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Aiki-no-Yugen-no-Kigaku-ho, Saturday, October 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 *

 

 

…feather-light-touch Tai-no-Henko!!!…

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“When we bend forward, the yang ch’i enters…

…When we bend backward, the yin ch’i enters….” – – – Ch’ang Nai-Chou,   tr. Douglas Wile,  T’ai Chi’s Ancestors,  p. 85

  • see the aiki-taiso at 12:18 – – –

There are many precursors to those internal martial arts that we know today: one is the un-named art of Master Ch’ang Nai-Chou (early 18C), whose writings were edited and published by Hsu Chen in 1932…they are lengthier and more detailed than the Tai Ch’i Classics…

O’Sensei on “A-O-U-E-I…” (5)

‘I’…

…and then, while you are sounding the ‘E’ phoneme, if you rotate through 180 degrees the shape of the breath and ki inside your mouth, and make it even more forceful, then at that time, quite naturally and spontaneously  you will find yourself singing an ‘I’.  When you sound this ‘I’ phoneme with as much force as you can, then quite naturally and spontaneously it becomes a ‘GI’.  At this point, you have reached the Father Sounds  [ – ‘GI, SHI, CHI, NI, HI, MI, YI, RI’… – ] that define the limits of the expanding array of phonemes, and you have sounded all the Mother Sounds [ – ‘A, O, U, E, I’ – ] that define the limits of the expanding array of phonemes.  For this reason, the ‘I’ phoneme is celebrated as  –

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and the ‘GI’ phoneme is celebrated – with all respect – as  –

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– – – O’Sensei, probably audio-recorded by by Masatake Fujita, transcribed by Sadateru Arikawa Shihan, published in Aiki-Shinzui,  p. 76

…wish-fulfilling jewel!!!…

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Jolene is organizing Big Sur, Esalen Institute Community Singing facilitator…

Lisa G. Littlebird’s visit to Boise, Friday-Sunday Sept.30 – Oct. 2, with Wholehearted Chorus-style workshops, a potluck, and a devotional event…

  • …River Time Yoga, Friday  7:30pm, Saturday  1:30pm
  • …house concert and potluck, Saturday  6pm
  • …Yoga for Wellness, Sunday  9:00am

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Lynn has won the Marilyn Nemark award at the AAEA Fall Showcase…

lynnataaeawins-1…for ‘Got Cow?…

…the exhibition runs September 16 – October 31 at the Scott County Arts and Cultural Center, 117 N. Water Street, Georgetown, KY40324…’Breathe’  and ‘Winter’s Whimsey’ are also on display…gotcowwins-1fraleyl-breathe-14hx18-5lx9w-copy-1fraley_syringa72dpi_1024pxw_forweb-2

…also ‘Syringa’ is on display in A Glimpse into the Artist’s Mind III,   September 12 – October 28 at the Boise State University Student Union Building Gallery…

…and Lynn-san’s studio, at 2005 C. Columbus Street,  is included in this year’s BOSCO open studio weekendopen Friday, Oct 7 from 4 – 8 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday, Oct 8 & 9, from  10a.m. to 6 p.m. …and Lynn-san will be demonstrating sculpting at Boise Art Museum as part of the BOSCO Preview Night, Thursday, October  6,  4 – 8 p.m

LYNN-SAN’S LATEST SCULPTURE is a sturdy small horse/ large pony, Torran…  not strictly breed specific (though he strides through Lynn-san’s imagination with Spanish or Celtic ancestors).   Torran is a traditional-scale, resin release — available for order now…. www.lynnafraley.com

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…and Lynn-san is teaching a workshop:   We’ve got Legs , Saturday-Sunday, November 12-13, (with Open Studio on Monday, November 14)… 

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Rebeca will be singing Flamenco with Mahavia…

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… at The Sapphire Room, Riverside Hotel, Saturday October 22 at 7:30pm…  … traditional Spanish flamenco with  Rebeca-san, guitarist Derren Davidavich Crosby and dancers Julianna ‘La Patita’ Thomas and Kelli Brown. Food and drink available!!!     Tickets here and at 1-800-838-3006 …

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…Rebeca-san is also 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 new 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.

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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