SAITO Hitohira sensei – seminar in Murmansk – 2016.

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The world-famous master, Hitohira Saito Shihan, head of the Traditional Aikido school in Japan – visited Murmansk to instruct a seminar.

Sensei was invited by the Zapolyarniy fans of martial arts. This seminar was to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the first aikido clubs in the region.

It was the first time that Saito Hitohira Sensei came to Murmansk. The Russian masters recognized and appreciated his high level of training.

According to Saito Hitohira Sensei, the purpose of those who decide to study Aikido, is to achieve internal, spiritual purification.

For this seminar, there was a participation of Aikido lovers from different Russian cities: Moscow, Saint-Petersburg. Ivanovo, Apatity and Murmansk.
During this seminar, we practiced a variety or techniques, such as, Taijutsu: Morote dori – kokyu ho;
Ikkyo, nikyo and sankyo (osae waza, nage waza);
Shiho nage; yokomenuchi – irimi nage, kotegaesi. Ninin dori and sannindori – kokyu nage; Bukiwaza:
Ken suburi;
Ken awase, 1-7,
Kumi tachi 1,2,3,4, with variations;
Jo suburi – 1-21;
31 no kata;
13 no kata and 13 kata awasе; We also practiced kumi jo – 1,2,4,5,6,7,8,9 For the special keiko, we trained Ken tai jo – 1,2,3,4

After the seminar, Sensei visited the aquarium with sea animals and an aboriginal settlement in Murmanska- Pomerania.

Thank you Sensei, for this wonderful seminar.

Alexandr Kravchuk

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