The cold,  cold wind
in the empty air,  and everywhere -
the sound of the pines…

- – - Onitsura

…in the dojo(69) – kids with shinai!!!…


O’Sensei no kuden: Kokyu

It’s as if the wind is blowing through my body – - -

- – -   reported by Michio Hikitsuchi Shihan in the introduction to Aikido : recherche du geste vrai  by Gérard Blaize,  p.12

The Other Half of Training…

PHS  [Philippe Salgues]  Every year you offer a one-week summer aikido workshop in Hendaye. The morning is dedicated to intensive physical and technical practice. The afternoon is reserved for more relaxed practice where you reveal in great detail both external and internal movements of the body and their self-defence (goshin-jutsu) applications according to the principal of aiki. These summer workshops, for students and teachers alike, are privileged moments because they allow one to settle into a teaching relationship that is long enough to deal with the essentials, and with important concepts. A lot is said, movements shown and explained, and much of value is is passed on to the students for their future daily work.  What belongs to the mat, belongs to the mat: and there is there a powerful sequence of training. Nevertheless, there are other extremely powerful moments, little known by us in the West, which consist of conversations – more or less formal conversations – during which masters and disciples, teachers and students discuss the practice of the art. This is not at all a simple repetition of what was said on the tatami, but rather an extension and a completion of what happened there, which places the art in a larger context, or illuminates it throught the personal experience of the expert or the master. It is this part of the teaching process that you have chosen to shed light on in this chapter.

PHG:   Yes. I find it important to extend the teaching given on the tatami through free discussion with the students in, for example,  a café,  or sitting in a hotel lobby after a restaurant…

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…”O-Sensei told stories, and I listened”…

Aikido Today:   How did you associate with O-Sensei outside the dojo?

Hikitsuchi Shihan:   O-Sensei told stories, and I listened.  He spoke of a variety of things.  Whenever I was with him,  I was always paying attention.

- – - from the Aikido Today interview,  translation revised by Peter Shapiro

Pat is playing the Shangri-La, Thursday April 17…

…at 7:00 pm


Nito Kendo seminar in Ontario, OR – July 18-20


Niten Ichi Ryu Musashi Kai – 7th US Nito Kendo Seminar

featuring Heido 9th Dan, Kendo Kyoshi 7th Dan
Hirotsugu Sasaki, Vice-chairman/chief master, co-author, Musashi no Ken book, contributing author, AJKF
Nito Guidebook.

“…We are looking forward to seeing you at this year’s seminar.  Please join Kendo players of all skill levels for a unique Kendo learning experience. Both Nito and Itto kenshi will benefit from this event. Seminar is open to beginners and advanced rank. Valuable to people studying Nito now, or simply wanting to learn how to face Nito players…”

More info and registration at http://www.idaho-kendo.com/nito/

Peter has two shows playing…

…with his sound designs:  The Uncanny Valley,  at Boise Contemporary Theater,  April 2 – 26,

and  the Idaho Shakespeare Festival’s  Shakespearience  schools tour of Romeo and Juliet. Touring Idaho  March 2 to May 3.  shakespearienceRnJCROP

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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