- — – - – - – - – he is in our thoughts- – - – - – - – -
- – - – - – - – - – and greatly missed – - – - – - – - -
…by mental formulation and breathing…
At the end of your meditation session, get up and move about, sliding your feet on the ground: a movement which you also practise in the Dojo. If you think strongly “roots-roots-roots…” you will notice almost immediately that your steps are getting shorter, and as you concentrate more and more on this word, you will find your feet sticking more and more to the ground: in the end you will come to a complete stop and be fixed in place. When the feeling of being connected to the ground, that this mental formulation produces, is perfectly and clearly perceived, by breathing out in little breaths: “roots-roots…” you will discover a new and mysterious amplification of the phenomenon. Once you are trained in this, you can consciously apply this procedure: notably in the first and third sections of Zengo Undo, in Happo Undo, and in all your movements, in such a way that from this time on, you will unconsciously invoke it in all your physical actions.
- – - recorded by André Nocquet Shihan’s first student, upon his return to Paris: J.D. Cauhepé , and by A. Kuang, in Le jeu des energies respiratoires, gestuelles et sonores dans la pratique de l’aikido, p. 64
Aikido consists of joining, tying together, linking (AIKIDO WA MUSUBI).
In a Kokyu-Ho movement, it’s the same thing: you must link your two hands together in their actions, not work with just one hand thinking that that will be strong enough.
It’s like the neck of a kimono: the two pieces on left and right in front are crossed over one another, and that crossing over is how they join together, and that which gives shape to the piece of clothing.
It’s the same thing, in Japan, when two people serve each other with whatever it is they’re drinking: just as courtesy requires: each of them pours for the other. And they create, in doing it this way, a joining together.
Play with taking hold of your partner’s sleeve like this. If you pull, or press down on it, your partner will have a reaction. He will resist or he will raise his wrist. It’s on this principle that O’Sensei built Kokyu-Nage. So Kokyu-Ho also is working with reactions.
…It’s exactly the same for Kokyu-Ho. You think it’s something you have to achieve, perform Kokyu-Ho, “succeed” in performing the required movement, and as you think this, it all gradually becomes an impossibility. Just thinking about it, Kokyu-Ho becomes a weight on your mind before you even begin.
- – – reported by Olivier Gaurin Sensei, Aikido les secrets du Kokyu-Ho, pp. 25, 27.
Aiki is about being present in the “now”. If you want to make progress it is essential to free your thoughts from your objective “I”.
- – – translated (and possibly paraphrased in translation) by Itsuo Tsuda, recorded by André Nocquet Shihan . Published in Maître Morihei Ueshiba: présence et message p.106
chisel is cooling
in the clear spring water
- – - Buson
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…