by Celine Pagnier
The film was shot, the movie was made, it was time to show it, if not to the world, at least to our dojo aikidoka! Saturday 23rd September was to be the date: our dojo had moved to its “bijou” location a decade ago!
We kicked off proceedings with an afternoon demonstration by the juniors, who had worked hard over the summer in preparation for this demo. They all did themselves proud. Some had only started aikido 2 months before!
They chucked themselves for their breakfalls, followed Unsoku and Tegatana Dosa in time with the higher grades, who were leading the count in Japanese. The juniors then raced through the atemi waza. The higher grades chose which Tobu ukemi they would demonstrate; air time was seen for the Tobu ukemi – lovely high sumiotoshi breakfalls!
The juniors also chose a kata each – there were some lovely demos of Nage no Kata, Suwari Waza and even Hiji mochi no Kuzushi! Another of my highlights was seeing the juniors demonstrate kakarigeiko, with an improved striking speed, good taisabaki and variety of techniques.
In the evening, we met up at the Burton Street Foundation for the Movie Premiere itself. Scott had devised a wicked quiz with some truly challenging questions. The parents had also risen to the occasion and brought home made food – plantains, donuts, fried rice, samosa and cakes in addition to the traditional pie and pea supper from the Burton Street kitchen.
The winner of the quiz? It was eagle eyed Chu!