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…in the dojo(129)!!!…


O’Sensei no kuden: in-yo(17)

When the Triangle, Circle, and Square become one, this unity becomes alive in a spherical rotation which is united with the flow of ki, and the Aikido of Sumikiri is made manifest.

– – – translated (and possibly paraphrased in translation) by Itsuo Tsuda, recorded by André Nocquet Shihan. Published in Shobu aïki. La victoire selon l’art chevaleresque de Morihei Ueshiba, by J-D. Cauhépé and A. Kuang,  p.101

In-yo-ho and Makoto…

– – – by Kimbal Anderson Sensei

So this movement of energy we’re showing, this thing, is creating a circulation within  y o u r   body.   Now some forms of aikido never go beyond this:  “I have my center…I take your center… I throw you…”  This is very much  “I’m okay, you’re uke“…  (in other words: “I maintain my integrity and you don’t need to….”)   Well, what I prefer is that you both have structural integrity and you both keep it as you feed in.  Which means that uke doesn’t bail out,  but is able to experience the influences of being drawn into a greater circulation of energy.

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Atemi Workshop (2), Sunday March 13, 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

So one of the things we covered in the first Atemi Workshop was the idea of  ‘a catalyst’. A tiny thing can create a great change. For instance: how many molecules of a match catch on fire first? One. But you can melt steel from this tiny thing. You also can reach Mars. It’s pretty good what we can do with just a spark.

So you can think of atemi as a creative spark.

You have atemi when you’re driving the car and someone hits full beam. It changes your attention doesn’t it? Can you NOT be affected by it? You might be conscious of what you do, but your pupils still dilate.

Atemi would be like putting cream of tartar in eggs so they whip up and make foam. It is  a tiny thing that changes the structure of something.

So we say: sen.  Initiative. We want to change the energy, in order to seize the initiative. But not in an aggressive way, not in the sense of harming, even if we physically strike them.

It seems like that you can’t do that. But that’s not true. And that’s one of the beauties of this.

Sunday, March 13, 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…

A piece of history!!!… Boise, 1991… Boise, 2016…


Adam Broom-san, 10 years old, taking a Kyu-test with his friend,  David Bogie-san, and  Rita Miller Leonard Sensei, at the 10th Street Dojo, in Boise, 1991.


Nate Broom-san, 10 years old,  Kimbal Anderson Sensei,  Adam Broom-san,  seated in front of the shinden at Komyozan Dojo, 2016.

We offer our heartfelt congratulations to Adam Broom-san on his continued training down the years  in our Aikido tradition – and to his son,  Nate-san,  ten years old,  for continuing in this tradition.  These two photographs, seen together, are so, so moving and are truly inspiring. Gambatte !!!

…the dojo porch at night…


Tenchi no hajime no toki…

Heaven and Earth are here-and-now ceaselessly creating and beginning again and again.  The beginning of Heaven and Earth that is laid out in the Kojiki is not the origin of physical matter that is discussed in astronomy, physics or history. And this is not because the Kojiki’s chapters on the Age of the Gods deal with things that happened spontaneously a long, long time ago – but nevertheless after that point in time. Now and – for that reason – here  – which is to say “in the here-and-now” – is the place where all the time Heaven and Earth are beginning. That is to say:  Heaven and Earth in reality are ceaselessly – both here and now – continuously being formed and are continuously creating. This “now” is called “the eternal present”.

– – – Koji Ogasawara,   Kototama Hyakushin,  p. 17

Rebeca has a show on Saturday, February 27…

… ‘FLAMENCO’  at 7:30 pm at The Sapphire Room at The Riverside Hotel…MahaviaFLAMENCOfbHEADER

… singing with MahaVia  in an evening of traditional Spanish flamenco with Derren Davidavich Crosby (flamenco guitar)  and Julianna ‘La Patita’ Thomas, Kelli Brown,  Natalie Gallegos as well as special surprise guests!  Full food menu and bar… get your tickets here or at the door!!!

…and her new CD, ‘VOGT’  by PALANKEEN 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.

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!!!…