Aiki-no-Yugen-no-Kigaku-ho, Saturday, September 3

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 *



O’Sensei no kuden: Ame no Ukihashi

A person who is working on making progress in aikido above all else must do the following: with super-clear understanding, and holding it in your heart, you must, with eagle-eyes, see the universe as it really is  1), and gather it into yourself – and then, making this [way of being] your foundation, you must keep the gates of your being always open [to everything around you].

– – – O’Sensei, probably audio-recorded by by Masatake Fujita, transcribed by Sadateru Arikawa Shihan, published in Aiki-Shinzuip. 13

1) in other words: perceive the ground of being, the ‘Great Absolute’, Tai-Kyoku



O’Sensei on “A-O-U-E-I…” (2)

While you are uttering this ‘A’ sound, if you gradually close your lips and make them both equally more rounded, then quite naturally the sound that you are making will become an ‘O’.

Filling yourself with the Spirit of Mizu from the sky, ‘O’  is ki-energy awakening and arising, the ki-energy of exaltation and celebration, circling on high, and  – with musubi – connecting the sky above us with Heaven and Earth. This is how the sangen manifest.

And your breath and ki, settling in the mouth, become interwoven inside the mouth when you sound this ‘O’, and so it is named ‘the excellent cloud-field kami‘:


And it has another name ‘kami of the narrow part of the landscape’:


– – – O’Sensei, probably audio-recorded by by Masatake Fujita, transcribed by Sadateru Arikawa Shihan, published in Aiki-Shinzui, p. 75-76

…dressing rooms in the sunshine…


~-~-AME-NO-UZUME-ZOU at Tsubaki!!!-~-~




Rebeca is teaching cante (flamenco singing)…

TedXperformingCROP…group classes on Tuesdays, 6:15… private classes by arrangement… accompanied by Mahavia guitarist, Derren Crosby Davidavich… starting September 6…

...and Rebeca’s new CD: ‘VOGT’  by PALANKEEN…


…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’s new sculpture is here!!!…

…a sturdy small horse/ large pony, Torran is 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….



…and two workshops are coming up: The Art of an Expressive Equine Face , Saturday-Sunday, September 3-4,  (with Open Studio on Monday, September 5)… and  We’ve got Legs , Saturday-Sunday, November 12-13, (with Open Studio on Monday, November 14)… 



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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