid19, we don’t have much time to spend together with other dojo’s friends, or to do contact keiko.

After resuming the classes, we do keiko using a Jo more often. This keiko is not doing “ weapons techniques “ but rather, to reconsider the basic of “unarmed techniques“. From this keiko, we can recognize how much our movements had been relying on “Strength“ or “Cheating“. By having even a small intention of the effect on our partner or the outcome, your fingers, or to the place where you are being grabbed, this can cause such a big bad influence on your situation.

The phrases from my respectful seniors reach my core.

  • Loosen up your tension.
  • Recognize yourself.
  • The relationship between the Haras.
  • The state of your feeling should be comfortable. (Be comfortable)

All words have their own meanings and they are coming into my core.

“ Doing myself “ is a strange phrase either in Japanese or in English. However, this grammatically wrong phrase is now very important to me.

“ Doing myself “ includes many meanings.

  • Try not to expect anything from your partner.
  • Try not to care about the outcome.
  • Try not to be emotional.
  • Try not to get stressed.
  • Be free and positive while you are in the stress.
  • Try not to be stagnated.

Many phrases are coming out.  If we look for the word, which can integrate all the meanings of these phrases, I believe it will be Aiki.

During my keiko, I tend to use words, which are unclear or vague. For me, that word fits exactly at that moment. That is like onomatopoeia where a word can express a sound. This means that you can use it with different words or you can even interpret it differently.

  • Do it cheerfully.
  • Positive movement, negative movement.
  • Try not to get into the dark side.
  • Pass over the center line.
  • A spell of Atari and Musubi.
  • A sense foot, a switch foot.

I think there are more like these, but these phrases, which my perception and thought at that time came out from inside of me as a sound of the words, many of them may be forgotten.

Right now, “Doing myself“  is the one.

At least 10 years from now, I would like to do keiko with this phrase. I would be grateful if these vague words can be helpful somehow in your Aikido and in your real life.

10/07/2020 Saku dojo       Ariga Kaname

New restrictions? New solutions!

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So… new local restrictions were implemented on 10. November, where all sports for adults over 20 is prohibited until 7. Decembre. It is, however, still allowed to attend non-sports leisure activities (max 10 people) or events (max 20 people) as long as the 1 meter rule can be upheld.

We used the week to get properly informed and brainstorm, and here are our solutions, that cater both for those who want to practice physically (that will be online) and those who’d prefer to meet up in the dojo to learn more *about* aikido (that would be a lecture). All this in a slightly different format than the spring classes.
How to attend online? see the schedule tab, where you will find the necessary link to join the classes + tips about online classes.

  • 1. Monday, 19.30-20.30: Physical class from home (online)!

This class will have a traditional warm-up, some taisabaki, a little ukemi (receiving a technique) and a part of a qigong form used by Jan Nevelius.
After a few weeks, we’ll be putting the form together and hopefully be able to attend one of Nevelius Sensei’s Qigong sessions. Taught by Jac.

  • 2. Thursday, 19-20: in dojo (or online) lecture about aikido

An added plus is that we can meet in person, socialize with the correct distance, and enjoy a deeper look at different aspects of aikido. Bob, assisted by Jac, will dig in his years of experience and share things that we often don’t have the chance or time to delve into in regular classes.
Come to the dojo – or follow the class online, as you prefer.

  • 3: Events: Movie Evening! Let’s enjoy a good Martial Arts movie on the dojo wall!

Another way to be social safely – let’s watch a Samurai movie together!
Most likely a Saturday here and there!

  • Take a piece of the dojo home

The dojo belongs to all the members. If you can’t be at the dojo, take a piece of the dojo home and create your own mini home dojo (max 4 m2, that is 2 big judo mats (2×1 m), or up to 4 small judo mats (1×1 m). Contact Jac (98250628 or aikimama@gmail.com) to have safe access and registration of the loan. Register your loan!

  • Creative membership – financial adaptation

Keep in mind: JuShinKan is a club, as such, all members are responsible for the club, and in these challenging times, we are working overtime to adapt, find solutions and keep the activities going. The club’s expenses however, do stay the same, especially the rent and the administration – so if you are able to, please keep the membership going so we can keep practicing together online and keep the dojo in good order!

That being said, if you are encountering challenges, do contact Jacqueline and we’ll figure out a temporary arrangement until the situation normalizes (in confidence of course), so you can keep practicing with us.

