….tangled vine….


…irimi-nage workshop…


“…for me Aikido (I’m now only six months in training) is the path not sought yet chosen. This workshop set my feet more assuredly on that path, both literally and figuratively. To train in such an open-hearted dojo is an extraordinary experience…”
– - ~ Lynn Fraley

O’Sensei no kuden: Kokyu(4)

You people [here, training...] your universe is small – [but look, see: ] my universe is big…

- – - reported by Seishiro Endo Shihan Vibration and Connection – The Aikido That I Pursue, p. 71

Morihiro Saito Shihan on Irimi-nage and Ki-flow…

Flow of “Ki

…[these exercises] may best be practised in three different ways. The first method may be
called rigid training (SOLID) in which you start functioning after  having your hand or other parts of the body held by your partner. This is the so-called static-to-static exercise
which is  deliberately  designed to  encourage  inflexible training.


The second method is flexible training (FLEXIBLE) which features both you and your partner being on the move. Flexible means, for instance, changing the angle of your hand held and thereby inducing a situation where a technique is easier to unleash.


The third method is called “flow of Ki“, a training formula which causes your partner’s “ki” to flow out (FLUID).


The Aikido Founder once described this as “training in the gravitation of the universe”. An
illustrious example of this is throwing your partner without coming  into contact with him at all by calling out his “Ki” and linking it with yours. This is made possible by forming a curtain of “Ki” between his hands and yours. Photo[s] below show… the type of Irimi-nage in which you turn your body obliquely for a throw in the face of an onrushing strike. Photo[s] on the right page show… Irimi-nage featuring “flow of Ki” which calls out your partner’s “Ki“.



- – - Morihiro Saito Shihan,  Aikido:  its Heart and Appearance    pp. 124-5





…first crocus…


…harukaze ya…shirasagi shiroshi…

the spring breeze blows…
…and a white crane flashes brilliant white
between the pines…

- – - Raizan

Random Thoughts

- – - by Jolene Starr

Random thoughts
or are they?

The Buddhists say let them go
just watch, like clouds passing in the sky

But maybe they contain some deeper secret
says my mind, something I need to know

Need to know? ask the Buddhists
is there anything you really need to know?

All that we really need to know
is our own True Nature

We don’t need to know what happened in the past
it only clutters and confuses

But the historians say that a past forgotten
is apt to be repeated. We must learn from the past

No, say the Buddhists
the only thing we need to remember

Is our own True Self
that expansive consciousness that has no beginning

and no end, encompassing all, everything
especially Joy and Peace and Love

Peter is teaching a ‘Sound as Art’ workshop…

…at The Atlanta School  Friday September 11th – Sunday September 13th… …with two free performances mid-afternoon and then after dark on Sunday the 13th…AtlantaSchoolcabin3

The movie Bluebird Man, with Rebeca’s music…

…has a screening coming up in Boise:   at The Egyptian Theatre on Saturday,  March 7th,  7:00pm:  the Land Trust of the Treasure Valley is hosting an evening of films from the Wild and Scenic Film Festivalbluebird4





…and Rebeca’s latest CD, Mostecelo, is…
mostecelo2 here …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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