A Journey Through O’Sensei’s ‘Budo’ – 4: Irimi Tenka, Sunday August 2, 12:30-5:30

IRIMI TENKA  [KATATE-DORI KOKYU-HO]

 “It is by kokyu that we align ourselves with the wonderful art of kiki 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 2, 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…

 

The movie ‘Bluebird Man’ with Rebeca’s music…

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…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…

. here …and a preview of the very, very soon upcoming here!

Peter 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...KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERA

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…

read more:

…peace pole!!!…

…late in 1942…

“….On August 7, after consultations with the appropriate judges, [Judge Takano] released [Onasiburo, Sumiko and Isao] on bail, and they appeared in the outside world for the first time in six years and eight months….

“My cousin Yasuaki Deguchi…writes in ‘Founder of a New Religion’….’To the followers who came to see him, he would say with emphasis, “There will be no divine help in this war,” “This war is a war between devils, so do not get involved”….’

“….even now he did not hold back from his outspoken remarks. ‘On the day I left prison, Japan’s defeat in the war began,’ he said.

“On August 7, 1942, the day Onisaburo was released, American forces landed on Guadalcanal, and the first naval battle of the Solomon Islands began….

“He would say, ‘They did all this to Omoto and don’t even come to apologize. So Japan will be attacked by the foreign enemy and will be beaten.’….’God dislikes killing. Omoto will not cooperate in the war.’

“….Telling soldiers leaving for service overseas, ‘Fire your guns into the air,’ he would give them advice according to their respective destinations….To troops leaving for the front, Onisaburo issued special amulets on which were written the words, ‘Victory to the Enemy’….

- – - – from The Great Onisaburo Deguchi,  Kyotaro Deguchi,  tr. Charles Rowe, publ. Aiki News, pp. 285-9

…earlier in 1942…

“…by 1942, [the Dai Nippon Butoku Kai] became literally a part of government organization and it was managed under the direct and joint supervision of ministry of education, ministry of health, ministry of navy, ministry of army and ministry of interior. The headquarters of DNBK located in Heian Shrine was moved to the ministry of health. As a result of this governmental authority, DNBK controlled All Student Soldier Physical Education Promotion Association, Kodokan, Nippon Kobudo Association, All Japan Kendo Federation…

read more:

…1942-1948 – Ubuya…

“It may be that, at the time, we [this young people's class in Iwama] were the only existing Aikido class in Japan – perhaps even in the world.”
- – - Kazuaki Tanahashi,   Aikiweb interview

“In 1946 when I was admitted into Aikido, the site of the Iwama Dojo with an area of more than 20,000 tsubo was just a forest of Japanese oak trees, dotted with the Aiki Shrine,  Dojo,  and a farm. The location of the Dojo almost eluded detection. The local neighbors had not the foggiest idea of what was going on inside the Dojo and would not dare approach it.”
- – - Morihiro Saito Shihan,  Traditional Aikido,  vol.5,  p.20

“For seven years, Ueshiba O’Sensei hid away in the mountains, and said not a word: he was silent. But by his silence he was teaching, making something very great, by saying nothing.”
- – - André Nocquet Shihan, Maître Morihei Ueshiba: présence et message  p.97

 

…zori!!!…

…on preparing to travel – with kasa and zori…

Basho is leaving -
and after his death,
the years have no end…

- – - Buson

…polishing stone…