Riai Aikido Dojo: 7 suburi & 31 kata

Riai Aikido Dojo in Göteborg (Gothenburg) was established in 2003 by Jan Bratt (4 dan) and Pia Moberg (3 dan). Apart from the most obvious activities like training and seminars, Jan and Pia have also produced a number of booklets. Rather than spanning a wide number of topics, each booklet takes the “simple and clean” approach and tries to narrow down a few topics.

In this booklet, named 7 suburi & 31 kata, Jan and Pia take on the seven bokken suburi, and the 31 jo kata. The booklet is bi-lingual (Swedish and English), and each step of the suburis and kata is illustrated with pictures (photographs). As an additional aid, the tatami (mat) has a clearly defined cross (made from simple masking tape) on each picture; thus improving the ability for the reader to orientate as the technique moves from one frame to the next.

The writing is uncomplicated and straight forward.

So, hats of and congratulations to Jan and Pia for a job well done.

You can find more information about Riai Aikido Dojo here, where you can also order their publications.

Shodan (male): A male who is so adept at blending (and helping others to blend) that he can wear a skirt to class and nobody in class will laugh at him because he might help them learn to blend with the mat. At high velocity” — from The Aikido FAQ.

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