*************** NORSK **************

Nye restriksjoner? Nye løsninger!

Så … nye lokale restriksjoner ble implementert 10. november, der all idrett for voksne over 20 år er forbudt til 7. desember. Det er fortsatt tillatt å delta i fritidsaktiviteter som ikke er sportslige (maks 10 personer) eller arrangementer (maks 20 personer), alt så lenge 1 meter-regelen kan holdes.

Vi brukte uken til å bli ordentlig informert og brainstorme, og her er løsningene våre, som imøtekommer både de som ønsker å trene fysisk (som vil være online) og de som foretrekker å møte opp i dojo for å lære mer * om * aikido. Alt dette i et litt annet format enn vårklassene.
Hvordan delta online? i “schedule” fanen finner man den nødvendige lenken for å delta i online timene + tips om online deltakelse.

  • 1. Mandag, 19.30-20.30: Fysisk trening hjemmefra (på zoom)!

Denne timen vil inneholde en tradisjonell oppvarming, litt taisabaki (kroppsforflytning), litt ukemi (det å motta en teknikk) og en del av en Jan Nevelius’ qigong-form. Etter noen uker vil vi sette sammen formen og forhåpentligvis kunne delta på en av Nevelius Sensei’s Qigong-økter. Undervist av Jac.

  • 2. Torsdag 19-20: foredrag om aikido, i dojo (eller online)

Et pluss er at vi kan møtes og sosialisere litt med riktig avstand, og nyte en dypere dykk i forskjellige aspekter av aikido. Bob, assistert av Jac, vil grave i sine mange års erfaring og dele ting som vi ofte ikke har sjansen eller tid til å fordype oss i vanlige timer. Dette kan du også delta i online.

  • 3: Arrangement: Filmkveld! Hva med en god kampsport eller samurai film på dojo veggen?

En annen måte å være sosial på en trygg måte – la oss se en Samurai-film sammen! Mest sannsynlig en lørdag her og der! Blir annonsert på FB og Whatsapp.

  • Ta hjem et stykke dojo

The dojo belongs to all the members. If you can’t be at the dojo, take a piece of the dojo home and create your own mini home dojo (max 4 m2, that is 2 big judo mats (2×1 m), or up to 4 small judo mats (1×1 m). Contact Jac (98250628 or aikimama@gmail.com) to have safe access and registration of the loan. Register your loan!

  • Creative membership – financial adaptation

Ta i betraktning at JuShinKan er en idrettsklubb og som det er alle medlemmer ansvarlige for klubben. I disse utfordrende tider jobber klubben nå overtid for å tilpasse seg, finne løsninger og holde tilbud og aktiviteter i gang. Klubbens utgifter forblir imidlertid de samme, spesielt husleien og administrasjonen – så hvis du er i stand til det, setter vi enormt pris på solidaritet ved å holde medlemskapet gående, så vi kan fortsette å trene sammen i dojo og online, samt holde dojo i god orden!

Når det er sagt, skulle du møte utfordringer så ønsker klubben å være der for deg. Ta kontakt med Jacqueline, finner vi ut en midlertidig ordning til situasjonen normaliseres (konfidensielt), slik at du kan fortsette å trene sammen med oss.    

Dojo is moving online and other good news!

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[edit 7. July: we had our last online practice before the holiday – and we’ll assess the need for online classes starting August. In the meantime, there will be in dojo classes (with the reigning restrictions, see schedule tab for details) mondays and thursdays with instructor all summer long! ]

[edit 11. May: we are re-opening for in-dojo practice, but also keeping the online classes going – see schedule tab for details]

After one frenetic week of information overload, research, trials and brainstorming, it is so good to be able to present several Good news!!!

  • Good News nr 1: Join online practice from home!
Jac testing sound and light at the Hojo
Jac testing sound and light at the Hojo

We are moving our activities and practice to a digital platform Zoom, streamed from the JuShinKan Hojo (see the pic of the Home Dojo). We did a test class last Thursday and we’ll start with regular classes from Monday 23.3. No need to download any app.

Find all the up-to-date info in one place, namely the JuShinKan Website’s Schedule tab: https://stavangeraikido.wordpress.com/schedule/
You will find the necessary links to join the classes, class info, and possibly even homework to do before or in between classes, or as home study.

