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5 5 5 5 5
San Antonio, TX
Oct 8, 2015

A new and good experience. First the refurbished neighborhood is lovely at night. Everyone in class was nice and ranged from beginner to experience, yet no sense of competition or judgment that was uncomfortable. Coming from more power martial arts in my youth like boxing, Tae Kwon Do and full contact karate this was very new, pleasant and surprising challenging.  By the end of class I was no longer, or at least not terribly, the bull in the china shop. Further, along with experiencing yoga the first time that week as well, I found what people keep talking about - mind-body centering. Being an academic or brute type - this middle gear shock me, I only held it for moments, but my mind quickly attached to how it would be highly useful in many or all areas of life. I am a couple's counselor by day and see applications there, in business, and even intimacy. It was an eye opener. The intermediate moves are challenging, they use a type of thought in motion that we Westerners do not learn or gravitate toward, and we saw some of those, sticking with it one would absorb a lot. Very recommended.

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Iaido

Iaido is practiced in a traditional way, by doing kata (a predetermined set of movements in defense against one or more opponents).  In order to properly perform each kata, you must learn posture and movement, grip, and proper cutting.  Even though you practice against imaginary opponents, to maintain Iaido as a budo it is critical to understand how the movements apply to real opponents.  In Iaido, the blade is drawn and cuts in the same motion.  Each Iaido kata consists of the draw, one or more cuts, cleaning the blade, and returning it to the scabbard.

When training in Iaido, you are confronted with the greatest of all foes, the ego.  When we train with the sword, we train as a group, and yet we train completely as individuals.  You are responsible for your own development at this point.  The level of concentration, balance, and coordination is at its highest when you train in Iaido.  Here you learn to accept your own shortcomings; this helps us to learn to accept the shortcomings of others.  Having compassion for ourselves teaches us to have compassion for others.  This is how we create a better society.

This class is also offered:
Tuesday, September 24th
6:00 - 7:00pm Sensei John Bollinger
Thursday, September 26th
6:00 - 7:00pm Sensei John Bollinger

Featured review

Featured review
5 5 5 5 5
San Antonio, TX
Oct 8, 2015

A new and good experience. First the refurbished neighborhood is lovely at night. Everyone in class was nice and ranged from beginner to experience, yet no sense of competition or judgment that was uncomfortable. Coming from more power martial arts in my youth like boxing, Tae Kwon Do and full contact karate this was very new, pleasant and surprising challenging.  By the end of class I was no longer, or at least not terribly, the bull in the china shop. Further, along with experiencing yoga the first time that week as well, I found what people keep talking about - mind-body centering. Being an academic or brute type - this middle gear shock me, I only held it for moments, but my mind quickly attached to how it would be highly useful in many or all areas of life. I am a couple's counselor by day and see applications there, in business, and even intimacy. It was an eye opener. The intermediate moves are challenging, they use a type of thought in motion that we Westerners do not learn or gravitate toward, and we saw some of those, sticking with it one would absorb a lot. Very recommended.

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