Guillaume Erard and Nicola Rossi

Like every year, the Hombu Dojo was closed for a week over the summer. Hombu students usually take advantage of this free time to gather in order to train informally, even though the heat of Japanese summers can be pretty exhausting. On one of these days, I met with at the Shinjuku Sports Center my friend Nicola Rossi, a 4th Dan student of the Hombu Dojo, and we proceeded to throw each other while taking a few videos. This video is pretty interesting for me since it was the first time that I made use of a Glidecam to film some Aikido practice. I wish we could have included all of these shots in this video but both both our lack of experience (leading to some jerky footage) and the fact that the Glidecam is not necessarily the most appropriate tool on subjects that turn and rotate quickly (as opposed to those that move on more or less linear patterns), we had to include some larger static angles in order to stabilize the overall feeling and help the viewers get a sense of where in space we were. Still, the result is pretty promising and I look forward to using the Glidecam again for Aikido videos!

Practice in Shinjuku Sport Center. Tori: Guillaume Erard, Uke: Nicola Rossi

Practice in Shinjuku Gyoen. Tori: Guillaume Erard, Uke: Nicola Rossi

Nicola Rossi is a very talented Italian Aikidoka who also cross-trains in Ju-jutsu and Judo. It was the first time that we trained together out of the Hombu Dojo and our differences in size and style were a challenge at first, especially since we really wanted to demonstrate in this video the harmonious side of Aikido. Overall, I am pretty happy with these videos even though I am pretty sure that with some more practice, we can improve a bit on the blending.

Tori: Nicola Rossi, Uke: Guillaume Erard

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Guillaume Erard
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Founder of the site in 2007, Guillaume has a passion for Japanese culture and martial arts. After having practiced Judo during childhood, he started studying Aikido in 1996, and Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu in 2008. He currently holds the ranks of 4th Dan in Aikido (Aikikai) and 2nd Dan in Daito-ryu Aiki-jujutsu (Takumakai). Guillaume is also passionate about science and education and he holds a PhD in Molecular and Cell Biology since 2010. He currently lives in Tokyo and works as a consultant for medical research. > View Full Profile

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