Adults: 2 weekly classes (mon/wed at 19.00-20.00), monday with some social time after class
Juniors:  At first we’ll do ONE weekly class on Thursdays, then we’ll see if we do one additional class for juniors.
Check with your teachers, will they accept this as your gym class on your weekly plan?
MiniMaxiMix (kids 5-8 with a parent): We’ll do one weekly class on Wednesdays, during regular practice time.

  • Good news nr 2: Take a piece of the dojo home

The dojo belongs to all the members. If you can’t be at the dojo, take a piece of the dojo home and create your own mini home dojo (max 4 m2, that is 2 judo mats 2×1 m, or up to 4 puzzle mats 1x1m). For Kids, also good to use for home gym!
Contact Jac (98250628 or aikimama@gmail.com) to have safe access and registration of loan.

  • Good news nr 3: We also started outside weapons classes

These are in-person classes, outside, and will not be streamed on zoom. More info on the schedule page.

  • Good news nr 4: Delay of membership increase

This year’s General Assembly decided to increase the membership dues by kr 10 pr month for everyone, effective 1. April. However, the Board decided to delay the increase until the situation normalizes.

  • Good news nr 5: Delay of the yearly insurance dues

Usually, everyone including passive members pay the so-called “årskontingent” in the April invoice. This is a once yearly fee which includes the membership to the Martial Arts Federation (NKF) which in turn provides insurance for the whole year.
The Martial Arts Federation has made it possible to delay this payment to later – and JuShinKan will apply for this delay!

Other financial adaptation

Keep in mind: JuShinKan is a club, as such, all members are responsible for the club, and in these challenging times, we are working overtime to adapt, find solutions and keep the activities going. The club’s expenses however, do stay the same, especially the rent and the administration – so if you are able to, please keep the membership going so we can keep practicing together online and keep the dojo in good order!

That being said, if you are encountering challenges, do contact Jacqueline and we’ll figure out a temporary arrangement until the situation normalizes (in confidence of course), so you can keep practicing with us.

*************** NORSK **************

Dojo’en flytter online og annet godt nytt!

[redigert 7. Juli: Vi hadde vår siste online trening før ferien – og vi vurderer behovet for online trening fra og med August, etter behov. I mellomtiden vil det være i in-dojo treninger (med de regjerende begrensningene, se schedule tab for detaljer) mandager og torsdager med instruktør hele sommeren! ]

[redigert 11. May: vi åpner dojo’en igjen, men beholder online treningene allikevel – se schedule tab for detaljer]

Hei alle JuShinKan’ere!                   
   
Etter en frenetisk uke med informasjonsoverbelastning, forskning, forsøk og idédugnad, er det så bra å kunne presentere flere gode nyheter !!!

  • Good News nr 1: Vær med og tren hjemmefra!
Jac testing sound and light at the Hojo
Jac tester lyd og lys i Hojo’en

Vi flytter aktivitetene våre over til en digital plattform, Zoom, streamet fra JuShinKan Hojo (se bildet av Home-Dojo). Vi gjorde en test trening sist torsdag, og vi starter nå med vanlige treninger fra mandag 23.3. Trenger ikke å laste ned noen app.

Finn all den oppdaterte informasjonen på ett sted, nemlig JuShinKan nettsidens «schedule»: https://stavangeraikido.wordpress.com/schedule/ :
Du vil finne de nødvendige koblingene for å delta i klassene, klasseinfo og muligens til og med lekser å gjøre før eller i mellom klasser, eller som hjemmestudie.

Voksne: 2 ukentlige treninger (man / ons, kl 19.00-20.00) og mandag har vi litt sosialt etter treningen.
Juniorer (9-13 år): Til å begynne med vil vi gjøre én trening i uken på torsdager, så får vi se om det er behov for en ekstra trening for juniorer.
OBS: Ta kontakt med lærerne dine, vil de godta dette som hjemme-gym i ukeplanen din?
MiniMaxiMix (barn med forelder): en ukentlig trening på onsdager, i vanlig treningstid.

  • Good news nr 2: Ta hjem et stykke dojo

Dojo’en tilhører alle medlemmene. Hvis man ikke kan være i dojo, hvorfor ikke ta et stykke dojo med hjem og lage din egen mini-hjemme-dojo (maks. 4 m2, det vil si 2 judomatter 2 × 1 m, eller opptil 4 puslespillmatter 1x1m). For barn, også bra å bruke til hjemmegym!

