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Atemi Workshop, Sunday January 17, 12:30-5:30

 “In the case where an enemy comes at you with a live sword first grab some dirt off the ground (actually, it’s OK even if there’s nothing) and throw it in the enemy’s eyes at the same time leaping forward…” – – – Kobukan training diary, 1938

Atemi must always be synchronous with your move to deflect your partner’s attack. A moment of hiatus between parrying your partner’s attack and delivering Atemi could result in his possible escape.” – – – Morihiro Saito Shihan

Our January workshop is going to be concerning atemi

I think it’s the alchemy of aikido:  it is the drop of something that catalyzes the energy of the situation, and causes a transformation of physical movement…

Usually people think atemi is limited to percussive technique – because that is one way of looking at the word. But I like the idea that body movement alone: body movement that – suddenly – advances uke‘s perception of distance and timing is a form of atemi.

Breathing is a form of atemi: I think with really good aiki movement you’ll find that,  once your balance is correctly taken, you’re not even breathing. You’re just in some type of  kyo, where everything stops…  and there can be a moment where nage will  join their breath with you, producing a kind of atemi .

I find that one of the lovely things about training is that taking ukemi is a wonderful form of atemi. If you think about a breakfall, something where you “meet the mat”, I find that that can shatter all kinds of bunched up energy in the body when done correctly. It’s a form of the Earth touching you back  A beautiful atemi.

I think, also, you cannot understand timing without studying atemi,  because it occurs all the time around you.

So we’re going to use it as the alchemy of aikido.

Sunday, January 17, 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…

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…for family, friends and fans of Lynn Fraley…
…with performance by The Christmas Interludes…


Hatsu-yuki ya!!!!


…in the dojo(125)…


O’Sensei no kuden: Keiko (18)

Be honest.

– – – reported by Gozo Shioda Shihan,  An Aikido Life – tr. Aiki News issue 79, p. 5

Rebeca’s new CD is out…



…the digital download is available here,  and the  CD’s are available on the same link.  You can buy them here in Boise at Doyle’s on Broadway,  and 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.

Peter is producing and performing in The Christmas Interludes…

…a Christmas in Boise tradition since 1983, now booking A Child’s Christmas in Wales and A Christmas Carol for Holiday parties around the Treasure Valley,  December  1 – 24, 26, 27…

PUBLIC PERFORMANCES  at Crazy Neighbor, in the Linen District, FIRST THURSDAY in December at 7:00pm… and at The Mode Lounge, Downtown Boise,  Sunday December 13 at 7:00 pm and Sunday December 20 at 7:00 pm.

(208) 830-6657

…and he has a show playing with his sound design:


…at Boise Contemporary TheaterNovember 24 – December 19NOMORESADTHINGSbanner

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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