Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Aikido for children

[Aikido for children
6-14 years old
Registrations Open
Practice begins in September
for further informations please contact the
gymn's reception or sensei António Barbosa at 916 967 934]
Ginásio Korpus (Korpus Gymn) in Matosinhos will open registrations for the criation of a special classe of aikido practitioners from 6 to 14 years old.
Practice shall begin in September. By then, according to the availability of parents and registered practitioners, a definite timetable will be issued.

For further informations please contact:

Korpus: +351 229 350 451
António Barbosa: +351 916 967 934

Aiki Greetings

Thursday, 18 June 2009

The growing Aikido family

It was in the presence of an inspiring natural landscape that the last aikido seminar of the 2008/2009 season took place. The dojo in Vila Real - Mega Ginásio Miracorgo - surrounded by a beautiful and vertiginous nature was the set that, last Saturday, June 14th, embraced the 1st day of the seminar hosted by Luc Deweys Sensei.
The practiced techniques explored the need to control the energies involved in a confrontation, not only for the tori's benefit, that hence doesn't suffer such a hard physical wearing, but also to avoid inflicting unnecessary damages to the uke.

Bearing this in mind, dodging tecnhiques (tai sabaki) were included in such a way that they can be effective without physical effort, but through proper movement management. Therefore, it becomes necessary to avoid what sensei Deweys usually calls "parasitic movements" i.e. exaggerated and unnecessary movements occuring due to lack of coordination, fear of the attack and little domain over the basic techniques, resulting in energy (ki) wasting. In such cases, one should work on self-control and the inner forces, without resorting to muscular strength.

The following day, Sunday, Luc Deweys sensei managed, in a single session, to gather a huge amount of practitioners on the tatami as you can confirm in this memorable photo of our "aiki family" taken at ESMAE (Oporto), where this third session took place.

Going back a little to the principles approached the day before, because few could be present in both cities (Vila Real and Oporto), the Belgian sensei continued insisting in the importance of the basic techniques that became even more important due to the presence of a significant number of beginners. Graduated and recent aikido practitioners were blended in a productive session for both parties, since the higher graduates also took the chance to remember the complexity of techniques that, resulting from long practice, already come out intuitively.

This seminar excelled by the usual and very healthy socialization, amount and quality of practitioners on the tatami, as well as by the presence of individualities fundamental to aikido in the northern area, coming from the dojos of Bragança, Braga, Famalicão, Oporto, Lamego, Guimarães and Vila Real. APARN wishes to thank, in particular, to those who dressed their Hakamas and put them to use after long having been folded.

Favoring mind openness, and always in the sense of improving the communication and interaction between different schools, which only benefits the aikido practitioners throughout the country, we could not finish this post without thanking the presence of all those who visited us.
To ALL: Thank Very Much!
Aiki Greetings,

Monday, 15 June 2009

Graduation in Belgium

APARN's board of directors salutes our friend Marco (shodan) for the graduation obtained last May.

Marco is a disciple of Luc Deweys Sensei at the Chu Shin Aiki Dojo in Brussels and part of the group that has visited us over the last few years.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Luc Deweys June 13th and 14th

Photography and Design: copyright APARN 2009

[Luc Deweys Sensei
5th Dan Aikikai
June 13th/ 14th]

During the weekend of June 13th and 14th there will be an aikido seminar open to all practitioners and hosted by APARN's Technical Director Luc Deweys sensei, 5th Dan Aikikai. June 13th - seminar at our Dojo in Vila Real;
June 14th - seminar at ESMAE - Superior School of Music and Performing Arts in Oporto. A great ending for the 2008/2009 season!

