On Oct 4th Roanoke Budo Kai was honored to host a seminar with Sorrentino Sensei. It is safe to say that a great time was had by all.
As with all seminars, there is a lot of information to process, but those who have trained with Sorrentino Sensei will confirm that there are always many great take-aways, and memorable moments.
One of our own Sensei Tonya Whitt offered the following as notable (and fun) take-aways during discussion following the event:
- Always act as if Plan A will work! I think this applies to uke who needs to attack with intention and to nage even on the techniques when he allowed uke to resist!
- There are three roles on the mats: nage, uke, and Sensei. If each do their part then aikido happens. If nage tries to do uke’s role or if either try to teach then there’s no aikido!
- The classic line of “does this technique make my butt look fat”!
- Find just a couple things to work on, train that for a few months and then find new things! We did a lot of linear elevator motions and he did focus on taking a seat!
- Slow training is great if the only thing that changes is the speed (the intention of both nage and uke must remain which means the correct body position/ tension). As a corollary, I liked his focus on the need for static training as well as meeting uke (as that is the polite thing to do)!