Yamada Sensei comes to the mat on the 3rd day of Summer Camp.
Aikido deshis wait in silence before the instructor comes to the mat to start a class.
After bowing to the kamiza and to the instructor, the students follow a stretching routine guided by the later.
Deshis make a circle around Yamada Sensei to watch him demonstrate a technique.
Osawa Shihan demonstrates kokyu dosa at the end of class.
Osawa Sensei, 7th dan Shiha, throws Kim Ruschel, 5th Dan from Campinas, Brazil, in a strong, and very close, shihonage.
Popular among the student, Sensei Osawa, 7th Dan Shihan, demonstrates a technique while the crowded class pays attention.
David Katz talks with Janice Taitel about details on sword cutting as it pertains to Aikido.
Donovan Waite, 7th Dan Shihan, observes as Osawa Sensei, 7th Dan Shihan, starts a class with a technique.
Class surrounds the instructor in a circle as he demonstrates a technique.
Catherine Lafebvre, takes ukemi for Osawa Sensei.
Joshua Leyton takes ukemi for Sensei Harvey Konigsberg, 7th Dan Shihan.
Harvey Konigsberg Class at the USAF Summer Camp 2017.
Penny Bernath, one of the few women Shihan, throws Jakob Blomquist, 4th Dan from Lund, Sweden.
Elson Olea’s class start with breathing exercises, which also help as mental preparation before starting techniques.
Laura Jacobs Pavlick, US Aikido Federation Secretary, teaches class.
Elson Olea, 6th Dan from Santiago de Chile, throws Fernanda during a kokyu technique.
Barbara Birtton, 7th Dan Shihan, from Massachusetts, demonstrates a throw during her clas on the 4th day of camp.
A young deshi takes class with the adults. Aikido generally offers mixed classes at different levels, and Summer Camp is not an exemption.
Listening to announcements after class.
Kevin Kanesaka, from the New York Aikikai, folds his hakama after a class.
Kim cleans the mat after a crowded class has finished.
Yoshi and Sam compare their hands after a class.
Claude Berthiaume’s sandals
(All photographs Copyright © Javier Domínguez, 2017)