Michael Field Sensei 4th dan
Aikikai commenced his Aikido training in Japan in 1979 at the Founder's famous
"open-air" Dojo in Iwama. The founder Morihei Ueshiba, died in 1969, well before
Michael's arrival, however he had left his home Dojo in the skilled hands of
Morihiro Saito Sensei who had trained more hours on the mat with him than any
other person. A record that cannot be broken.
Saito Sensei is the heir of
the founder's technique, both open handed and weapons, and Michael Field is the
Australian who has spent the most time on the mat with Saito Sensei. The Aikido
that Saito and Field Sensei's teach is known as Iwama Ryu (Iwama Style), a style
dedicated to preserving and teaching future generations the founder's technique
open handed and weapons, unaltered. They teach Aikido not just as a "health
system" but as an effective martial art.
Michael is a full-time
professional Aikido teacher stationed in Melbourne with a large dedicated Dojo
in Fitzroy and branches in Werribee and Wheelers Hill. His students hold classes
in Ararat (Vic), Leeton (NSW), Port Augusta and Whyalla (South Australia). He
returns to Iwama and his teacher, Saito Sensei, regularly with senior students
of his dojo to ensure technical and cultural accuracy.
He is the author
of the "Precision Aikido" video series; the series being used by martial artists
Australia-wide. who have previously had no access to a properly qualified Aikido
teacher. The sales of "Precision Aikido" tapes in Australia have been so
successful that they will be launched on the international market in
Field Sensei teaches the whole of the Aikido technical system,
culture and philosophy. For him, Aikido is a way to grow spiritually through the
acquisition of defensive skills. Michael teaches Aikido as a creative mindy-body
discipline, as a practical means of handling aggression, and as a way of life
that fosters fearlessness, wisdom, love, and friendship. He believes that its
principles of reconciliation, harmony, cooperation, and empathy could be applied
bravely to all the challenges we face in - life - in personal relationships, as
we interact with society, at work and in business, when dealing with nature.
Everyone can be a warrior for peace and paradoxically as experienced Aikido
students know, the shortest path to address personal violence is to train on the
mat with all comers. Michael filed Sensei holds that peace will come gradually
when we have the courage to seriously study violence.
Warning: Do not
attempt this Aikido technique, known as Gunseki Otoshi, unless your partner is
an expert at falling as she will be otherwise hurt when falling to the surface.
If you are not a conditioned martial artist do not try this technique even if
someone expert at falling, as you could do damage to yourself with the
Blitz Magazine Presents,
Fighting Techniques, Collectors Edition 1995/96
|1. The attacker strikes for your
||2. Block his strike by extending your
forearm against his.
||3. While sweeping his strike down, enter
deeply to his rear with your right foot and grab his collar.|
|4. As you squat down under your right arm
place your left foot between his feet.
||5. While you rotate him onto your
shoulders push up with your legs.
||6. Straighten your body and propel him
into the air.|