…Frog on water-lily leaves!!!…


A Journey Through O’Sensei’s ‘Budo’ – 4: Irimi Tenka, Sunday August 16, 12:30-5:30



 “It is by kokyu that we align ourselves with the wonderful art of kiki no myo-o…it is the connection of fire and water, the structure of time and space, …the expression of eternal pulsating energy…in which spirit, mind and matter cannot be separated…” – - – O’Sensei

“Tomorrow will be a bright and sunny day…and it’s this ‘tomorrow’ of yours that I take hold of in its entirety when I do kokyu-ho…” – - – Sasaki Masando Shihan

Breathing is musubi, the resolution of physical and spiritual essence into one…” – - – Mitsugi Saotome Shihan

Without resisting your opponent’s strength, but stretching it out and leading it in a circular movement – this is Tenkan…”- – - Koichi Tohei Shihan

Step around to the side of your partner….with your held wrist in the center of the motion, you will be in a position to perform an upward swing…”- – - Morihiro Saito Shihan

So… in each of our workshops we’ve been focusing on aspects of blending energy while entering.  I think a lot of people have trouble with this:  they mistake pushing hard, or force, for actually understanding blending. Kokyu requires true blending with [the] universal energy and your partner, so it’s an inclusive practice.

We’ve been looking at ways to  make contact with yourself, to eliminate your own anxious aggressions, even if they may seem positive. As we do this you can understand that the more relaxed and solidified your body is,  the more easy the entry.

And consolidation and proper movement allow perfect entry without collision…

Sunday, August 16, at the dojo, 12:30-5:30, $25

Please park at Elm Grove Park.

for more information contact Kimbal Anderson Sensei (208) 407-7590

…practitioners of all styles of aikido welcome…


Aiki-no-Yugen-no-Kigaku-ho, Saturday, August 1

Understanding that the mystery of existence is directly related to the ki-connectedness between us all can allow us to learn techniques for influencing an audience, fellow-performers, or an opposing swordsman. And the experience of practising these same techniques enhances our own creative flow and powers of collaboration.

Kigaku – - – the study of ki – - – is a part of most traditional Japanese arts – - – comprising a rich body of practice and wisdom: ki-flow, kizeme, working with our ki-body…

Practising these traditional exercises in the sacred dojo space, constructed according to mikkyo principles, is in itself a powerful and revelatory experience, and a making contact with the roots of Suzuki actor training,  and of many  gendai martial arts.

Practised as a ‘do‘, a Way, kigaku is a gateway to the mysterious: monji yugen kigaku-ho –  A returning to the roots of the ancient (ken-no-michi) to deepen the modern (Suzuki-ho).

“…opened up new opportunity for continuing growth, already reflected by improved engagement in my writing these past two days.” – Heidi Kraay, playwright and theater-practitioner

For performers, artists, and creative practitioners of every tradition. 

First Saturday of the month, 9:00 – 10:30am.

* mat fee $15 *



Morihiro Saito Shihan on Kokyu-nage…


Turn inwards towards aite’s side or flank. Making the wrist that has been grasped the pivot-point, “lower your shoulder, elbow, koshi and have a strong feeling of ‘down’” *  and [you will find that by doing this] your structure becomes organized in such a way that you are able to swing your arm upwards and hold it high.

At the time that you execute the throw, take a single step inwards towards the rear of aite.

This training is a lot less easy if you are putting force into your shoulder, or if you are focusing on the hand or fore-arm that has been taken.

* Kuden from O’Sensei

- – - Traditional Aikido vol. 3,  p.30



In kokyu-nage, the way you twist your koshi from hanmi is particularly important. Of course, since other waza, too, are impossible without that twist of the koshi, a deal of investigation and repetition are essential!

It is easy to see – in fact, you can perceive with a single glance – when someone has not been training enough in kokyu-nage. It’s obvious because their koshi is not as mobile as it should be, and isn’t doing much….

- – - Takemusu Aikido vol. 4,  p. 13

Koichi Tohei Shihan on Sayu Undo…

…a preparatory exercise for Katate-dori and Morote-dori Kokyu-nage.

Stand easily with feet apart.

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Count One. Swing your arms up to the left side, palms upward, your face always to the front (Photo 25).

Count Two. Lower your hips by bending your left knee and straightening out your right leg. Keep your upper body erect (Photo 26).

….Make a conscious effort to think about the underside of your arms. If your mind is on the upperside of the arms, they can be lifted up easily.

sayu undo27SMALLsayu undo28SMALLCount Three. Do the same movement toward your right side, completing it at count Four (Photos 27 and 28).

When you are doing this exercise, you must feel confident that you can throw your opponent by movements of your arms as at counts Two and Four.

If you try to throw him down using only your arms, you will find it difficult, but if you learn to use your [koshi] movement to throw him, you will find it easy. If your arms and [koshi] can be moved easily by your instructor’s pushing, you cannot expect to throw an opponent.

- – – Koichi Tohei Shihan,  “Supervised by Morihei Uyeshiba  [O'Sensei]”   Aikido the Arts of Self-Defense,   pp.  69-70

…leaves and fence…


…from the Zen Forest…

Out in front of the garden, the moon shines bright,
but the pine tree has no shadow…
Outside of the railings the wind is still,
but you can hear the bamboo…

- – - from the Zenrinkushu

The movie ‘Bluebird Man’ with Rebeca’s music…

11695952_1163292657019573_2680030813577446429_n…will be part of the 7th season of the nationally syndicated television series, Natural Heroes, airing on public television stations across the United States and into Canada, this coming winter.

…Rebeca’s CD,  Mostecelo, is…

. here …and a preview of the very, very soon upcoming here!

Peter has a show playing with his sound design…

Romeo and Juliet at the Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, July 10 – August 22…    (photograph by Joy Strotz)Romeo-and-Juliet-1-Photo-Credit-Roger-Mastroianni

…and he will be teaching a ‘Sound as Art’ workshop at The Atlanta School  Friday September 11th – Sunday September 13th… …with two free performances:  mid-afternoon and  after dark on Sunday the 13th of September,  in and around the old mining-town of Atlanta, Idaho...


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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