Kontakt Jac (98250628 eller aikimama@gmail.com) for å få trygg tilgang og registrering av lån.

  • Good news nr 3: Vi har begynt med utendørs våpen trening

Disse er oppmøte trening, og vil ikke bli å finne på zoom. Mer info på “schedule” siden.

  • Good news nr 4: Utsettelse av økning i medlemskapsavgift

Årets generalforsamling bestemte å øke treningsavgiften med kr 10 per måned for alle, fra 1. april. Styret besluttet imidlertid å utsette økningen til situasjonen normaliseres.

  • Good news nr 5: Utsettelse av årskontingenten/forsikringsavgift

I april kommer vanligvis en “årskontingent for alle aktive og passive medlemmer. Denne årlige avgiften er et medlemskap i Kampsportforbundet (NKF) som igjen gir obligatorisk kampsport­forsikring for hele året. NKF har gjort det mulig å utsette denne avgiften til senere! – og JuShinKan vil søke om denne utsettelsen!

Annen økonomisk tilpasning
Ta i betraktning at JuShinKan er en idrettsklubb og som det er alle medlemmer ansvarlige for klubben. I disse utfordrende tider jobber klubben nå overtid for å tilpasse seg, finne løsninger og holde aktiviteter i gang. Klubbens utgifter forblir imidlertid de samme, spesielt husleien og administrasjonen – så hvis du er i stand til det, vis gjerne solidaritet og hold medlemskapet gående, så vi kan fortsette å trene sammen online, samt holde dojo i god orden!

Når det er sagt, skulle du møte utfordringer så ønsker klubben å være der for deg. Ta kontakt med Jacqueline, finner vi ut en midlertidig ordning til situasjonen normaliseres (konfidensielt), slik at du kan fortsette å trene sammen med oss.     =D

Kaname Ariga Sensei in Oslo 2019

Welcome to Kaname Ariga’s (6.dan) fourth seminar in Norway!

—–pre-payment and pre-registration page: click here—-

The seminar is part of Ariga Sensei’s 2019 Scandinavian Tour of Norway and Finland, organised by JuShinKan Aikido, in cooperation with the Finnish host clubs – with the assistance of Sentrum Aikido and Sunyata Aikido dojos as well as Oslo Aikidoklubb for the venue.
Click on the image, and open a pdf!  —->

Ariga Sensei is one of the closest Japanese deshi (students) of Endo Shihan, figuring as his uke in many demonstrations and instructional DVDs. He started Aikido in 1989 at the age of 15, and now teaches at and runs the Saku Dojo in Japan. He also teaches international seminars in Finland, Spain, England, Austria, Slovakia and Germany. 

He teaches a simple, elegant, soft and contact-based, yet effective aikido style, and is a very friendly, generous and inspiring teacher.

Again in 2019: Pre-registration and Pre-payment

Help keep the registration and payment queues down:
Please Pre-register and Pre-pay – and note that you still have to Sign-in at the seminar and show proof of payment (printout or screenshot on your phone are ok)

Training schedule:

  • Friday 14 june: 19.00 – 21.00
  • Saturday 15 june:
    • 10.30 – 12.30
    • 16.00 – 18.00
    • evening get together TBA
  • Sunday 16 june: 11.00 – 13.00

NEW! Location:

  • Oslo Aikidoklubb – Eikenga 17, 0579 Oslo, Norway
  • Google Maps link here
  • GPS: 59.924992, 10.803667
  • click here for tips on how to get there (from the airport or from downtown) and how to get around cheaper in Oslo:

Price

  • 700 NOK whole camp / 250 NOK per session.
  • Rebates (apply to full seminar only):
    • 100 NOK rebate for travellers >300 km, as well as students and unemployed
    • half price for youth <25

Payment methods

This year again we strongly recommend pre-payment!
Please help keep the registration queues at the seminar small and fast – PLEASE prepay!
Note: Bring a printscreen of the payment as proof payment (pic on the phone is ok).  Options:

  • Vipps: to 98250628  – we love it!  (Norwegians only)
  • Domestic bank transfer to JuShinKan Aikido account nr: 9680 36 20544
  • International Bank transfer:
    • IBAN: NO9196803620544
    • BIC / SWIFT: STFBNOKKXXX
    • NB: state who the payment is for in the comment field!
    • if you have problems to transfer 650 kr in NOK, please transfer EUR 65 for the full seminar (the amounts include bank fees on our side) – or easier: bring cash (NOK or EUR are OK).
  • Credit card payment will be NOT be accepted, sorry!

