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Date: 
Wednesday, October 2, 2019 - 18:00 to 19:45
Room: 
Small Classroom
Student should bring: 

nagado bachi (usually larger diameter, harder "kashi" wood or medium maple wood)
towel or yoga mat
earplugs

Class syllabus: 

My name is ________.
My preferred pronoun is _____________.
I love the texture of ________.

intro:
body work
guidance and references through imagery
- to bring awareness to our own body
- to build connection with our own body
- to build connection with the instrument
- everyone is different and have their own pace of connection with their body
- comfort zone > stretch zone > panic zone (see attached diagram)

Chi/ki Experiment
- the word "Qi" (qi-gong 氣功) shares the same character/kanji as "ki" (ki-ai 氣合)
(however the character for Tai Chi 太極 is different from Qi/Ki 氣)
- "Qi" or "ki" is a major component of our body that can be easily overlooked

Alignment
- apply the same concept of feeling the air/ki through your spine to build upper body awareness
- to feel the alignment of shoulder, arms, and lower body
- to feel the space around our body

Warm up:
1) tai chi warm up arm swinging exercise
- purpose: posture awareness, and the concept of initiating from your core, and "letting go" of the arms
2) den den daiko arm swing exercise
- purpose: initiating from core, imagine a tiny pulley on the top of your head that guide the direction
3) lower body stretches (Carrie Carter and Ryo Shimamoto)
- feet
- legs + shoulder blades
- photos: https://photos.app.goo.gl/TUXf8N7VkZGQ6Jfr7
4) dying cockroaches for 2 minutes
- purpose: "shake it up" shake up the qi/ki throughout your entire body

alignment of body with drum
- air bachi to check posture and allignment
- 2 minutes drum roll gradually from soft to loud, focus on posture
- apply the same concept of feeling the air/ki through your spine to build upper body awareness
- to feel the alignment of shoulder, arms, and lower body
- to feel the space around our body

doko doko
- focus on hand grip tension
- gradually go from soft to loud to soft to allow your body to adjust and reset
- experimenting with changing the weight towards to front, back, and feel the space surrounding the lower body
- catapult analogy

breathing exercise chest/torso > belly
- breath in > jelly fish goes down (relax muscle below your belly button)
- breath out > jelly fish goes up (tighten muscle in an upward motion)

Light Saber Game

Teacher(s): 
Yeeman Mui
Attendance: 
Michael Okuda
Carol Okuda
Abigail Sangco
Sean Kobashigawa
Images: 

Classes in this Course

Date Title
Wed, September 18, 2019 01
Wed, September 25, 2019 02
Wed, October 02, 2019 03
Wed, October 09, 2019 04
Wed, October 16, 2019 05
Wed, October 23, 2019 06
Wed, October 30, 2019 07
Wed, November 06, 2019 08
Thu, November 14, 2019 10
Wed, November 20, 2019 09
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