Category Archives: Keiko


Using a rounded piece of wood, know the moon on the water!
– – – the dream of Muso Gonnosuke Katsuyoshi

Do not think about hitting your opponent,
Move without thinking, like moonlight into a leaky cabin.
– – – Yamaoka Tesshu

A man knows for sure:
However hard he hits the flow of a river,
The simple fact of a trace in the water:
–   doesn’t happen.
– – –  Hoshina Chikanori

The sayings of Hirokazu Kobayashi Shihan…

You should never make the same movement twice. If, as you watch a technique, you have the impression that it’s the right hand that’s pushing, well then, probably it’s the left, or even, if it’s not the left that’s pushing, then the right is pulling. If you think that the action happens above,  it is performed below. When you are attacked by a single person, act as if there were four attackers. Try to see better but understand that the thing that is being done is never the thing that you see. That which is apparent is never that which is truly.

Focus on the idea of being endlessly grateful, whatever might be the thoughts and events to which this applies. Say arigatai till you feel your body full of energy, then yoku naru without limiting this wish in any way… For whomever applies this rule, dekinai koto wa nashi. [there is nothing they cannot do].

[The way of aiki is] a Way for the forgetting of the self.

Every time [be] exactly at the center.

Aiki-ken contains [all] the necessary elements for the expression and understanding of the spiritual dimension of aikido.

Hold on to your partner’s arm the way you hold a baby in your arms, and dandle it [OR: cradle it,  rock it gently,  sooth it].

Never be afraid of not having enough energy, give unceasingly to others, and for as long as you do that, energy will come, still stronger, still more alive and abundant in you.

You’re showing too much [of] what you know. From now on, never display more than thirty per cent of your power…  When you teach, also, you must not show more than thirty per cent.

“Why” is an idiotic question. There is no “why”.

– – – reported by André Cognard Shihan  (So-Shihan of Aikido Kobayashi Ryu and designated successor to Hirokazu Kobayashi Shihan) in Petit manuel d’aikido,  pp. 52-3, 88, 108, 109, 116, 136;   Vivre sans ennemi, pp.33, 37.

…the sayings of Sasaki Masando Shihan…

There is someone who is not me in my little left finger, in this finger which closes my sword-grip. You can sense it during CHINKON.  The way in which you go from “cupped, round hands” to “triangle hands” [the chinkon mudra]…


If you put yourself into KAMAE and close your eyelids, for example, alternatingly: close them, then re-open them, slowly, then close them, and so on… you notice each time you close your eyes, at that moment, precisely, all your attention goes down to your hara, automatically. It’s strange to notice that! It’s like a little “explosion of the instant”: ISSHUN-BAKUDEN.  From this I draw the conclusion that the ideal would be to do Kokyu-ho with open eyes, but with the same feeling as with the eyes closed….


< Sensei suggests an exercise: :> In seiza, lean your torso forwards, slowly: the whole torso up to the point where your balance breaks… then return to normal and start over, and so on, continuously, very slowly…

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Embu for the 2013 Hyde Park Street Fair (1)

On Saturday September 14, 2013, Kimbal Anderson Sensei and members of Komyozan Dojo performed embu at the Hyde Park Street Fair, in honor of the Kami of the people and of Great Nature.

Consul General Hiroshi Furusawa and Kimbal Anderson Sensei

…Ki-kata and Tanren-ho…

In aiki keiko,  the most important things are practising ki-gata, and doing tanren-ho.   And Ki-gata absolutely have to be practised  [in a spirit of] shinken-shobu.  Because  in budo,  of course,  there has never been any such thing as a “sporting” contest.   Any  contest that does occur  is a  life and death struggle.   And yet,  seeking a contest for no reason  is  a terrible, terrible mistake.  Truly:  destroying life, shedding blood,  that is the biggest mistake a human-being can make.

– – – O’Sensei,  probably audio-recorded by by Masatake Fujita, transcribed by Sadateru Arikawa Shihan,  published in Aiki-Shinzui, p.161

Fast and Slow!!!…

– – – by Kimbal Anderson Sensei

One of the things that I’m always belaboring is the idea of  “move slow”.

One of the reasons I want you to move slow is to make sure that you’re co-ordinating your body correctly. The other is that you have control of your speed – I know at first that doesn’t seem as obvious… But I’m trying to make sure that you have the ability to control your speed in time and space.

So. Often, people move quickly thinking that, well, the real thing will happen really fast. Which may have some truth to it. But I would say that if you’re pretty perceptive, you won’t put yourself in that particular situation often. But then, if you think about driving, perhaps, and it’s snowy and icy and then just right in front of you it all of a sudden starts to develop into that thing we all know…

Now, being able to move into shikaku quickly could be called fast. A person thinks to strike, and in their activation they activate their ki and their body’s committed to moving – and ‘phwwt’, like the speed of light, you’re in the correct position…

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…new Tatami!!!!…


…early in the 1961 Japan TV documentary,   Aikido 1),    O’Sensei is seen lecturing in front of this exposition of TRIANGLE, CIRCLE, SQUARE…


[and see also the recent translation by the indispensable Stanley Pranin Sensei of an article on ‘Triangle, Circle, Square’ by Sakura Mai]


  • [TRIANGLE <PLUM>]  In the 3,000 worlds all at once the  [plum-]tree-blossom – the ki-energy – of aiki is opening…  in that light and in those miraculous sounds that are being produced, take control!
  • [CIRCLE <BAMBOO>]   Izu and mizu manifesting as a cross, as intersecting vertical and horizontal, as tate-yoko…  this is aiki…  now, on the golden bridge,  act as if you are fulfilling the destinies of Mount Fuji and of the whirlpools of Naruto!
  • [SQUARE / SHIKAKU <PINE>]  With the tate-yoko cross of aiki manifesting as [kotodama]  voices, as  light and as shadow…  in the light be aware of something like charcoal (sumi) 2)  and something like spirit…
1)  reissued on the Aikido Journal DVD,   Founder of Aikido
2)  Sasaki Masando Shihan used to refer to a verse by Ikkyu which describes kokoro as a sumi-e drawing of something intangible and ungraspable. There is a specialist meaning of kokoro, outlined  inter al  in eighteenth century versions of the Kujiki-den. In this schema, kokoro is the very first, subtle impulse of intent (the thing that O’Sensei was famously able to tune in to), this impulse becomes ri, the mind at work, which becomes ki just before it manifests in the “real” world as actual utterance or action.

…Iran, 3,000 BC…


O’Sensei no kuden: Triangle, Circle, Square

The secret of the Aikido of Sumikiri is in the spherical rotation of the triangle, circle and square – unified by the Ki-flow.

– – – recorded by André Nocquet Shihan,  reported by J.-D Cauhépé and A. Kuang,  Shobu aïki. La victoire selon l’art chevaleresque de Morihei Ueshiba,  p. 106