Accommodation:

  • At the dojo: kr 50 pr night (there is a kitchenette there, with water cooker, coffee machine, oven and fridge – showers).
  • if you have a car: Hotel Thon Linne has still good prices on a double room and great breakfast (7-8 mn away)
  • if you don’t have a car: you can find cheap(er) downtown hotels or hostels, then take subway nr 5 (direction Vestli) to Hasle station (careful of the direction of nr 5, it goes in a loop with 2 different ends…)

For more information, please visit the seminar’s Facebook page, or contact Jacqueline:

We look forwards to seeing you in Oslo!

Ariga – Registration & Pre-Payment

Again in 2019: Pre-registration and Pre-payment

Payment methods

Note: Bring a printscreen of the payment as proof payment (pic on the phone is ok).  Full price list is found on the info-page. Options:

  • Vipps: to 98250628  – we love it!  (Norwegians only)
  • Domestic bank transfer to JuShinKan Aikido account nr: 9680 36 20544
  • International Bank transfer  (eg: Bank or Transferwise)
    • IBAN: NO9196803620544
    • BIC / SWIFT: STFBNOKKXXX
    • NB: state who the payment is for in the comment field!
    • if you have problems to transfer in NOK, please transfer EUR 65 for the full seminar (which includes an amount to cover bank fees on our side) – or better, bring cash.
  • Credit card payment will be NOT be accepted, so best to pre-pay by bank, or bring cash.  Foreigners:  get cash at the airport, ATM’s are increasingly difficult to find.

 Registration Form

NB: you will still need to sign in at the seminar and show your pre-payment proof (printout or screenshot ok)!

We look forwards to seeing you in Oslo!

Kaname Ariga Sensei in Oslo 2018

Welcome to Kaname Ariga’s (6.dan) third seminar in Norway!

—–pre-payment and pre-registration page: click here—-

Ariga2018Poster

The seminar is part of Ariga Sensei’s 2018 Scandinavian Tour of Norway and Finland, organised by JuShinKan Aikido, in cooperation with the Finnish host clubs – with the assistance of Sentrum Aikido, Sunyata Aikido dojos and the Kampsportforbundet (Norwegian Martial Arts Federation).
Click on the image, and open a pdf!  —->

Ariga Sensei is one of the closest Japanese deshi (students) of Endo Shihan, figuring as his uke in many demonstrations and instructional DVDs. He started Aikido in 1989 at the age of 15, and now teaches at and runs the Saku Dojo in Japan. He also teaches international seminars in Finland, Spain, England, Austria, Slovakia and Germany. 

He teaches a simple, elegant, soft and contact-based, yet effective aikido style, and is a very friendly, generous and inspiring teacher.

Again in 2018: Pre-registration and Pre-payment

Help keep the registration and payment queues down:
Please Pre-register and Pre-pay – and note that you still have to Sign-in at the seminar and show proof of payment (printout or screenshot on your phone are ok)

Training schedule:

  • Friday 15 june: 19.00 – 21.00
  • Saturday 16 june:
    • 10.30 – 12.30
    • 16.00 – 18.00
    • evening get together TBA
  • Sunday 17 june: 11.00 – 13.00

Location:

  • Sentrum Aikidoklubb – Brinken 20, 0654 Oslo, Norway
  • Google Maps link here
  • GPS: 59.911385, 10.778489
  • click here for tips on how to get there (from the airport or from downtown) and how to get around cheaper in Oslo:

Price

  • 600 NOK whole camp / 200 NOK per session.
  • 100/50 NOK rebate for travellers from South & West Coast, Trondheim, North & Abroad, as well as students and unemployed – full course only.

Payment methods

This year again we strongly recommend pre-payment!
Please help keep the registration queues at the seminar small and fast – PLEASE prepay!
Note: Bring a printscreen of the payment as proof payment (pic on the phone is ok).  Options:

  • Vipps: to 98250628  – we love it!  (Norwegians only)
  • Domestic bank transfer to JuShinKan Aikido account nr: 9680 36 20544
  • International Bank transfer:
    • IBAN: NO9196803620544
    • BIC / SWIFT: STFBNOKKXXX
    • NB: state who the payment is for in the comment field!
    • if you have problems to transfer in NOK, please transfer EUR 60 for the full seminar (which includes an amount to cover bank fees on our side) – or bring cash.
  • Credit card payment will be accepted (iZettle) at the seminar with a 3% fee.
    Note: Foreign credit cards: the system may or may not accept foreign Credit Cards – so best to pre-pay by bank, or bring cash.

