Interview with Hélène Doué, 5th Dan Aikikai and long term student of Christian Tissier Shihan. This interview was shot at the Aikikai Ibaraki Banch dojo during the 74th National Sport Festival in Japan.
Many thanks to the Aikikai Ibaraki Branch teachers, Isoyama Hiroshi Shihan and Inagaki Shigemi Shihan, and to the International Aikido Federation [https://aikido-international.org], for making this video possible.
— SUMMARY —
0:00 – Start
00:47 – How did you start Aikido and hy?
01:41 – Many people trained at Le Cercle Tissier, but very few actually started there.
02:19 – What are the advantages and disadvantages of starting Aikido at Le Cercle Tissier?
03:23 – Through the last 30 years, things must have changed, if only with regard to Christian Tissier’s involvement in terms of day-to-day practice.
08:42 – Le Cercle Tissier welcomes a lot of visitors. What is the usual ration of full members on the tatami?
10:20 – Did you ever practice in a different style of Aikido?
11:00 – When did you decide to do Aikido full time?
11:58 – You and your husband now teach in your own respective dojos, right?
13:02 – Does your practice still essentially revolve around your dojo, rather than seminars?
14:41 – After 30 years training in the same budo, in the same environment, what motivates you to keep stepping on the tatami every day?
16:37 – Does the fact that you and Fabrice are both full-time Aikido instructors help you deal with the ups and downs?
17:28 – Fabrice and you being both prominent Aikido teachers, do you sometimes get competitive with each other?
20:10 – Do you teach techniques differently compared to the way that your own teachers did, in order to make sure that your students don’t get the same injuries as their elders?
23:06 – What do you bring to the table, compared to other advanced practitioners from Vincennes who teach seminars?
24:47 – How important is it for a female practitioner to have access to female teachers?
27:40 – There are more males than females in the Aikido teaching staff. Is it the fruit of political decisions or is it just that less females are interested in taking on teaching responsibilities?
29:01 – Though the numbers are decreasing, what is the main motivation for young people to start Aikido today?
32:40 – Regarding the role of Aikido outside the tatami, what did aikido bring to your life that no other discipline could have done?
Additional footage by Dozo Aikido https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8HSMWCDyz_AK0fEscWUJtg
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