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Category Archives: 01-Kamae
– – – “…your overall kamae should arise from following the energy flow of the [myriad] kami, according to time, location…”
– – – Budo paragraph 1
On Sunday, September 15, Kimbal Anderson Sensei taught a workshop on Kamae – using paragraph 1 of the 1938 manual Budo as a reference point. We explored the interaction of ki, and aiki-inyo at a very basic level, exercises allowing the body freely to follow the guidance of Great Nature, where the motion comes from aiki-inyo.
“When you see that every technique comes from that – and when you have that feeling – you can understand. When you look at a picture you will not see the same black and white, static ‘ok, put your foot here, your hand does this…’ – and if someone describes it this way you can see that that is not aiki – it’s a description of a picture.
“O’Sensei described aiki really well, when he talked about hooking up to Dai-Shizen and letting this move you – basically, when he was saying, ‘follow the guidance of the Kami,’ really that’s the the forces of nature for us. And not to resist this intuitive understanding, and to get a body that is built to surf that thing, so the rigidity has to go, the violence and the preconceptions – – – that’s really the whole thing. When you get the feeling of it – then you can perform any kata from that place and it just naturally happens. You end up with Nature correcting you and not me or yourself. Nature does it perfectly…”
– – – Kimbal Anderson Sensei
Always place yourself in shizentai, with complete flexibility.
– – – reported by Nobutaro Hayashi, quoted by Nidai Doshu in A Life in Aikido, p.263
In the past people often wondered: “What form is the stance that presents no openings?” Yet, such a stance has no form, instead it is a harmonious state of connection through ki that is given life through the unification of spirit and body.
– – – passed on by Kanshu Sunadomari in Enlightenment through Aikido p.120
– – – Take a mental stance with the ki of love as your primary mindset. This is also training in the mindset of takemusu.
– – – passed on by Kanshu Sunadomari in Enlightenment through Aikido p.134
Open your heart in a sphere, and your body in three directions.
– – – reported by Henry Kono in Remembering O-Sensei, ed. Susan Perry p.91
When uke comes to attack, he doesn’t exist, Ueshiba doesn’t exist.
– – – reported by Henry Kono in Yin and Yang in Motion, interview with Guillaume Erard.
Your inhale should be as if you are gathering into the interior of your body the marvelous essence of the universe.
– – – reported by Motomichi Anno Shihan in Journey to the Heart of Aikido,
I am one with the [natural] universe – and I am nothing else.
– – – reported André Nocquet, Maître Morihei Ueshiba: présence et message p.240
You must open your body to the breath of the kami.
– – – translated (and possibly paraphrased in translation) by Itsuo Tsuda, reported by André Nocquet Shihan in Maître Morihei Ueshiba: présence et message p.69