Accommodation:

  • At the dojo: free (there is a kitchenette there, with water cooker, coffee machine, microwave and fridge – shower/sauna).
  • City Appartments: next door to dojo: price example (2016 prices) for 2 nights, cancellable/refundable, no breakfast):

For more information, please visit the seminar’s Facebook page, or contact Jacqueline:

We look forwards to seeing you in Oslo!

new INFO for Nevelius/Martucci seminar

(Updated friday night 25th)

Information seminar poster:
click here
NB: new schedule on Sunday:   10-11.30  and 12-13.30

Traffic info  IMPORTANT! 
 
This week there is a bicycle race going on in Stavanger which will close certain areas of the city to traffic at certain times. This WILL affect traffic, especially since start and finish line are right outside our venue.
 
No effect expected thursday and friday (but do consider using extra time to get to the dojo or to Siddishallen just in case).

Here you find info about:
– Entrance to the venue
– Saturday traffic

– Sunday traffic, including a “secret” way out (or in, if you need to come in when roads are closed (better park up on top by the shopping centre and walk down).
Entrance to the venue (sat & sun): 
The Main Entrance of Siddishallen will most likely be shut. Enter through the back entrance, you may have to walk around the building. See map 1 below & then look for poster on the door.

Saturday Parking: recommended:
– if you can walk or bicycle, do so
– bus routes in the afternoon likely affected- check kolumbus.no
– if you have to drive: get there for the first session, park in the subterranean Parking, waaaaay in the back, there are stairs there straight up to the Siddishall. And LEAVE THE CAR THERE the rest of the day. Roads close around 15.15 and don’t re-open until 18.30.
There is a “secret” way out to leave earlier, see map 3.
 
Lunch Saturday: Bring your own or buy something on the way (@ Kiwi), we convene down by the lake – see map 2.
Sunday: NEW SCHEDULE! half hour earlier and less break!
Classes: 10-11.30 and 12-13.30 (Bring drinks and snack for the break).
After: shower FAST and leave the area by 14 (they start closing roads again at 14).
NB: the bicycle race uses another route today, circular, GET OUT OF IT by 14!!!
It will open again by 17.

But… good news:

We are planning to head for the Beach at Sola/Ølberg for a post seminar wind-down / pic-nic. And our guests will be closer to the airport !!
 
MAP 1 – Parking and Entrance
Entrance&amp;Parking

MAP 2 – Lunch Saturday
LunchPlace
MAP 3 – “secret” way in/out = through the parking at the Tjensvoll centre
SecretWayInOut
When life throws ya a few punches, “shut up and take ukemi” !  and then we go to the Beach.  
 
More traffic info to be found here (in Norwegian) including maps.

Kaname Ariga sensei – Oslo 2017

Welcome to Kaname Ariga’s (6.dan) second seminar in Norway!

The seminar is part of Ariga Sensei’s 2017 Scandinavian Tour of Norway and Finland, organised by JuShinKan Aikido, in cooperation with the Finnish host clubs – with the assistance of Sentrum Aikido, Sunyata Aikido dojos and the Kampsportforbundet (Norwegian Martial Arts Federation).

Ariga Sensei is one of the closest Japanese deshi (students) of Endo Shihan, figuring as his uke in many demonstrations and instructional DVDs. He started Aikido in 1989 at the age of 15, and now teaches at and runs the Saku Dojo in Japan. He also teaches international seminars in Finland, Spain, England, Austria, Slovakia and Germany. 

He teaches a simple, elegant, soft and contact-based, yet effective aikido style, and is a very friendly, generous and inspiring teacher.

