O’Sensei no kuden: peace in the world (12)

Budo is Love…

– – – reported by Kenji Tomiki Sensei, Aiki News interview, December 1981


The Chinese Connection (5)

It had been a widely known but little discussed fact within the [Hombu] dojo [in Tokyo] that after Ueshiba had spent a long time in China…his entire technique changed…

– – – from Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body, Bruce Frantzis, p. 8

I studied with O’Sensei Morihei Ueshiba… during my undergraduate days in Japan…between 1967 and 1969….Ueshiba was far beyond [what I saw of Tokyo-based]  aikijitsu‘s level of sophistication. His ability to enter; turn, attract, and then play with and lead an opponent’s chi and mind was phenomenal….

It is my opinion…that it is completely reasonable to assume Ueshiba studied ba gua while he was in China. The entering, turning, and leading of one’s opponent, as well as the undreds of subtle energy projections of aikido are fundamental ba gua techniques that existed long before Ueshiba’s birth….

With Ueshiba, you began to expect the paranormal. I still vividly remember that he could get behind you so quickly it was as if he had disappeared. The same is true of top ba gua people. You could have Ueshiba clearly in your sight, and suddenly he was gone. Then, with equal suddenness, he was back. Ueshiba would then fake a hit and then joint-lock and/or throw you to the ground. In contrast, ba gua people typically would actually hit you first and then throw you to the ground. This “now you see me, now you don’t” is one of the great martial strengths of ba gua adepts. Unlike a boxer or karate person, whose hand you can see coming at you, ba gua people have…a strange kind of speed that is so subtle you cannot perceive its origin or destination.

In watching films of the late master, one can see Ueshiba clearly demonstrating many of the chi principles of ba gua. But while these chi principles are referred to in the vaguest of terms in aikido… in ba gua the critical energy principles are articulated in great depth and are specified in a systematic way….

– – – from The Power of Internal Martial Arts, Bruce Frantzis, pp.118-119

…Guy Debord / La Société du Spectacle(34)…


  • “Exchange value” could only come into being as the agent of “usage value,”  but its victory by its own force of arms has created the conditions for it to have dominion under its own flag.  Organizing every and all human usage… claiming and seizing a monopoly on the satisfaction deriving from that usage… it has ended up  c o n t r o l i n g    t h a t    u s a g e   i t s e l f .   So the process of exchange has proclaimed itself actually to be absolutely every possible usage, and has brought simple old-fashioned “usage” to its knees. “Exchange value” is “usage value’s” hired mercenary,  who has ended up making war on his own account. 

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The sea-peoples and the ancient Egyptians.  The Huns and the Roman Empire.  And today: how much US military presence is actually contractors?

Certainly, intelligence and military hackers all round the world are mostly contractors.  Cyber-warfare is contracted out.  And when they do recruit geeks and hackers directly into the intelligence services: dress-code and drug-codes are relaxed.  They are a different class…

…who control the means of production.

Three millennia ago, money in the Western world was invented, probably, to pay and control mercenaries: by marking their bits of gold with the sign of who they had just been fighting for.  But now we have Bitcoin.

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Lydia cheated their mercenaries by mixing  30% gold, 70% silver, and a trace of copper to make it look like gold.  So right from the start,  Western money was rooted in deception.  But now we have Bitcoin.

That only geeks can mine.

Rooted in reason.

But not in generosity.

Nor in any wider sense of transaction…beyond the more hermetic reaches of the virtual world…

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…frogs for good luck…

Peter has a show playing with his sound design: ‘Oslo’…

…TONY AWARD WINNING: ‘BEST PLAY’,  playing in the Vivian Beaumont Theater at the Lincoln Center,  New York,  March 23 – July 16…

"Can we make peace with enemies? OSLO gives us hope." -Daily News

Posted by Lincoln Center Theater on Thursday, April 20, 2017

Rebeca is teaching ‘Cante’ (Flamenco singing)…


...group classes on Tuesdays, 6:15… private classes by arrangement… accompanied by Mahavia guitarist, Derren Crosby Davidavich…  …contact Rebeca-san on (208) 713-0235, or at RRLeatherwing@outlook.com …

..and Rebeca-san’s latest CD: ‘VOGT’  by PALANKEEN…vogtCDnOPENCOVER

…the digital download is available here,  and the  CD’s are available on the same link.  You can buy them here in Boise at Doyle’s on Broadway,  and at the Record Exchange.

Lynn has a new sculpture available…

...AEOS, an Iberian stallion, available in Resin, cast to order, from LynnAFraley.com

and she is teaching a workshop:

Wire to Whinny

Friday-Sunday, September 8-10 (with Open Studio on Sept. 11)

In this three-day workshop students learn the basics of equine anatomy, how to best utilize references, form an armature, and then apply clay to create a sculpture….

A change of optic:

Aikido is a gem of many facets – sometimes it seems that every one of O’Sensei’s students remembered a different teacher, and of course, many, many different styles have been preserved and developed – but here is one facet that clicked into focus for me recently:

what if O’Sensei spent his time away from Iwama and Tokyo coherently pursuing what he felt to be his “mission in life”?…

what if he spent his time away from Iwama and Tokyo creating and nurturing a network of dojos run by Omoto-Kyo, ex-Omoto-Kyo and Ko-Shinto believers ( hand-picked deshi,  some of them raised, almost, as members of his family) – – – and ex-Kamikaze pilots, too (!) – often with his own name on the sign –  in places – and close to shrines…

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