Category Archives: Kuden (O’Sensei)

O’Sensei no kuden: Keiko (32)

The gokui of aiki is masakatsu agatsu katsuhayabi

– – – reported by Eiichi Kuroiwa, ‘Aikido and Me‘ translated on the Sangenkai website

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The gokui of the kamiyo is masakatsu agatsu katsuhayabi

– – – calligraphed by O’Sensei

…an index of talks and teachings by O’Sensei…

…in –

The SPIRIT of Aikido – by Nidai Doshu  (1984)

Aikido and the HARMONY of Nature – by Mitsugi Saotome Shihan
The PRINCIPLES of Aikido – by Mitsugi Saotome Shihan
A LIGHT on Transmission – by Mitsugi Saotome Shihan

TRADITIONAL  Aikido – by Morihiro Saito Shihan

It’s a lot like DANCING – by Terry Dobson Sensei

VIBRATION and Connection – by Seishiro Endo Shihan

Following the Martial PATH – by Walther G. Von Krenner Sensei

…and online…

… and medium length and longer excerpts in –

ENLIGHTENMENT through Aikido – by Kanshu Sunadomari Shihan

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“Ah, I see you are reading The Book of Five Rings…” (conv’n w/ MS) HARMONY p.239
“Aikido has as its mission the restoration and preservation of the health of both the individual and society…” LIGHT p.109
“Aikido is none other than the manifestation of the workings of love…” HARMONY p.31
“Aikido is not for beating others or winning battles…” PATH p.168
“Aikido is not for being victorious over people…” VIBRATION p.125
“Aikido is not the art of fighting using brute strength…” ENLIGHTENMENT p.29
“Aikido is realizing the original power of life…” HARMONY p.154
“Aikido is the culmination of the arts of the sword, spear, and body…” VIBRATION p.125

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O’Sensei no kuden: peace in the world

This aikido is something that makes the world more peaceful.

– – – reported by Kanshu Sunadomari Shihan, interview in  Gekkan Hiden Magazine, April 2009,  and on the Sangenkai website.

O’Sensei no kuden: peace in the world (2)

Denko sekai no ijo* – the light of the heavens is above the whole world and is more than its ways…

– – -recorded by Hirokazu Kobayashi Shihan, reported by André Cognard Shihan in Petit manuel d’aikido,  p. 44

* Mount Den-jo is the highest peak next to Mount Kurama…

O’Sensei no kuden: peace in the world (3)

Your physical movement must become a gesture that liberates.

– – – 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. 183

O’Sensei no kuden: peace in the world (4)

The goal of Budo is Friendship.  Train in such a way that your spirit harmonizes with everything that lives on this Earth.

– – – recorded by André Nocquet Shihan,  reported by J.-D Cauhépé and A. Kuang,  Shobu aïki. La victoire selon l’art chevaleresque de Morihei Ueshiba, pp. 38, and 43

O’Sensei no kuden: peace in the world (5)

It is absolutely not through a struggle against cosmic conditions that an  organism grows and preserves itself, but on the contrary, by adaptation  and harmony with them.

– – – recorded by André Nocquet Shihan,  reported in Aikido: Heart and Sword tr. Stanley Pranin,  p. 11

O’Sensei no kuden: peace in the world (6)

We never stop praying that there will be no fighting.  But if evil does come, we must be strong enough to sweep it away and protect Justice.

– – – reported by J-D. Cauhépé and A. Kuang,  Shobu aïki. La victoire selon l’art chevaleresque de Morihei Ueshiba,  p.43

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

O’Sensei no kuden: peace in the world (8)

Bu has come down to us from ancient times, and it’s important to understand that its original nature is to take our animal spirits and to manifest there the spirit of the creator, and to make the three worlds [ – manifest, hidden and divine – ] join together in harmony and loving kindness and mutual care… this is what it really is.

– – – O’Sensei,  probably audio-recorded by by Masatake Fujita,  transcribed by Sadateru Arikawa Shihan, published in Aiki-Shinzui,  p.90