New in 2017: Pre-registration and Pre-payment

Help keep the registration and payment queues down:
Please Pre-register (see form below) and Pre-pay (payment info below):

Training schedule:

  • Friday 9 jun: 19.00 – 21.00
  • Saturday 10 jun:
    • 10.30 – 12.30
    • 16.00 – 18.00
    • evening dinner TBA
  • Sunday 11 jun: 11.00 – 13.00

Location:

  • Sentrum Aikidoklubb – Brinken 20, 0654 Oslo, Norway
  • Google Maps link here
  • GPS: 59.911385, 10.778489
  • click here for tips on how to get there (from the airport or from downtown) and how to get around cheaper in Oslo:

Price

  • 600 NOK whole camp / 200 NOK per session.
  • 100/50 NOK rebate for travellers from West Coast, Trondheim, North & Abroad, as well as students and unemployed – full course only.

Payment methods

This year we open for pre-payment! Please help keep the registration queues down and prepay:

  • Domestic bank transfer to JuShinKan Aikido account nr: 96803620544
  • International Bank transfer:
    • IBAN: NO9196803620544
    • BIC / SWIFT: STFBNOKKXXX
    • NB: state who the payment is for in the comment field!
    • if you have problems to transfer in NOK, please transfer EUR 60 for the full seminar (which includes an amount to cover bank fees on our side) – or bring cash.
  • Credit card payment will be accepted (iZettle) at the seminar with a 3% fee.
    Foreign credit cards: the system may or may not accept foreign Credit Cards – so best to pre-pay by bank, or bring cash.

Accommodation:

  • At the dojo: free (there is a kitchenette there, with water cooker, coffee machine, microwave and fridge – shower/sauna).
  • City Appartments: next door to dojo: price example (2016) for 2 nights, cancellable/refundable, no breakfast):

For more information, please visit the seminar’s Facebook page, or contact Jacqueline:

Registration Form:

We look forwards to seeing you in Oslo!

 

Getting around in Oslo… cheaper…

(updated 16.01.2020)

As some of us travel a lot to Oslo for seminars – I’ve compiled a few tips to find your way, as well as on how to get there in the cheapest way (when you can’t use the feet).

From the airport to the city centre

  • From domestic arrival: get your luggage and its 30 meters to the train station.
  • International arrival: once you get out of customs, take a right and go to the end of the corridor – where you will find the train station.

There are many options enumerated on this official site with timetables and links. In short:

  1. Red NSB train with the red ticket booths (cost NOK 105,-).
  2. Orange “flytoget = express train” to the right, goes every 10 mn but is twice as expensive (ca NOK 190,-), and takes only 2-5 mn less. But if you’re in a hurry and don’t want to wait for the NSB departure, you might want to consider that option. If you do, just chose arrival station and swipe your credit card).
  3. There are also busses (flybussen, flybussekspressen, OSL-ekspressen) which may bring you closer to your destination, but take about one hour and are rather expensive.

So cheapest: take the NSB train (red ticket booths) from the airport, from track 4 –

Even cheaper: download the “RuterBillett” app  (see the Userful apps section with further explanations below)

Directions to Oslo Aikidoklubb

Oslo Aikidoklubb address: Eikenga 17, 0579 Oslo, Norway
GPS: 59.924992, 10.803667

  • Take the pink Metro Line 5 eastbound (towards Vestli), get off at Hasle station.  (See metro map here).
  • Walk along the tracks (between the school and the tracks, past the Tennishall, follow the road under the bridge and around the bend, it’s about 7-8 mn walk, the dojo is in the building behind Bakerhuset. map Hasle - OAK

Directions to Sentrum Aikido dojo

Google maps: https://goo.gl/maps/Gy6svjrzH1B2
By Car: Address to use for GPS: Kjølberggata 23, 0654 Oslo

  • Take any Metro Eastbound to Tøyen station. 10 mn walk, see google map from Tøyen station to Oslo Karateklubb/Sentrum Aikido, you’ll find it in between the appartment buildings, under the Prix convenience shop.
  • Or you can also take bus 60, get off at “Brinken”, and walk down the stairs behind the Extra convenience shop.

Directions to Skøyenhallen

  1. From Oslo Central Station (aka Jernbanetorget) change to Westbound T-bane (=metro) line 2 or 3 to Borgen* (4 stations).
  2. Sometimes the train from the airport continues to the NATIONAL THEATER. It is easier change to the metro there. Go to Westbound T-bane (=metro) line 2 or 3 to Borgen* (2 stations).
  3. You may find the train even continues to Skøyen station – but from there you’d have to walk 20 mn to the apartment/hall. On the other hand, this station is the closest for those staying at Scandic Sjølyst Hotel.

