Sunday, October 12, 2008

Protecting Your Attacker: Aikido 1st Dan Black Belt Shodan Test

The Shodan test in Aikido is an opportunity for the Sensei of the dojo and the Aikidoka taking the test to evaluate their work and progress by receiving feedback from a senior Sensei of Dan 6 and above. Translated as "the Way of unifying (with) life energy" or "the Way of harmonious spirit" Aikido (合気道) is a Japanese martial art developed by Morihei Ueshiba in order to create an art that practitioners could use to defend themselves while also protecting their attacker from injury (Wikipedia). We love this attitude! The following photo-set by Assaf Kessler highlights a few spectacular moments from an Aikido 1st Dan black belt Shodan test, preformed by aikidoka lady Tamar Katzav in Center Aikido dojo in Israel. For more images see Kessler's Flickr pages.

For some Aikido in motion, check on this short rythmic video from Center Aikido, a non profit organization dedicated to "furthering" Aikido in Israel.

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