Ajax McKerral holds a 4th dan black belt in Iwama Ryu AIkido and has trained for 28 years.
He started training with Michael Field sensei in 1995 and ran his own dojo in Mt Waverley for 10 years, and is in the process of starting a new dojo in Ringwood.
In Aikido the open handed techniques and weapons are intertwined. Morihiro Saito Sensei, the founder’s longest live-in student, was often heard saying “When doing open handed, think sword, when doing sword, think open handed”.
After 2022’s successful Aikido workshop for Esoteric, Ajax returns to explore boken (wooden sword) with Esoteric participants. We’ll look at several suburi (basic cuts), the unique Aiki sword stance and hip movement, as well as some partner practices that aim to develop “awase”, or blending with our partners.