From Borgen metro station to Skøyenhallen:

  • Look for the sign to Vigelandsparken. Go south/downhill 200 m along the graveyard, take a left on Monolitveien still along the graveyard. When the residential area stops and you see a huge park (and the Monolith statue further down), take a right past the “Monoliten barnehage (kindergarden)”, and Skøyen Hallen is behind Skøyen Skole. 10-15 mn walk.

From Sentrum Aikido to Skøyenhallen

  • Take Metro nr 2 or 3 Westbound (via Central Station / Jernbanetorget) to Borgen T.

Usefull apps

Download them at home before you leave – AND – register – AND – enter your payment info  before you leave home. Visa and mastercard from most European countries should work, Greece also.

  1. RuterReise (black pound sign): to check how to get somewhere by public transport (train/metro/tram and even boat-ferry). Note: it’s possible to un-check the expensive express train as search option. This app doesn’t give you tickets, though.
  2. RuterBillett (red pound sign): To buy tickets.  Once downloaded, do register in the app (with password, choose English as language) and enter your payment info ahead of time!!! Conductors are not very understanding if you’re trying to download anything once on board… you will be checked on the train! NB: your phone must be online to purchase and activate the ticket. Once the ticket is downloaded and activated, you can turn off the 3G.

    There is free wifi at the airport.Downtown: look for free wifi at cafes or other hotspots.

Zone 1 is for Oslo Centre, Airport is Zone 4N. To/fro airport is 4 zones.

One single ticket in zone 1: 36 NOK (with the app or travel card***),

Valid 60 mn (+ 30 mn pr ekstra zone). Careful: it’s NOK 55 if you buy on board or at a ticket booth.

NB: not all stations have ticket booths, and you cannot pay onboard on trams/metro. The RuterBillett app is the easiest option.

  1. Maps.me  – this is a free offline map, It works very well as a GPS too. Download the app while on wifi, register, and once inside, upload the Oslo map (or anywhere in the world) and it does not use up your 3G! You can erase the map once you leave as to save space.

Names of stations

(tip: mark them as favourites) for the RuterReise app (note: to buy tickets on the RuterBillett app you only need to indicate zone to zone)

  • Oslo Lufthavn (=airport).
  • Oslo Sentralstasjon (= Oslo Central Station).
  • Jernbanetorget (=metro/tramways/bus outside Oslo Central Station).
  • Borgen T  (Borgen metro station, metro station closest to the Skøyen hall, 10 mn walk), Westbound nr 2 and 3 go there.
  • Tøyen (=metro station closest to Sentrum Aikido).
  • Hasle (=metro station closest to Oslo Aikidoklubb).
  • Skøyen (with train icon) (=train station closest to the Skøyen hall, 20 mn walk).
  • Vigelandsparken (=tramway nr 12 stops at the Vigelandparken, walk straight through the park, you will pass many of the famous Vigeland statues, the hall is 5 mn past the famous Monolith Statue).

Tips

Tips to save most money on local transportation (when going to/fro airport – especially if you stay at the dojo or need to take the metro to/from the training hall – or if you are going to sight see all of Friday):

  1. When you arrive at the airport, buy a 24-hour ticket for Zone 1 (it’s for oslo centre, costs 108 kr) on the “period ticket” option, this will be valid for train (the red option going from track 4), metro, tram and boat ferry. You can buy tickets for several people at once (but then you have to travel together).
  2. Once you have the ticket, go in again and buy “extra zones” from “zone 4N” to “Zone 1”. Indicate for which zone you have an active ticket (Zone 1), then you will be charged ca 69 kr for the extention ticket. You can buy one extension pr active ticket.

This way you can travel illimited the whole next day when you sight-see, and you get from the airport to the city for 69 kr.

Comparatively: a one way ticket across 4 zones (as in airport-city) costs 105,-  then add 36,- pr one-way ticket (60 mn) for every trip you take.

  1. If you leave Sunday, you do the reverse:

On Saturday buy a 24-hour ticket (timed to get you to the airport in time, of course!) for Zone 1. Then on Sunday, only buy an extension (extra zones) to the airport when you leave the city for the airport.

*** Travel card, this is a plastic card that you can top-up. It costs 50 kr to buy the card, then you can top it up at will. Available at most Narvesen or 7-Eleven Kiosks downtown. You beep it when you board (bus/tram) and before you board (metro), and it will automatically reduced the amount in the card by kr 36.