The Aikido Kid a.k.a. The Black Van Damme

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“…He meticulously and precisely shuffled to the left, and then to the right (in a similar fashion to the little shop of horrors)…”

My Kanaky brother, Hnawish, had his Aikido graduation over the weekend and I was invited to take some photos of the event.

Hnawish - The Aikido Kid

Hnawish – The Aikido Kid

He had to pass some rigorous tests in order to obtain his black belt. And so he did -Hnawish threw, spun, whacked, jumped, and dove, then he dipped, dodged and grabbed with surgical precision. Bodies were flying left, right and centre – all in the spirit of good sport. He made it look so easy. A flick of the fingers and waaaaaaaah! They flew head over heels, literally – the photos prove it.

Throwing looks so easy

Throwing looks so easy

They came at him with wooden swords and knives. He meticulously and precisely shuffled to the left, and then to the right (in a similar fashion to the little shop of horrors), disarmed his opponents and brought them to their knees, literally (again). All it took was a little twist of the wrist, a tug from the elbow.

When someone comes at you with a timber sword...

Hnawish is ready…

How impressive! I know who I would love to be my bodyguard if I ever become an organised (or even disorganised) Mafia boss. Respect! Oh, and I forgot to mention, Hnawish graduated and is now a first dan black belt. Congratulations Master Hnawish!

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