June 13th
9:30 a.m.- 10:00 a.m. - Administrative Procedures
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – 1st Session
Lunch break;
3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. - Administrative Procedures
4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. – 2nd Session (weapons)

June 14th
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. - Administrative Procedures;
10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – 3rd Session;

Entire course: €30
Single session: €15

ESMAE – Escola Superior de Música e Artes do Espectáculo
Rua da Alegria, 503
4000-199 PORTO
GPS: 41°9'15.29"N 8°36'12.39"W

- Participation in the Aikido sessions implies that all aikido practitioners MUST be gathered at the tatamNecessário i 15 minutes before session start.
- A duly updated Aikido insurance is mandatory.
- Should the above conditions change, a rectification note will be posted on this Blog.
- Practitioners should bring their own weapons.

For further infos
– aikido.aparn@gmail.com

– Camilo Carneiro: 93 551 61 69

AIKI Greetings

Wednesday, 25 March 2009


Due to priorities regarding the 2008/ 2009 technical calendar, the workshop on Pedagogics and Didactics will be replaced by a technical meeting open to all practitioners.

All information will soon be posted.

Aiki Greetings

Thursday, 5 March 2009

Thank you note, February 2009

Music, the loud noise of workout equipment, swimwear… this was the environment surrounding the Korpus Gymnasium room where Friday, February 27th, the first session of the first 2009 AIKIDO Seminar took place. Tatamis on the floor, aikido practitioners gathered, the photo of O Sensei in its privileged place and then the arrival of Luc Deweys sensei: everything around suddenly stopped! Or so it seemed, surely for all those present.

The belgian team accompanying Luc Deweys sensei shared with us all their kindliness, companionship, friendship and technical knowledge on a training session fulfilling a long-felt need among us and that was extended on a second session the following Sunday at ESMAE. This was the spirit that left no one indifferent and in all made a difference. The huge and general enthusiasm and an even greater will to continue practicing aikido was definitely noticed.

This seminar was marked by the relevance, often underestimated, of the most basic techniques, which are exactly those requiring great mastery to work with movement manipulation and without the use of force, just like this martial art proclaims.

The enormous sensitivity of sensei Luc Deweys, with his usual combination of gracefulness and firmness, fascinate the ones seeing and listening to him practice aikido disseminating great vitality to those lucky enough to “feel” him as seminar instructor. Sensei Luc is the proof that formality and rigidness do not distinguish a master, but his flexibility and open-mindedness.

This seminar showed that any place can become a dojo as long as the martial spirit rules the practitioners and that their master is a source of inspiration and respect.

APARN would like to express gratitude and pride for being part of such a special group and for the possibility granted to our associates of sharing unique moments with the belgian team that travelled to Portugal: Dimitri, Abdellah, Manu, Hassan and Marco, unmatched human beings and extraordinary aikido practitioners…


Tuesday, 10 February 2009

International Seminar: February 27th and March 1st - Luc Deweys Sensei

[February 27th and March 1st 2009]

Luc Deweys Sensei, 5th Dan AIKIKAI, will host an AIKIDO seminar on February 27th and March 1st. Students from the Le Chu Shin Aiki Dojo - Brussels are expected to attend the seminar which will have the following agenda:

February 27th 2009

5 p.m. Administrative Procedures

from 5:15 p.m. to 7 p.m. – course for monitors/ instructors or graduates.


Rua D. Nuno Álvares Pereira, 433

4450-216 Matosinhos

GPS: Latitude - 41°10'35.67"N - Longitude - 8°40'35.70"W

March 1st 2009

8:30 a.m. Administrative Procedures

9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. – 1st Session (advanced class)

10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.– 2nd Session


Rua da Alegria, 503

4000-199 PORTO

GPS: Latitude: 41° 9'15.29"N - Longitude: 8°36'12.39"W


– Participation in the Aikido sessions implies that all aikido practitioners MUST be gathered at the tatami 15 minutes before session start.

– A duly updated Aikido insurance is mandatory.

– Should the above conditions change, a rectification note will be posted on this Blog.

For further infos:

– aikido.aparn@gmail.com

– António Barbosa: +351 965 384 620 / +351 916 967 934

– Camilo Carneiro: +351 935 516 169