This past Tuesday we were honored to host a special guest instructor. Ed Di Marco Sensei, 6th dan shidoin and chief instructor for Lake County Aikikai, happened to be in Jacksonville on business. We were quick to ask that he teach both evening classes, and of course he graciously agreed.
During the first class, we saw several interesting tsuki variations, including a kokyu-nage I had not seen before. The second class consisted of weapons work, including a paired jo and bokken kata I first encountered at New York Aikikai, in a class taught by Sugano Sensei. Which of course is not surprising since Di Marco Sensei trained in New York for twenty years.
We took lots of pictures, a few of which are posted below. Enjoy!