Cross pollination

Martial Ways and Ancient Skills annual retreat 

“Now and again, it is necessary to seclude yourself among deep mountains and hidden valleys to restore your link to the source of life.”    ~ Ueshiba Morihei, founder of Aikido

2013 Labor Day weekend marks the 17th annual retreat at Ancient Arts Center

Explore the practice of Aikido, Tai Chi Chuan and Feldenkrais Method® Awareness Through Movement® lessons in combination with some of the skills our ancestors used to survive including wild foods, natural building methods, basic fire-making, fiber and stone technologies. Specific activities will be guided by the interests of the group.

Instructors of this long-running annual retreat are:

Darrell Bluhm, 6th dan, Shihan, Chief Instructor of Siskiyou Aikikai- Aikido Instructor, Guild Certified Feldenkrais Teacher, Tai-Chi Chuan instructor. Darrell’s focus will be on movement- waking the senses of seeing, hearing, smelling, tasting, touching, as well as the hidden senses of proprioception and balance.

Margaret Mathewson, 6th dan, Chief Instructor of Ancient Arts Center- Instructor of Ancestral Life Skills, Ethnobotany, Anthropology, Aikido, and Iaido . Margaret’s focus will be on ancestral skills- slowing the modern mind to embrace ancient ways of living and creating objects of utility and beauty from natural materials. We will share a wild foods meal on one day of the retreat.

Details will vary slightly year to year. Generally, the per person fee includes participation in all activities, lodging in the log house and dinner for three nights. Participants bring lunch and breakfast foods. A full kitchen is available. No experience is necessary. Enrollment is limited to 20. Please inquire for work trade opportunities and children’s fees. No dogs, please.

To register for the upcoming retreat contact Margaret Mathewson- Ancient Arts Center by phone:  (541) 486-4311

Location is on Lobster Valley Rd. Alsea, Oregon 97324  http://www.ancientartscenter.com

Fruitful exchange among the martial ways

Budo Benefit for Japan Aid, held April 17, 2011 in Portland Oregon, was a seminar to benefit the Oregon Japan Relief Fund via Mercy Corp   http://www.mercycorps.org/. Local instructors offered classes in Brazilian jujutsu, aikido, kendo, and judo.

Friendly instruction and demonstrations opened a dialogue in words and movement among dedicated martial artists. It was a day of  fruitful exchange among the martial ways.  Hosted by Two Rivers Aikikai, the event was conceived by Allen Beebe, a local marital artist with family in the Sendai area of Japan where the great earthquake and tsunami took so many lives.  Participants donated funds directed to The Oregon Japan Relief Fund via Mercy Corp.

Martial arts and the Feldenkrais Method®

Moshe Feldenkrais was a master of Judo; his contributions were recognized throughout the world. He opened the first European school in France in the 1930’s. His two books, Judo and Higher Judo: Ground Work, as well as numerous articles, are still highly praised by martial artists. He remained connected with Judo training for the rest of his life. On his visits to Japan, many Judo teachers would attend his demonstrations with their students.

In the mid-fifties, the legendary G. Koizumi, a 6th Dan, and Chairman of the European Judo union, called 500 black belts together for an international congress on Judo. When it came time to teach about saika-tanden (or chi), he had Feldenkrais teach the day’s material. Koizumi wrote that the Feldenkrais Method® “clarifies the interrelationship and the intermingled working of gravitation, body, bones, muscles, nerves, consciousness, subconscious and unconsciousness and opens the way for better understanding” of Judo.

Feldenkrais’ influence on the martial arts is felt even more strongly today: many Feldenkrais® practitioners study martial arts. From Nin-jitsu to T’ai Chi, from Karate to Aikido, students and practitioners are finding the Feldenkrais Method and the martial arts complement and enhance their work on and off the mat.

Above excerpted from: http://www.feldenkrais.com/method/article/dr_feldenkrais_and_the_martial_arts/

Learn more about the connection between Judo and the Feldenkrais Method:

Here are links to articles by Dennis Leri:

http://www.somatics.de/LeriJudo1.htm

http://judoinfo.com/feldenkrais.htm

http://www.semiophysics.com/SemioPhysics_article_learning.html

Yoga and  Aikido

Tradition of Philosophies, article by Norine Longmire Aarons,  published in Biran, 2010, volume 1

I had been training in Aikido for about five years when I met someone who was destined to be a dear friend. He was a white man with long beard wearing a white turban and tunic. A yoga teacher. And through our discussions over shrink-wrapping tapes and CDs in the early 1990s at a Vancouver recording studio, he convinced me that yoga would improve my Aikido training….

Read the full article: http://www.birankai.org/biran/2010_1/traditionOfPhilosophies.php

Dance and the martial arts

There is a natural alignment between dance and the martial arts. This was recently presented in a dynamic way by Alonzo King’s Lines Ballet with the Shaolin Monks. Seeing the dancers and the monks on stage together afforded us the opportunity to compare and contrast their movement qualities. Both clearly embody self-awareness and precision of motion, yet the very way they walk across the stage is so different….

Read the full posting and see the dynamic photohttps://movementarts.wordpress.com/2008/11/

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3 Responses to “Cross pollination”

  1. spacetomove Says:

    Sept. 23-26, 2010 Art Moves

    Re-Invent yourself with Fiber Artist and Feldenkrais® practitioner Sheila Filan of Ashland. Invigorate your artistic mind and get those creative juices flowing with many projects designed to open the flow of new ideas and inspirations. At the same time, we will use the Feldenkrais method to relax, realign, and strengthen our connection to our bodies. This is a retreat for all levels and body types. It is not strenuous. Ancient Arts Center, Alsea Oregon
    ancientartscenter.com

  2. spacetomove Says:

    16th Annual Martial Ways and Ancient Skills Retreat at Ancient Arts Center, Alsea Oregon
    Explore the practice of Aikido, Tai Chi Chuan and Feldenkrais Method® Awareness
    Through Movement® lessons in combination with some of the skills our ancestors used to
    survive including wild foods, natural building methods, basic fire-making, fiber and stone
    technologies. Specific activities will be guided by the interests of the group. Sep 2-5, 2011.
    Learn more by contacting margaret (at) peak.org or visit http://www.ancientartscenter.com

  3. Space To Move Says:

    Carrie Lafferty offers a “cross pollination” event Nov 13-16, 2011 at Breitenbush in Oregon. Content combines Qi Gong, Feldenkrais Awareness Through Movement® lessons and Shamanism. Check it out!:
    http://www.breitenbush.com/events/nov13-16.html


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