…hops drying(2)…

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The sayings of Hirokazu Kobayashi Shihan

You should never make the same movement twice. If, as you watch a technique, you have the impression that it’s the right hand that’s pushing, well then, probably it’s the left, or even, if it’s not the left that’s pushing, then the right is pulling. If you think that the action happens above,  it is performed below. When you are attacked by a single person, act as if there were four attackers. Try to see better but understand that the thing that is being done is never the thing that you see. That which is apparent is never that which is truly.

- – - reported by André  Cognard Shihan (So-Shihan of Aikido Kobayashi Ryu and designated successor to Hirokazu Kobayashi Shihan) in  Petit manuel d’aikido,  p.136

O’Sensei no kuden: Keiko (9)

If you are present in the “present”, you embody in your movement total spontaneity.

- – – translated (and possibly paraphrased in translation) by Itsuo Tsuda, recorded by André Nocquet Shihan in his Hombu training diary.  Published in Maître Morihei Ueshiba: présence et message  p.129

…in the dojo(84) ki-work!!!…

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…mozu naku…

A shrike cries…
the setting sun cuts through
an airy stand of tall red pines…

- – - Bancho

…in the dojo(85)…

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Peter has a show playing…

with his sound design:   Venus in Fur,    October 8 – November 1,   at Boise Contemporary Theater.venusinfur

Jeff has an animated mini-series coming out…

…on which he was storyboard supervisor:    Over the Garden Wall,  by Patrick McHale,  airing soon, on the Cartoon Network.
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The movie ‘Bluebird Man’ with Rebeca’s music…

…will have a screening at  The MK Nature Center in Boise,  on Monday, January 12th;  and at the Wild And Scenic Film Festival  in Nevada City, CA, January 15th – 18th.Prairie-BBT-9294crop

 

Rebeca’s latest CD, Mostecelo, is…
mostecelo2here …and a preview of the upcoming here!

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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