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May Peace Prevail on Earth
…But I learned from Kobayashi Shihan: “Uke is Tori“. This means:
- Being more in control of Tori through your ukemi. When you can do really good ukemi, then your partner can perform Tori more securely: and in this way you can support your partner as they practise Tori.
- Uke becomes Tori. After your ukemi you can quickly react and with Kaeshi-waza slip into the rôle of Tori. For this reason, when I was a student, I used to be uke over and over again – and that’s how I got my nickname: “Ukemoto” instead of Kunimoto.
- At the time that I was teaching Aikido in Kodera, Kobayashi Shihan used to teach the way to “improve your waza by taking ukemi. “ If you take the opportunity to learn not just by watching, but by taking ukemi – thus through direct physical contact – this is how you will best come to understand the techniques. I was always very happy to be [Kobayashi] Shihan’s uke.
Train diligently, and take to heart these benefits of practising as uke.
- – - Yasuhiko Kunimoto, in Bu-Iku: Ritterlichkeits-Erziehung, tr. Kiyoko Furumoto, p.52
The goal of Budo is Friendship. Train in such a way that your spirit harmonizes with everything that lives on this Earth.
- – - recorded by André Nocquet Shihan, reported by J.-D Cauhépé and A. Kuang, Shobu aïki. La victoire selon l’art chevaleresque de Morihei Ueshiba, pp. 38, and 43
From out of nowhere
clouds are coming up…
- – - Santoka
‘VOGT’ by PALANKEEN…
…the digital download is available here, and the CD’s are available on the same link. They will also soon be here in Boise at Doyle’s on Broadway, and probably at the Record Exchange.
…and the movie ‘Bluebird Man’ with Rebeca’s music…
…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.
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…