What kind of husband gives up part of his weekend to help his wife contort dolls into Aikido poses? A wonderful one.
On the wall behind them are the 2 things found in every dojo (school). A poster that says Ai Ki Do and a picture of O-Sensei, Morihei Ueshiba (the founder of Aikido). Many of the movements start with “Grab my wrist…” (shown above)
Your partner then uses your energy to throw/push/pull you around. This (above) is part of Ikkyo.
Using your opponent’s energy means even a weaker person can “throw” a stronger one. Here, Galina shows the end of the Ikkyo movement.
Knowing how to fall properly is essential. Here, Alister demonstrates a forward roll. Your hand hits first and your body rolls along.
More practice with the ever-important front rolls. Galina rolls over Alister.
Twisting arms into various painful positions can disable your opponent immediately. Alister is doing Shiho Nage on Galina and she shows a kote gaeshi pin on him.
If you want to see these in action, youtube has many examples. A search for Steven Seagal and Aikido will entertain you for a while.
And if you just want your dolls to look cute click here for the hakama pattern