ContactKimbal Anderson, Sensei Komyozan@gmail.com 208-407-7590 1922 N 21st St., Boise ID, 83702
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May Peace Prevail on Earth
IRIMI TENKA [KATATE-DORI KOKYU-HO]
“It is by kokyu that we align ourselves with the wonderful art of ki…ki 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…
KOKYU-HO as KIHON:
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
…a preparatory exercise for Katate-dori and Morote-dori Kokyu-nage.
Stand easily with feet apart.
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.
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
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
…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…
…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...
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…