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Thurs 10 - Sat 12 October 2019 Aibado: The Way of Blending with Horses with Mark Rashid

3 day unmounted Aibado (Aikido) Workshop

The focus of the workshop is the development of self confidence, creation of openings and connections with one’s self and with others (human or horse). In addition, you will learn easy ways for riders to get in shape and stay in shape, the development of feel between partners, overall self protection during a fall or during an attack and the overall improvement of feel, timing, blending, balance and breathing.

Goals: Give participants ideas on how to start taking care of their own bodies, work with their core, give them experiences that they may not have done before as well as help develop a quiet mind. Learn how to deal with situations that are not common in daily life.

Cross Fit: exercises designed to get participants started on simple ways to get fit and maintain fitness.

Aikido: a martial art we will be using to help participants learn how to move and work with their core with a partner. Along with aikido exercises and techniques we will be learning how to roll and fall. Learning how to fall and roll properly can help decrease or eliminate the fear of falling off of our horses, and create more confidence. It also helps decrease the likelihood or severe injury from a fall.

Self defense and randori (working in a group) practice are both designed to help build confidence in a person’s own skills, and learn to respond to a situation calmly instead of panicking. These intersect with horsemanship by showing rider’s how to develop a thinking/quiet mind that responds properly not only when things are going well, but when they are not going well. The more prepared we are for things that could go wrong, the less tendency they have to go wrong. The more confident and prepared we are, the less we fear.

You don’t need to have any background in martial arts. Please wear comfortable, loose fitting clothing or a gi if you have it.

This is a fairly physical workshop but everything we do will be at a pace that each person is comfortable with, as well as having safety as a priority. 

Price £395 (3 half days)

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