Bruce Bookman Sensei explains “connection” using katatedori ikkyo as an example

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In this video, Bruce Bookman of Tenzan Aikido in Seattle discusses the importance of maintaining a connection with one’s partner using katatedori ikkyo as an example. My aikido practice includes early influences of Yoshimitsu Yamada, and later practice under Kisshomaru Ueshiba, and other prominent teachers in Japan at the Aikikai Headquarters such as Osawa, Yamaguchi, […]

In this video, Bruce Bookman of Tenzan Aikido in Seattle discusses the importance of maintaining a connection with one’s partner using katatedori ikkyo as an example.

My aikido practice includes early influences of Yoshimitsu Yamada, and later practice under Kisshomaru Ueshiba, and other prominent teachers in Japan at the Aikikai Headquarters such as Osawa, Yamaguchi, Arikawa, and Tada Senseis. I spent 16 years practicing under T.K. Chiba Sensei, who was a very close disciple of Morihei Uyeshiba, the Founder of Aikido. For two of those years, I took private lessons with Chiba Sensei in Tokyo. During my stay in Japan I visited Iwama while Saito Sensei was still teaching and visited Nishio Sensei’s community center dojo in Tokyo on several occasions.

I have done extensive cross training in other martial arts including 12 years of Brazilian Jiu jitsu, 10 years of Iai-do (2 of those years studying with Takeishi Mitsuzuka Sensei in Tokyo), 2 years of Judo, 2 years of western boxing and 2 years of tea kwon do. I have practiced yoga on and off since childhood starting at Swami Satchindannada’s Integral Yoga Institute in New York and later with Colette Crawford (my wife), Anna Forrest during her teacher training in Seattle and currently with Shari Friedrichsen when she teaches at the Seattle Holistic Center. Both Colette and I follow the teachings of Amritanandamayi, our beloved guru.

My aikido would be very different had I not met any of the teachers that I mentioned, regardless of how much time I actually spent with them, I feel a strong sense of gratitude towards each one!

From Tenzan Aikido website

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