|Shiho launches Chris
Ushiro tekubitori jujinage
|John takes kotegaeshi from Chris|
Mat throws Dave "Frankenstein" Collins
|Shiho tosses John
Ushiro tekubitori kokyunage
|Shiho: "John, meet my friend."
John "Really? Who?"
Shiho: "The floor."
|Ushiro tekubitori kokyunage
from the other side
|Shiho demonstrates proper kotegaeshi technique.||John pins Mat while maintaining goofy look.|
|Ellie throws Kate
|Ellie: "Now stay down!!
Or I'll punch you in the eye!"
|Chris throws and pins Dave, Dave smiles.
Suwari-waza shomenuchi iriminage
|Lisa throws John.
|Lisa is calm & serene.
John is squinty.
Ai-hamni katatetori shihonage omote
|Kate practices ikkyo on Larry.||Larry throws Kate.|
|Chris is about to regret grabbing Mat, jujinage lead-in from right and left.|
|Kate: "Kiss the mat, you punk!"
David: "Ow ow ow ow ow ow"
Suwari-waza shomenuchi ikkyu
|Big Joe demonstrates on poor David
|Mat grabs Dave ushiro ryotetori &....||...Dave throws Mat kotegaeshi.|
|Atamanage!!||John takes note of the looming floor as Mat winds up jujinage.|
|Chris grabs Shiho ushiro ryotetori &....||...ends up clear across the room.|
|Spelling is important: Shihounage = 4-direction throw; Shihonage = Shiho throw|
|Kate: "I'm a ninja pirate, but I use Aikido."||Kate defends herself in randori.|
|Randori; John tosses Mat...|
|...and tosses Kate...||...and tosses Mat again.|
|David throws Larry in randori.||Bokken work|
|John cuts shomen.||Mat demonstrates a proper grip.|
|John and Chris cross swords.|
|Lisa throws Chris &...||...Chris returns the favor|
|Lisa and Chris tag-team Mat in Randori...|
|Mat: "Let's dance!"
John: "OK! Like this?"
Mat: "Oh Yeah!"
|John: "... and so my arms were like this and..."
Chris: "Forsoothe I know not why he is so squinty."
|Man, I want spiffy clothes like that.|
|PREVIOUS OFFICERS||Sempai||President||Club Coordinator||VP Public Relations||VP Advertising||Treasurer|
|≤ 1999||Lost to the Mists of Time...|
|1999-2000||Michael Waddington '00||Caleb Shetland '02||positions not filled||Laura Valentine '02|
|2000-2001||Scott Grant '01||Mathew So '03|
|2001-2002||Mathew So '03||Caleb Shetland '02||Chris Bussard '03|
|2002-2003||Mathew So '03||Chris Bussard '03||Eleanor Salgado '03 &
John Lillvis '03
|Aaron Modic '04|
|2003-2004||Aaron Modic '04|| Aaron Modic '04
& Ernest Le '05
|Lisa Nelson '06||David Lovit '06||Kate Goddard '06|
All of the club's founders, students and teachers alike, have moved on.
Our original charter was lost, and subsequently its replacement too, by the Student Council.
And so, the early history of the Swarthmore Aikido Club can be only dimly chronicled:
The group which eventually became this club was founded in or around 1991 as a PE class by Andres Corrada (2nd Dan, prof?) and Paul Sylvain (6th Dan). After Sylvain was killed in an automobile accident and Corrada departed, the group was associated with Turks Head Aikikai (of West Chester and Malvern) under Jim Walsh Sensei (5th Dan) for about a decade. During this time concerns about having a martial arts class at a Quaker college and rising tensions within the athletics department about mat-usage issues between the class and the then large (and existent) wrestling team, lead to a status change into a club sport.
After Walsh Sensei was placed on active military duty (naval intelligence) in 2001, Turks Head and the Swarthmore Aikido Club were saved from extinction by their incorporation into Aikido of Center City, under Donovan Waite Sensei (6th Dan). The Swarthmore Aikido Club is currently a branch dojo of ACC for the 9 months or so each year that Swarthmore holds classes.
Currently, practices at Swarthmore are conducted in a semi-fixed rotating schedule by:
-- Thanks to Big Joe Sensei for historical info.
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About This Page:
Byron Holtz was the first webmaster of the Swarthmore Aikido Club's webpage.
He last updated it on 9/1/97 and dedicated it to the memory of Paul Sylvain.
Since then the site lay dormant until spring 2003 when Chris Bussard '03 overtook
webmaster duties. The current incarnation of this page has been an ongoing project
throughout the spring 2003 semester.
I dedicate it to the love of my life, Shiho Takai.