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!!!! FINISHED ZOU !!!!

…and what a great Birthday Gift for Kimbal Sensei !!!!

O’Sensei no kuden: peace in the world (7)

In Aiki, live in the “present”, “naka-ima“, the eternal Now, and it will manifest in you and make you a co-creator of the Love and Solidarity which is due to all of Humanity: both on Earth and in Heaven: that is to say, to all those who have worked for and who still work for the diffusion and fertilization of Life.

– – – 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.210

Aiki-no-Yugen-no-Kigaku-ho, Saturday, August 6

Understanding that the mystery of existence is directly related to the ki-connectedness between us all can allow us to learn techniques for influencing an audience, fellow-performers, or an opposing swordsman. And the experience of practising these same techniques enhances our own creative flow and powers of collaboration.

Kigaku – – – the study of ki – – – is a part of most traditional Japanese arts – – – comprising a rich body of practice and wisdom: ki-flow, kizeme, working with our ki-body…

Practising these traditional exercises in the sacred dojo space, constructed according to mikkyo principles, is in itself a powerful and revelatory experience, and a making contact with the roots of Suzuki actor training,  and of many  gendai martial arts.

Practised as a ‘do‘, a Way, kigaku is a gateway to the mysterious: monji yugen kigaku-ho –  A returning to the roots of the ancient (ken-no-michi) to deepen the modern (Suzuki-ho).

“…opened up new opportunity for continuing growth, already reflected by improved engagement in my writing these past two days.” – Heidi Kraay, playwright and theater-practitioner

For performers, artists, and creative practitioners of every tradition. 

First Saturday of the month, 9:00 – 10:30am.

* mat fee $15 *



…followed by DOJO CLEANING !!!

André Nocquet at Hombu Dojo, Asahi Shimbun, 1956.nocqetdojocleaningCROP

…in the dojo(130)….a cosmic spiral!!!…


“A-O-U-E-I….” (5)

And then we are able to pronounce the phoneme:

‘I’ : the vowel with the highest vibratory intensity, which expresses the Affirmation of the individual [the yang energy of the individual mind] and which is felt as a vertical extension of our being, and as a stimulation of the Tree of Life.

kojikiFIRSTPAGESMALL‘I’ corresponds to the Cause of all phenomena, and to the Will which this Cause has to manifest itself.

‘I’ is a gesture which diffuses the shining radiance of the ‘Heart’ [kokoro 1) ] from the internal towards the external. It comes from the creative and formative Mind at work [ri, Principle] which acts on all things. As Will-power, it is a sign of the greatest spiritual activity. As the Law of impermanence (‘everything is change’) it is also the established order: which has to be continually re-established.

When ‘I’ is associated with


who looks like the sun, it corresponds to Fire, to Pingala… whereas his consort


who looks like the moon, corresponds to Water, to Ida.

And consequently, ‘IA’ is the way of re-integration starting with the ethereal, which, resonating in harmony with the center, contains in itself all of the four Elements.

– – – J-D. Cauhépé and A. Kuang, Shobu aïki. La victoire selon l’art chevaleresque de Morihei Ueshiba,   pp. 181-182

1) which is to say, the Storehouse Consciousness, or the Collective Sub-conscious, in the sequence kami>kokoro>ri>ki>actual manifestation

Peter has two shows playing with his sound design:

Oslo – in the Mitzi E. Newhouse at the Lincoln Center Theater in New York, June 16 to August 28… …and at the Vivian Beaumont Theater, March 23 to June 18, 2017…OSLOpostersoutsideVBCROP









…and The Comedy of Errors at Lake Tahoe Shakespeare Festival, July 8 to August 21…

Lynn’s new sculpture is here!!!…

…a sturdy small horse/ large pony, Torran is not strictly breed specific (though he strides through Lynn-san’s imagination with Spanish or Celtic ancestors).   Torran is a traditional-scale, resin release — available for order now….



…and two workshops are coming up: The Art of an Expressive Equine Face , Saturday-Sunday, September 3-4,  (with Open Studio on Monday, September 5)… and  We’ve got Legs , Saturday-Sunday, November 12-13, (with Open Studio on Monday, November 14)… 



Rebeca, performing at TedX Boise…

…with Mahavia Flamenco… 



...and Rebeca’s new CD: ‘VOGT’  by PALANKEEN…


…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.

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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