If you ever tried to find some good educational videos about ukemi – there’s a good chance that you stopped looking right when Donovans Meeting the Mat explanations were found. This is what happened to me. You may get no idea why it’s attractive but you will get the feel that everything should work just like that because of the softness and smoothness of the moves.
Donovan Waite got his first Dan at the age of 14. Through years of practice he had a chance to learn from a lot of foremost instructors and spent over ten years as Yamada Senseis uchi-deshi. He’s doing aikido now for almost 50 years and is a 7th Dan Aikikai certified Shihan.
Donovan Waite is an answer on how could the aikido work in a real life. This is how a big man is able to perform. And it’s not only about a big power, one should put this kind of power in a very special place. Just watch his ukes go flying when he wants them to.
Sensei is teaching in his Philadelphia dojo and all around the world these days. Besides Meeting the Mat video set Donavan Waite Sensei prepared one more product to be used remotely: Aikido3D. Looks interesting but you must not forget to go to dojo in order to improve anyway.