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…Komyozan Dojo at Japan Day 2015!!!…

…Kimbal Anderson Sensei and Komyozan Dojo members will be performing embu at the Japan Day celebrations at the Basque Center, Saturday August 29, at lunchtime…Poster-Final2015-page-001

Sounds have sound waves, and light has light waves…

 - – - by Koichi Tohei Shihan

Sounds have sound waves, and light has light waves. No one will deny that sound and light waves have power. The mind that controls man is actual power that exists. The mind has mind waves.

The constant functioning of the cerebrum and cerebellum in man generates these mind waves. It is not strange to learn then that the energy of these mind waves creates great power.

If you would have your mind function with greater efficiency, you must concentrate your mind waves, not dissipate them as when you are trying to think about something to your right as well as to your left, or studying while you are thinking about playing. If you do this, the mind waves will be unable to create any kind of strength.

The mind must be concentrated instantaneously on problems directly as they arise, and yet must not cling to them. A mirror reflects an image instantly, but if the object that it is reflecting is taken away, no image remains. If the previous image were to remain, the mirror could not reflect a second object clearly. Concentrate your mind instantaneously on a problem but do not cling to it – and you have real concentration. To concentrate the mind on one object and cling to it may look like concentration. It is not – it is attachment.

- – – Koichi Tohei Shihan, “Supervised by Morihei Uyeshiba [O'Sensei]” Aikido the Arts of Self-Defense,  p. 47

…berries in summer…

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O’Sensei no kuden: in-yo(10)

This is the invisible energy-flow, which alone chooses and creates a gesture – a gesture which remains ephemeral – by imposing on the life-force a directivity which controls the organization and the axis of the movement, and the order in which the apparent “oppositions” of nage and uke will unfold.

Because it is only this invisible energy flow that creates….

- – – translated (and possibly paraphrased in translation) by Itsuo Tsuda,  recorded by André Nocquet Shihan in his Hombu training diary, 1955-57.  Published in Maître Morihei Ueshiba: présence et message p.228

…in the dojo(114)…

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…Bu-no ichi-nyo!!!! – - – the sword is an axe!!!…

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WOODCHOPPER!!!

1,000 CUTS!!!

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

bluebirdinidaho…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 is 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...

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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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…peace pole!!!…